New Season, New Region

A representation of all the Brashier sports.
As you can see, the basketball and 
Volleyball have SCHSL on them, showing
we are part of the South Carolina High
School League. (photo by Mary Grace Sanders)

A representation of all the Brashier sports. As you can see, the basketball and Volleyball have SCHSL on them, showing we are part of the South Carolina High School League. (photo by Mary Grace Sanders)

Classifications, regions? What’s the big deal? Does the region a school is in really affect its school sports? These two things, particularly regions, play a big role in how well teams perform and where they fall compared to other schools in the region.

“The state is broken up into five classifications by total enrollment: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A. We are a 2A,” explains gym teacher Coach Stallard.

The difference of classifications is based on how many students the school has. 1A schools have the smallest enrollment with the fewest range of students, and 5A schools have the largest enrollment with the largest range of students. Brashier is a 2A school in Region II because we have 436 students enrolled.

“Each classification is broken up into six-eight regions. We are in Region II. The regions depend on the schools closer to your school and your size. However, Landrum has been proposed to be added to the region that Brashier will be in next year, raising some controversy as they have 641 students enrolled. I think it will still stay competitive as Liberty has around the same number of students enrolled as Landrum and that has not caused issues so far,” says senior project teacher Coach Horgan.

Just because there are certain teams in a region, that doesn’t mean a school is limited to only playing against them. For example, basketball can play 20 games. Fourteen of them are region games and the other six can be filled with differentteams from other regions.

“This season, basketball will play against other schools that are not in our region. This lets us get an idea of how we do compared to other schools we don’t normally play. This season, we will play Dixie, Wake Shoals, Chesnee, Greer Middle College, and St. Joseph’s, which are not in our region,” says Stallard.

Brashier gets new regions every two years instead of four because areas have started growing at a faster rate, changing the enrollment of schools.

“The issue with changing regions every two years is the inconsistency for programs that are pushing for state titles. Coaches and athletes finally get used to the competition and have collected film to have it change. The one thing I will say is that we have seen most all of those teams before from the previous region and we also see them during play offs. It will for sure affect region championships for the next few years, but I’m excited for the new competition,” says Horgan.

Classifications are the big umbrella that covers regions, which are over individual schools.

“Basically, classifications are subjects, like History. The regions are the topics that make up History, like WWI, WWII, etc. The specific teams make up the regions like the details of WWI make up what WWI is,” explains Stallard.

Although classifications and regions can be changed every two years, some schools won’t get new classifications, and possibly won’t get new regions at all. Usually, schools will get a new region, though, since that is more specific and can be altered in size with greater ease than classifications can.

“Right now we, are in Region II with Abbeville, Greenville Tech, Liberty, Ninety Six, Liberty, and Southside Christian. Next year, we will be in Region I with more private schools like St Joseph’s, Southside Christian, and Christ Church, who have been rumored to heavily recruit athletes,” says Horgan.

Brashier will have more private schools in our region next year, which gives us a disadvantage because those schools can give scholarships to certain students who do really well at a certain sport. This makes schools able to have generally better teams since they can get really athletic students. Some people are misinformed about a charter school lottery system, but one thing that needs to be pointed out is that charter schools can only accept those students whose numbers are called and no numbers are ever pulled based on athletics. Charter schools work with the students they have on campus only based on acceptance, once again leaving a possible disadvantage compared to schools that recruit athletes.

“Two years ago, Region I was not a nice place to be with all the higher ranked teams because those were mainly private schools that could recruit students by lowering their tuition,” says senior Logan Roach.

Being in Region I next year will make it harder for some of our sports and easier for others.

“I think cross country, basketball, volleyball, and soccer will have more of a challenge due to how the teams in Region I are generally better and more competitive at those sports. I think our baseball and softball teams will be better because our skill level is more similar to those schools. I think that will make it more competitive,” says Stallard.

Not only will baseball and softball perform better, but the teams they play are closer to our school.

“I’m excited to play Christ Church and Greer next season in softball because they are more similar to us on skill level. The teams that will be in Region I are not as far away, which makes it easier to balance school and sports since you don’t have to travel as far,” says junior Hannah Fugate.

Although we know what classification we will be in next year, there is a possibility that all the regions stay the same. The South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) lists the current classifications and regions there are right now. The regions for 2018-2020 were posted, which listed that we would be a Region I school, but then the list was taken down.

“After the 2018-2020 regions were taken down, there hasn’t been much talk about getting new regions. Even though we are supposed to get new regions every two years, there is suspicion that everything may stay the way it is right now,” says Stallard.