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Maxwell computes travel mileage for GHSA teams

By on January 9, 2014 9:43 am

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GHSA-logoGeorgia High School Association researcher Loren Maxwell has computed the average round-trip linear distances for region contests for each of the GHSA’s 450 member schools. Maxwell’s breakdown of the regions and schools – with their average travel distances – are shown below.

The GHSA will ratify its new region and class alignments for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years on Tuesday.

The travel distances for the new reclassification cycle are not much different than the current cycle, but they demonstrate the travel challenges faced by rural Georgia schools that are increasingly isolated under a six-classification system in a state where metro Atlanta is growing and opening new schools  much faster than the rest of Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution provides a synopsis of the state’s travel scenarios. The average round-trip linear distance for region opponents in Georgia is about 60 miles, but for about 30 Georgia schools – all outside of metro Atlanta – it’s about twice that, meaning two-hour drives are the norm.

For the new cycle starting this fall, the GHSA made a new bylaw that allowed it to place certain isolated schools in one class for football and another for other sports. That move will cut the travel times for Bainbridge, Thomas County Central and Camden County in half. Thomas Central, for example, is an average of 241.94 miles from its eight football rivals in Region 1-AAAAA, but only 97.78 miles from its average region rivals for other sports in 1-AAAA.

Thomas Central, which has AAAAA enrollment, was denied in its appeal to compete in 1-AAAA for all sports, a decision that will mean an extra 1,200 miles of travel over two seasons for region football games. But under old GHSA rules, Thomas Central would’ve been traveling those distances for all sports.

Two other schools were allowed to play football in one class and another for other sports. Camden County’s average round-trip distances are 241 for football, 95 for other sports. Bainbridge’s numbers are 222 and 109.

The region with the most travel will be 3-AAAA. The average ronud-trip distance between its six schools will be 162 miles. Thomson leads the way at 217.03. The most central school, New Hampstead, travels an average of 111 miles.

The best situation for travel is in Subregion A of 4-AAA, which ironically comprises schools from three counties. McNair, Cedar Grove and Towers are from DeKalb, Maynard Jackson and South Atlanta from Atlanta Public Schools and North Clayton from Clayton. The average distance among them is 13.05 miles.

McNair is an average of 9.36 round-trip miles from its subregion opponents, the shortest distance in the state.

Key -

AVG RT = The average round-trip distance for schools within their region or subregion. For schools in subregions, this measures only distances for subregion rivals.

Football = The average round-trip distance for region games in football (for those in regions with non-football playing schools).

Full Region – The average round-trip distance for schools for the region as a whole (for those schools in regions that are subdivided).

