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Thomson awaits word on realignment

It will save a lot of money if a proposed realignment by the Georgia High School Association is approved for Thomson High School.

Such a change would begin next school term and continue through the 2011 school term.

"I think it's a great idea," Thomson High athletics director and head football coach Luther Welsh said. "We wouldn't have to do all that traveling to the coast every year. And that could save us a great deal of money in travel expenses."

Coach Welsh, who will return to coach another season, said the biggest thing that concerns him now is when they the GHSA will call a meeting for an official vote.

"We'd like to move to this new region, there's no question about it," coach Welsh said.

For Thomson, the reason is simple. It would save money, as well as significantly reduce the times that athletes have to get out of classes early to travel to away games.

"It would help us in a lot of ways to go to this new region realignment," he said.

The proposed realignment would have Thomson playing in a 12-team sub-region against mostly schools in the Augusta area. Thomson would be classified in the B side with other region teams split into an A side.

"The region would be sub-divided with the top two teams from each half advancing into the playoffs," explained coach Welsh. "That would be just fine with me. But we'll have to wait and see how the vote goes first."

Web posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009

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