Colleton County will remain in AAAA for 2018-20
by Cindy Crosby | September 28, 2017 8:44 am
By CINDY CROSBY
Colleton County High School will remain in AAAA through 2018-20 following votes by the directors of Class AAAA and Class AAAAA. As part of the deal, Stall High School will switch with Colleton County and take their spot in Region 8-AAAAA. This decision means Colleton County will compete in a four-team bracket with Beaufort High School, Bluffton High School and Hilton Head High School in an all-sport classification.
In the proposed realignment released earlier in August by the South Carolina High School League, Colleton County would have shifted to Region 7 – AAAAA beginning in 2018-19, where they would have competed against Summerville, Ashley Ridge, Fort Dorchester and West Ashley.
Competing in a four-team region will now leave Colleton County working to fill schedules for all sports – which may prove difficult as Charleston area schools have agreed to cross-bracket in their classifications for non-region games.
Colleton County athletic director, Leon Hammond, stated earlier in September that Cougar Football would look to fill their schedule with Lakewood High School, Hardeeville-Ridgeland, possibly Orangeburg-Wilkinson, consider Georgia schools or the option of playing someone twice.
“It is not ideal being in a four-team region, but it allows us to maintain our level of competitiveness we have been building in this current classification,” said Hammond on Monday. “Coach Peeler and myself are busy scheduling games for next football season and are near completion.”
Distance Round Trip from CCHS (Fastest route via MapQuest) to Beaufort is 96 miles, while Bluffton is 122 miles and Hilton Head is 144 miles.