1 – AAAAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Camden County N/A 241.27
Colquitt County 70.24 107.24
Lee County 122.49 162.40
Lowndes 81.55 104.95
Tift County 77.16 109.48
Valdosta 81.17 103.30
2 – AAAAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Alcovy 50.72
Lakeside (Atlanta) 47.00
Lovejoy 54.95
Newton 40.14
Rockdale County 35.32
Tucker 44.86
3 – AAAAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Campbell 40.04
Douglas County 31.91
East Coweta 52.43
Langston Hughes 29.72
Newnan 54.05
Pebblebrook 30.36
South Cobb 32.01
Westlake 28.26
4 – AAAAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Harrison 11.94
Hillgrove 12.21
Kennesaw Mountain 12.81
Marietta 13.66
McEachern 14.88
North Cobb 15.48
North Paulding 26.45
Osborne 18.05
5 – AAAAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Cherokee 27.51
Etowah 18.60
Lassiter 13.02
Milton 20.31
Pope 13.36
Roswell 15.85
Walton 15.85
Wheeler 19.09
Woodstock 16.36
6 – AAAAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Alpharetta 25.14
Centennial 31.42
Chattahoochee 23.77
Habersham Central 101.62
Johns Creek 25.56
Lambert 23.80
North Forsyth 35.43
Northview 24.41
South Forsyth 24.03
West Forsyth 28.50
7 – AAAAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Collins Hill 14.72
Duluth 15.82
Meadowcreek 20.90
Mill Creek 26.64
Mountain View 19.03
Norcross 22.02
North Gwinnett 16.92
Peachtree Ridge 13.77
8 – AAAAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Archer 17.45
Berkmar 16.42
Brookwood 11.87
Central Gwinnett 14.15
Dacula 21.68
Grayson 15.50
Parkview 16.45
Shiloh 15.94
South Gwinnett 12.61
1 – AAAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Bainbridge N/A 222.89
Carver (Columbus) 31.38 81.51
Columbus 25.93 79.26
Hardaway 24.37 78.54
Harris County 36.89 95.94
LaGrange 70.06 131.44
Northside (Columbus) 23.39 80.04
Shaw 23.56 79.50
Thomas County Central N/A 241.94
2 – AAAAA – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Cross Creek 29.05 108.98
Evans 14.65 99.51
Greenbrier 20.33 102.99
Grovetown 20.25 97.94
Lakeside (Evans) 15.28 102.27
Richmond Academy 20.33 107.24
2 – AAAAA – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Houston County 28.42 158.47
Jones County 56.26 137.74
Northside (Warner Robins) 22.14 149.64
Warner Robins 22.48 149.58
3 – AAAAA – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Brunswick 83.70 119.43 112.20
Camden County 95.37 N/A 146.19
Coffee 147.53 167.65 168.53
Glynn Academy 83.11 123.06 114.88
Ware County 97.22 143.79 139.15
3 – AAAAA – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Bradwell Institute 62.70 90.49 96.32
Effingham County 51.34 117.74 128.50
Richmond Hill 54.66 97.81 104.53
South Effingham 44.05 105.63 115.36
Statesboro 71.03 126.05 137.09
4 – AAAAA – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Drew 21.74 26.44
Forest Park 23.90 26.21
McIntosh 25.40 36.65
Morrow 25.63 24.92
Mundy’s Mill 21.30 24.01
Northgate 31.89 45.27
Starr’s Mill 30.25 38.28
4 – AAAAA – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Dutchtown 16.80 23.54
Luella 21.09 30.95
Ola 20.60 37.93
Stockbridge 16.23 25.62
Union Grove 13.25 28.45
Woodland (Stockbridge) 15.50 28.36
5 – AAAAA – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Allatoona 22.86 36.79
East Paulding 13.26 25.44
Hiram 12.76 20.87
Paulding County 12.00 22.74
South Paulding 23.40 20.93
5 – AAAAA – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Alexander 14.67 24.07
Chapel Hill 13.64 24.99
Lithia Springs 18.91 23.47
New Manchester 16.07 26.92
Villa Rica 28.13 30.51
6 – AAAAA – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Clarkston 15.36 24.48
Druid Hills 18.99 23.22
Dunwoody 31.86 37.95
M.L. King 19.43 26.67
Miller Grove 17.11 28.04
Southwest Dekalb 15.80 23.46
Stephenson 18.38 30.94
6 – AAAAA – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Banneker 18.06 34.28
Carver (Atlanta) 19.76 22.38
Creekside 26.31 45.42
Mays 17.89 28.78
Tri-Cities 15.39 24.66
7 – AAAAA – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Cass 45.76 53.69
Creekview 57.94 45.73
Dalton 92.91 111.66
River Ridge 50.75 37.38
Rome 72.23 87.71
Sequoyah 50.61 39.23
Woodland (Cartersville) 51.39 54.46
7 – AAAAA – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Cambridge 29.60 45.39
Forsyth Central 45.68 58.89
Kell 27.21 37.97
North Atlanta 32.43 56.16
