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New Rivalires: Realignment moves North away from neighbors
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
January 22, 2014 11:39 AM | 1131 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
File Photo<br>North Paulding quarterback Chase Noonan during practice last season. North Paulding will move up to Class 6A competition in the fall.
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North Paulding quarterback Chase Noonan during practice last season. North Paulding will move up to Class 6A competition in the fall.
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The Georgia High School Association last week announced the region alignments for each of its programs for the next two academic years starting in the fall of 2014 and concluding the spring of 2016. The five Paulding programs each experienced significant changes to their individual region assignments.

North Paulding, which has been in Region 5-AAAAA for the past two years with Paulding County, East Paulding, Hiram and South Paulding, will move up one classification next season, becoming a member of Region 4-AAAAAA. The Wolfpack’s new region will include Cobb County schools Harrison, Hillgrove, Kennesaw Mountain, Marietta, McEachern, North Cobb and Osborne. North Paulding was separated from its county neighbor counterparts due to an increase in enrollment, forcing the move by the association.

“We look forward to the challenges of moving up in classification,” North Paulding athletic director Greg Cherry said. “Our programs are growing and we feel like we can be competitive in the new region. We will not be able to play all of the Paulding county schools but will face some of them in certain sports.”

The other four Paulding programs will stay in the same region along with Cobb County program Allatoona, Carroll school Villa Rica and Douglas programs Alexander, Chapel Hill, Lithia Springs and New Manchester.

“Of course we hate to lose North (Paulding) but we’re looking to schedule them for football and try in the other sports when we can,” East Paulding athletic director James Neal said. “We’ve built good relationships and positive rivalries with our other region members. We look forward to playing them in the future.”

Hiram athletic director Andy Dorsey said, “I think the [association] works extremely hard to make the classifications as fair as possible.

“It was good for Paulding County the past few years to be in the same region because it creates...communities and results in larger revenues for our schools. Our new region looks competitive and everyone is in close proximity.”

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