Another Midlands school had its appeal denied by the South Carolina High School League Executive Committee.
The committee voted 13-0 to deny C.A. Johnson’s appeal Thursday on the second day of realignment appeals hearing. C.A. Johnson wanted to moved from proposed Region 3-2A to Region 2-A.
C.A. Johnson was a Class A school before the latest 2016-18 realignment when it was moved up to Class 2A. The Green Hornets enjoyed some success in Class A and made it to upper state championship in boys and girls basketball in 2015-16 season.
“We aren’t trying to get out of 2A to get a competitive edge. When we were in Class A level, we didn’t exactly dominate especially in spring sports,” CAJ athletic director Marlon Smith said. “But all momentum we had was lost.”
CAJ’s 135-day attendance figures were 395 students but principal Veronica Scott said that number had dwindled to 345 by the first day of school this week
Smith and Scott said the competitive spirit of the student-athletes from playing against Class 2A competition was “broken.” The Green Hornets suited up just 18 players for their first game Friday night and don’t have JV sports.
Because of that, Scott and Smith said athletes have transferred to other schools in the district.
C.A. Johnson could appeal its decision before the appellate panel next week. Blythewood, Spring Valley, Lugoff-Elgin and Brookland-Cayce which lost appeals Wednesday, will have second appeals Tuesday.
In other another appeals heard Thursday:
Philip Simmons High School, which is opened this year, won its appeal to move from Class A to Class 2A.
Charleston Charter for Math and Science won its appeal to go from Class 2A to Class A. Charleston Charter will take Phillip Simmons spot in Class A.
Palmetto Scholars won its appeal to move from Class 2A to Class A.
Andrews, Hannah-Pamplico, Allendale-Fairfax Dixie, Wade Hampton (H), Cheraw and Landrum had their appeals denied. Landrum will make a second appeal to the appellate panel.