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GHSA splits Class A public and private schools
Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Jonathan Heeter MACON TELEGRAPH, and Collins Knighton, Vidalia communications

The GHSA executive committee overwhelmingly voted to split public and private schools in every sport of the playoffs in the smallest classification in the state Tuesday morning at the Macon Coliseum.

The split will create separate state championships in Class A, and now gives the GHSA seven state championships overall. The split won by a 36-12 vote with one abstain.

The split will go into effect beginning with the 2012-13 school year.

Locally, Treutlen AD and Head Football Coach Britt Ingle, who is on the executive committee, says he was surprised by the lopsided vote. Ingle said, “everyone involved did a real good job of presenting their side. And, even those who didn’t have a dog in the fight, thought it was the right thing to do.” When asked if he was, as a Single A head Coach, happy with the decision. Ingle said, “Yes. We are single A school, and I think it will help us in most of the other sports. Our baseball team was in the final 4 last year and lost to a private school, and we were one of the only public schools left.”

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