The Georgia High School Association will allow teams to schedule regular season games against GISA teams.
The GHSA approved the motion Monday for "non-power ranking" sports, which includes all sports except football, baseball, basketball, and softball.
"I'm excited," says Tiftarea Academy athletic director Mike Patrick says, a feeling shared by many AD's of GISA schools.
Many GISA schools have been asking for this provision for quite some time, and Southland Academy AD Clint Humphrey says it's because it will ease travel concerns.
"It gives us an opportunity to not have to travel so far. Our region's very spread out," Humphrey says. "We have to go to Thomasville and Valdosta. Now hopefully we'll get a chance to play Americus-Sumter and Schley Co. and schools that are real close to us."
Both Patrick and Humphrey also agree it will give some of their better teams to step up in competition.
Patrick, who also serves as the Panthers' golf coach, says he hopes to schedule GHSA teams for his program to play.
"We can definitely compete in golf," Patrick says. "Against 6A schools, I don't know. But we could compete with smaller schools."
Humphrey agrees when discussing the Raiders' cross country and wrestling teams.
But would the GISA schools actually schedule games against GHSA opponents?
"It's always a possibility," says Patrick. "It'd be interesting."
Humphrey hopes Monday's ruling will open the door to one day allowing games between the two associations in those power ranking sports.
"We've lost several GISA schools to the GHSA," he says. "I think if we were allowed to compete in those sports, I don't think they would have left."
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