The final tweak to what became an arduous realignment process will keep Irmo High in Region 5-4A until the end of the 2011-12 school year.
The S.C. High School League sided with Lancaster High and will keep the Bruins in Region 4-4A with Midlands schools Ridge View, Spring Valley, Blythewood, Richland Northeast, Dutch Fork and, for all sports but football, Lugoff-Elgin.
Irmo had been slated to join that group while Lancaster was to join Region 3 with Upstate teams from Spartanburg and Rock Hill.
Now, Irmo is in Region 5-4A, its current home, with White Knoll, Lexington, North Augusta, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, South Aiken and Aiken.
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Irmo athletics director/football coach Bob Hanna said the move will help keep travel to a minimum.
- Steve Wiseman