The S.C. High School League distributed its proposed realignment plan for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years to member schools Friday, and a couple of changes will come to the Lowco sports scene if the plan is approved.
Most notably, the proposal would move Beaufort High from Region 7-4A to Region 8-3A, where the Eagles would rekindle their rivalry with crosstown foe Battery Creek.
That would be the only change to Region 7-4A, though, as Bluffton, Colleton County, Hilton Head High, James Island, Lucy Beckham, and May River would remain the region.
The reconfigured Region 8-3A would look significantly different from the region the Dolphins have played in the past two years, as Hanahan, North Charleston, and Philip Simmons would remain, but Bishop England and Oceanside Collegiate — both powerhouses in the current region — would drop to Class 2A.
The other shift affecting the Lowco comes in Class 1A, where Bridges Prep and Royal Live Oaks would move from Region 6-1A to Region 7-1A, joining natural rival Whale Branch.
Ridgeland-Hardeeville would remain in Region 6-2A, joined by Barnwell, Edisto, Wade Hampton, and Woodland.
The next step in the process comes with the organizational meetings for each classification from Jan. 18-20, with any appeals to the SCHSL Executive Committee to be heard from Jan. 24-26. The process is scheduled to be completed and the final realignment released on Feb. 22.