UNION COUNTY — Earlier this month the South Carolina High School League released their 2018 realignment for sports. Union County was to stay in Region Two Class 4A, and two teams were going to be added to their region.
Well, that is no longer the case.
On Tuesday, the appellate panel heard appeals from schools about the proposed 2018 reclassification. Union County appealed the decision that left them in Class 4A and asked to be moved to Region 3 Class 3A, and the seven-person panel voted 4-3 to grant the Yellow Jackets request. This means that starting with the 2018 football season the Union County High School Yellow Jackets will be a 3A team.
As it currently stands the Yellow Jackets will be in the same region as Woodruff, Clinton, Newberry, Mid Carolina, and Emerald. This move will make travel a lot easier for Union County. They will no longer have to make numerous trips up I-85 to play the teams in Greenville that they currently play like Blue Ridge, Eastside, and Travelers Rest.
The move to 3A makes a lot of sense for the Jackets. They will go from one of the smallest schools in 4A to one of the largest in 3A. This will allow Union County to compete with schools more it’s size with a similar number of athletes versus schools like South Pointe that are larger.
Landrum High School also won their appeal. The Cardinals were slated to make the jump from 2A to 3A next season but will now stay in 3A. Dixie High School also won their appeal and will remain in region one A with Whitmire.
Tyler Shugart can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.