Brookland-Cayce will be one of the schools appealing the South Carolina High School League’s realignment proposal for the 2018-2020 season.
Under the proposal, B-C moves from Region 5-3A to Region 5-4A, joining Airport, North Augusta, Midland Valley, South Aiken and Aiken. B-C athletics director and football coach Rusty Charpia said the school will appeal to stay in Region 5-3A with Gilbert, Swansea, Strom Thurmond and Edisto.
“Moving us leaves the region we came from with only five teams,” Charpia said. “We are sitting at 1,000 students, and some other schools have 500 or 600 more students than we have. So I think we’ve got a good argument.”
The Bearcats would be one of the largest schools in Class 3A if they win the appeal. They had success in that class last year, playing for a state championship in girls’ soccer and making it to the lower state title games in football and basketball.
If the appeal is denied, B-C would be the smallest school in the region with 1,029 students, according to the 135-day enrollment numbers. North Augusta is the biggest with 1,501, while Aiken, South Aiken and Midland Valley each have more then 1,400 students.
Charpia also pointed out the added travel in the new region with trips to North Augusta and Midland Valley each more than 120 miles round trip.
B-C won’t be the only Midlands school making an appeal to the SCHSL executive committee Aug. 24. Lugoff-Elgin also will appeal its move from Class 4A to Class 5A.
The Demons want to move from Region 4-5A to Region 3-4A, which includes Midlands schools Ridge View, Richland Northeast and Westwood. If L-E wins, that might help Spring Valley if it appeals.
Spring Valley athletics director Tim Hunter said his school is exploring options to make an appeal. Schools have until 1 p.m. on Aug. 16 to make a written appeal.
Spring Valley and Blythewood were replaced by L-E, and Chapin moved from a Midlands region in Class 4A to Region 3-5A with other Rock Hill area schools. Sumter wants to move from Region 5-5A, which has teams from Pee Dee and Grand Strand to Region 4-5A with other Midlands teams.
Blythewood athletics director Barry Mizzell said he is unsure if his school will be appealing.