The GHSA has released their Class assignments for the 2020-22 school years. Schools can appeal through November 11. After appeals are handled, schools will be assigned to regions.
Click here for the Class assignment list
Class A public schools will be completely separated from private schools. Lincoln County remains in Class A Public along with Washington-Wilkes, Warren County, Hancock Central, and GMC. Aquinas will be in Class A Private. Our Devils can still play Aquinas, but it will not count as a region game.
Current speculation has LC being in a region with W-W, Warren County, Hancock, Greene County, and probably Commerce. Another region member may be Towns County (Hiawassee), a three-hour drive from Lincolnton. Commerce and Towns are currently in 8-A with the Athens private schools.
Aquinas, like Towns, is isolated from similar schools. The Irish will have lots of travel as they will have to be in a region with either Savannah, Macon, or Athens private schools.
As far as Class A Public as a whole, the big change looks to be Dublin moving down from Class 2A.
Looking at other area schools, Thomson and Cross Creek drop from 4A to 3A, while Westside moves up to 3A. Harlem and Hephzibah remain in 3A.
Richmond Academy and Burke County will be the only area schools in 4A, so they will be traveling often.
Grovetown, Evans, and Lakeside remain in 6A, but Greenbrier is slotted for 5A. Greenbrier can decide to play up in 6A.