Irmo athletics director and football coach Bob Hanna is making his 2010 football schedule one last time.
Wednesday's decision by the Executive Committee of the S.C. High School League to deny an appeal from Lancaster and stick with the realignment plan it approved on Nov. 11 moved Irmo back to Region 4-4A for the 2010-12 seasons.
On Nov. 24, the committee had granted Lancaster's request to be moved from Region 3 to Region 4. That bumped Irmo from Region 4 - which also includes Spring Valley, Ridge View, Dutch Fork, Richland Northeast, Blythewood and Lugoff-Elgin's non-football sports - to Region 5, and moved Boiling Springs from Region 2 to Region 3.
Boiling Springs protested that its officials were not notified Lancaster's appeal would effect its assignment and had no chance to speak at the hearing, which is required by the organization's constitution.
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The procedural error nullified the decision and necessitated Wednesday's hearing.
Hanna said officials from Lancaster told him of the plan they would put forth to the committee and asked if he would oppose changing regions. He had no objections.
"It'll work either way. Being in Region 4 or Region 5 did not make an issue with me because we've been in both," said Hanna, who did not speak at Wednesday's hearing.
But Boiling Springs athletics director Bruce Clark told the committee, "If we are forced to make this transition, it is going to punish us financially."
He said the Bulldogs' transportation costs would nearly double, to an estimated $60,000. Clark also noted that Region 3 does not have a full slate of girls golf teams, while principal Chuck Gordon raised concerns about student spectators' inability to make the longer trips to support their teams, and breaking up rivalries in their current region.
Lancaster had requested to be in Region 4 to avoid travelling to the Upstate to Region 3 competitions. But without support for the plan from the other schools involved, Lancaster's appeal was unanimously denied.
"We are concerned with every school in the state and all students," committee member Darrell Johnson said before the vote. "Our whole interest is focusing on the safety of all of the schools and to do what's best for (Class) 4A."
With the matter settled, Hanna is working the phones - for the third time.
"It is just going back and getting schedules again is a pain. I had it done twice, and now I've got to go and do it again," he said.