Realignment didn’t amount to much as far as the Golden Isles is concerned.
The GHSA announced its reclassification alignments for the 2020-22 seasons Tuesday, and the biggest changes are the result of a 2.0 multiplier on students attending a school outside its designated attendance zone as the organization looks to level the playing field between private and public institutions.
But the change had little effect in regards to the area’s teams. Brunswick High and Glynn Academy remain in Class 6A, the former making the cut by just six students.
The Pirates and Terrors have occupied the same region since 2014, the year Class 7A was first established. Both programs competed in Class 5A for two seasons before moving up to 6A in 2016.
“It’s better for us to always be in the same classification,” said Glynn County athletic director Steve Waters. “We were hoping both of them would end up in 6A. Even though Brunswick’s at the bottom of 6A, those numbers are skewed somewhat in that this is the first year Georgia High School has used that multiplier.
“I feel like Brunswick and Glynn’s numbers are both good and strong as far as 6A numbers.”
The GHSA reclassification count has Glynn Academy at 2,057 students — 1,900 by full-time equivalency plus 157 out of zone. Brunswick sits at 1,808, 15 fewer than the next closest 6A school Northside Columbus, with 18 student considered out of zone. Wheeler has the largest reclassification count in 6A at 2,654.
One thing that could change for Brunswick and Glynn is the makeup of its region.
Richmond Hill is slated to move up into Class 7A, leaving a void in the current Region 2-6A. South Effingham was bumped up a class from 5A, and could make a natural replacement.
“There’s a couple options,” Waters said. “I’ve talked to about 10 athletic directors today, I even called Georgia High School this morning, and we should know by the end of the week according to Georgia High School.
“There’s a few options, and one, we’d have a five-team region again with South Effingham replacing Richmond Hill. There’s a possibility of an eight-team region with our five teams plus the three Augusta schools. And then the third option would be sending us to the left to Valdosta, which I feel like is unlikely.”
With a reclassification count of 2,487, Camden will remain in the state’s highest classification, along with Region 1-7A rivals Lowndes, Colquitt County and Tift County.
McIntosh County Academy will also stay put in Class A-Public with a count of 379 students, none of which are classified as out of zone.