August 30, 2004
Albany - You will still need all five fingers on one hand to count the number of classifications in the Georgia High School Association.
A plan to go back to four classifications was scrapped by a sub-committee and was never considered by the full executive committee Monday afternoon.
Albany High athletic director Scott Horton, who is a member of the executive committee, says the GHSA wanted to go from five back to four classes and that the eight regions would be subdivided into 16, with only two teams from each of the 16 regions qualifying for postseason play.
Horton, who is one of many small school committee members opposed to the four classification plan, says the GHSA will instead develop a five classification plan for the spring meeting that will give the association and not the individual regions the power to subdivide regions.
The GHSA was basically forced to expand from four to five classes five years ago to appease then Georgia House speaker Tom Murhpy who did not like the fact that small public schools were having to compete with private schools.
The GHSA wanted to go back to four classes because of the longer travel it was placing on student athletes to compete in regular season events.
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