Schools from the Midlands and around the state will make their appeals this week for 2018-20 South Carolina High School League realignment.
The SCHSL executive committee will hear the appeals on Wednesday and Thursday. Typically, appeals are done in one day, but there are more schools than usual appealing the realignment.
In 2015, seven schools appealed. Of those, only Chester won its appeal, which was for its region to be in the Upper State for the playoffs.
If schools are denied by the executive committee, they would be allowed to appeal to the appellate panel.
The committee will listen to hardship cases as well as realignment appeals. Five Midlands schools will be pleading their cases. Lugoff-Elgin, Blythewood, Spring Valley and Brookland-Cayce will have appeals heard on Wednesday. C.A. Johnson will make its appeal Thursday morning.
The Green Hornets are looking to move back to Class A, where they were in the 2014-16 alignment.
Blythewood and Spring Valley are appealing to stay in Region 4-5A instead of Region 3-5A with the Rock Hill area schools. Travel is the biggest reason. The schools would spend a lot of time on I-77 instead of staying in Region 5-5A, which is made up of Midlands schools.
Lugoff-Elgin and Brookland-Cayce are appealing to stay in their current classification. The realignment has L-E going to Region 5-5A, but the Demons want to stay in Class 4A and go to Region 3-4A with Westwood, Ridge View and Richland Northeast.
Brookland-Cayce wants to stay in Region 5-3A instead of moving to Region 4-4A.
“When they had four divisions and we were in 3A, we were around 1,000 (students) and the biggest schools like Hartsville and Marlboro County have like 300 or 400 more students than us,” Brookland-Cayce athletics director Rusty Charpia said last month. “So we go to five divisions and it is worse. We are sitting at 1,000 and schools have 500 or 600 more students than we have.
“I think we’ve got a good argument.”