THOMASVILLE – Thomasville's last opportunity to stay in Region 1-AA occurs on Monday when its appeal will be heard before the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Executive Committee. Thomasville hopes to stay in Class AA instead of being placed up into Class AAA, according to enrollment numbers by the GHSA.

“This would be the last chance,” Thomasville athletic director Jeremy Rayburn said. “This goes in front of the executive committee. It's my understanding that meeting, after the appeals, they will ratify the whole process. 

“You don't have any other options. Once Monday's over with, wherever they let us land, that's where we'll be.”

Thomasville is currently slated to join Monroe, Dougherty, Crisp County, Carver-Columbus, Columbus High in Region 1-AAA. Bulldogs football coach Zach Grage said the travel concerns associated with the classification jump is what Thomasville is most concerned about.

“Anybody that looks at 2-A or 3-A as far as competition goes, I don't think there's a whole lot of difference. You might see that 2-A might be even stronger than 3-A as far as top to bottom, as far as names go,” Grage said. “Right now we're just looking at it from a pure mileage, isolation standpoint. When they added the Columbus schools into our region, you're looking at two or three-hour trips. You're looking at all the sports that play on Tuesdays and Saturdays and throughout the week — baseball, softball, cross country, tennis — it comes down to the fact that we have a minimum amount of buses in the city school system; a minimum amount of drivers, which I think is a statewide issue.

“I think right now, logically, it just makes sense that we're able to not have to make those three-hour trips to Columbus twice. It's just going to put so much stress on the system.”

The GHSA Executive Committee will convene its meeting Monday at 10 a.m.

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