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Lee County makes its case, awaits GHSA’s decision

The GHSA could make a decision on Jan. 7

Rob Williams

Rob Williams

LEESBURG – Lee County High School principal Kevin Dowling and athletic director Rob Williams spoke to the Georgia High School Association’s Reclassification Committee Tuesday morning regarding Lee County’s placement in Class AAAAAA for the 2014-16 seasons.

And the most encouraging thing Williams pointed out is there is still hope the Trojans will be allowed to remain in Class AAAAA.

“At least it wasn’t a no,” Williams said.

Dowling and Williams had three minutes to voice their concerns at the GHSA’s Thomaston offices. Lee officials have disagreed with the GHSA’s decision to place the school in Class AAAAAA for the next two years. The school missed the cutoff to play in Class AAAAA by two students. Any school with enrollment numbers of 1800 or higher must play in Class AAAAAA, the state’s highest classification.

Lee County is currently slated to play in Region 1-AAAAAA against schools like Lowndes, Colquitt County and Tift County, whom Williams said have far greater numbers.

The GHSA Reclassification Committee met on Tuesday to discuss matters in Class AAAAA, where one North Georgia region had as many as 17 schools.

Williams said the GHSA could make a decision on Jan. 7 when the Reclassification Committee meets again.

“You never know how those things are going to go,” he said. “But on a positive side, they didn’t say no.

“We just want to be put on a level playing field. That’s all we’re requesting.”

The Trojans competed in Class AAAAA, then the state’s highest classification, from 2000 to 2004. But Lee has had enrollment numbers to compete in the next-to-highest classification since.

According to the GHSA website, Thomas County Central had requested for its football team to play in Class AAAA along with the rest of its sports. The Jackets were isolated into Region 1-AAAA in every sport except football, where they were scheduled to play in Region 1-AAAAA.

However, the GHSA denied the Jackets’ request for their football team to also play in Region 1-AAAA.