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AHSAA shakes things up

There were a lot of nerves and excitement regarding the new Alabama High School Athletic Association re-classification for 2018 through 2020. Even though no local programs will be changing classifications there was still plenty of moving and shaking on Thursday.

Three of the local AHSAA member schools will remain in the same region, but with different opponents.

In football Pike County will move from Region 3 to Region 2 along with Geneva, Houston Academy, Opp, Providence Christian, Slocomb, Straughn and Wicksburg.

Goshen remains in Class 2A Region 3 along with familiar foes New Brockton, Calhoun, Central-Hayneville, Luverne and Zion Chapel. They will be joined by newcomers Highland Home and Samson. Elba makes the transition to Class 1A.

“We are excited,” said Eagle head coach Bart Snyder. “Highland Home is a very good football team. Samson is coming in is another good team from down the road.”

Charles Henderson will also have some new faces over the next years. Joining the Trojans in Region 2 will be Beauregard, Carroll, Greenville, Rehobeth, Tallassee and Valley.

In basketball there were also plenty of local shakeups. In Class 5A the Trojans will make up Area 3 along with Carroll, Greenville and Rehobeth.

Goshen will be in Class 2A Area 4 along with New Brockton, Samson and Zion Chapel.

In Class 3A Pike County will be in Area 4 with Houston Academy, Providence Christian and Wicksburg.

Baseball and softball will also have a different look in the spring of 2018. The Eagles baseball team will make up Area 5 with Luverne, New Brockton and Zion Chapel. The Lady Eagles softball team will be part of Area 4 with Ariton, Luverne and Zion Chapel.

In Class 3A play the Bulldogs baseball team will take part in Area 4 along with Houston Academy, Providence Christian and Wicksburg. In softball the Bulldogs will be in three-team Area 5 with Bullock and Pike Road Historical School.

Both the Charles Henderson baseball and softball teams will make up Class 5A Area 3 along with Carroll, Greenville and Rehobeth.