Even though the new Georgia High School Association classifications were released in the winter, athletic teams that typically play in areas, or amended regions because of lower participation among schools, are just now finding out their league partners for the upcoming two seasons.
The GHSA released area assignments for upcoming fall sports in cross country and volleyball, as well as wrestling and lacrosse.
In the newly-created Class AAAAAAA, Forsyth Central and Milton have joined in with the four other Forsyth schools—Lambert, North Forsyth, South Forsyth and West Forsyth. That will also become the six-team region for Area 5 of volleyball. The top four teams in the area will qualify for postseason play.
Last season the Area 6 teams in Class AAAAAA, which included South, Lambert, West and North, competed in an area that was identical to Region 6-AAAAAA, composed of ten teams from Forsyth and north Fulton counties.
The other fall sport of note is cross country, which will have just four areas in the highest classification for the next two years. The Region 5 schools will combine with Region 4 schools Cherokee, Etowah, Lassiter, Roswell, Walton and Woodstock.
Both boys and girls lacrosse areas will be the Region 5 teams, plus Alpharetta, Cambridge and Chattahoochee. Alpharetta and Chattahoochee were already area foes before the reclassification, while Cambridge is moving up from last year’s Area 3-AAAAA membership. The Bears will add even more quality to the area—they finished last season with an 8-2 area mark and a 12-8 overall record.
Wrestling areas will remain the same as the region alignment.
Things will be a bit more complicated over at Pinecrest Academy. The Paladins will become familiar with schools as east as Athens and as north as Tallulah falls in cross country, golf, track and wrestling. Athens Academy, Athens Christian, George Walton, Hebron Christian, Lakeview Academy, Prince Avenue, Providence, Tallulah Falls, Riverside Military and Wesleyan will all compete against Pinecrest in league, while wrestling will include a mix of those schools, Pinecrest’s usual local foes and schools like Commerce, Holy Innocents and Towns County. Because cross country, golf and track are meet-based the traveling won’t be as much of an issue as it would with other sports.
Pinecrest’s lacrosse membership will be with Buford, Fellowship, Greater Atlanta Christian, Holy Innocents, Mount Pisgah, North Springs and Wesleyan and tennis and volleyball will be truncated versions of its core region, 6-A, because of fewer established teams.