North Springs 22.41 45.32
Riverwood 23.93 46.75
Sprayberry 24.42 39.71
8 – AAAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Apalachee 38.60
Cedar Shoals 64.72
Clarke Central 59.34
Flowery Branch 47.47
Gainesville 62.11
Heritage (Conyers) 63.87
Lanier 50.71
Loganville 42.92
Salem 64.50
Winder-Barrow 39.92
1 – AAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Albany 60.79 50.43
Americus-Sumter 107.47 92.80
Bainbridge 109.24
Cairo 97.85 114.67
Cook 112.01 113.44
Crisp County 99.53 84.41
Dougherty 60.02 49.84
Monroe 60.30 50.68
Thomas County Central 97.78
Westover 63.25 53.37
Worth County 68.77 59.37
2 – AAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Baldwin 90.42
Howard 62.54
Mary Persons 73.87
Perry 71.24
Upson-Lee 95.60
Veterans 67.38
West Laurens 107.33
3 – AAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Burke County 160.27 160.32
Liberty County 114.58 132.96
New Hampstead 111.00
Thomson 217.03 212.42
Wayne County 143.86 156.21
Windsor Forest 123.21 148.03
4 – AAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Eagle’s Landing 27.86 29.16
Eastside 52.25 51.93
Griffin 41.79 44.24
Hampton 29.92
Henry County 28.73 30.11
Jonesboro 33.11 33.95
Locust Grove 35.29 36.79
Mount Zion (Jonesboro) 32.14 32.88
Riverdale 38.24 39.08
Spalding 41.59 43.91
Walnut Grove 61.24 60.54
5 – AAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Carrollton 77.84
Fayette County 44.51
Pike County 69.12
Sandy Creek 44.42
Troup 87.84
Whitewater 44.60
Woodward Academy 60.36
6 – AAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Arabia Mountain 28.06
Chamblee 19.00
Columbia 17.49
Cross Keys 17.07
Grady 19.89
Lithonia 21.70
Marist 20.29
Redan 17.19
St. Pius X 16.24
Stone Mountain 16.01
7 – AAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Cartersville 91.85
Gilmer 70.59
Heritage (Ringgold) 57.58
Lafayette 59.25
Northwest Whitfield 53.00
Pickens 85.07
Ridgeland 69.37
Southeast Whitfield 49.86
8 – AAAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Buford 59.43
Chestatee 55.40
Johnson (Gainesville) 52.00
Madison County 99.61
Monroe Area 70.55
North Hall 58.79
North Oconee 69.49
Stephens County 90.02
White County 76.67
1 – AAA – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Appling County 74.93 74.93
Brantley County 114.07 114.07
Dodge County 142.62 142.62
Pierce County 94.16 94.16
Tattnall County 88.59 88.59
Toombs County 91.85 91.85
1 – AAA – Div B  AVG RT  Football  Full Region
Beach 19.19 24.75
Islands 22.54
Jenkins 18.77 24.98
Johnson (Savannah) 18.47 25.15
Savannah 18.83 25.41
Savannah Arts Academy 17.84
Southeast Bulloch 84.08 83.08
2 – AAA – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Jordan 49.31 115.36
Kendrick 45.34 109.29
Peach County 120.57 77.89
Spencer 48.61 116.00
2 – AAA – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Central (Macon) 26.09 78.09
Jackson 75.44 110.08
Rutland 30.13 74.20
Southwest 25.03 75.81
Westside (Macon) 25.68 72.61
3 – AAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Butler 20.21 26.99
Davidson Magnet 21.71
Glenn Hills 21.02 27.07
Hephzibah 31.22 35.12
Johnson (Augusta) 20.84
Josey 19.99 27.63
Laney 20.73 29.11
Technical Career Magnet 20.53
Washington County 111.21 109.67
Westside (Augusta) 25.44 32.25
4 – AAA – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Cedar Grove 11.07 20.03
Maynard Jackson 12.33 15.53
McNair 9.36 16.60
North Clayton 18.13 21.08
South Atlanta 11.12 18.19
Towers 16.27 22.31
4 – AAA – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Blessed Trinity 40.49 40.94 45.29
Coretta Scott King Academy 15.67 19.03
Decatur 23.15 23.52 17.94
Douglass 15.34 17.56 17.28
Therrell 21.34 23.11 20.07
Washington 15.64 17.05 15.23
Westminster 17.13 18.73 20.67
5 – AAA – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Callaway 82.22 115.80
Central (Carrollton) 50.66 64.20
Haralson County 67.54 54.20
5 – AAA – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Cedartown 22.88 56.02
Pepperell 25.74 70.02
Rockmart 25.88 57.79
6 – AAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Adairsville 55.63
Calhoun 39.57
Coahulla Creek 43.18
Gordon Central 38.45
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 59.13
Murray County 39.44
North Murray 39.47
Ringgold 49.23
Sonoraville 45.24
7 – AAA AVG RT Football Full Region
Banks County 61.41
Dawson County 56.66
East Hall 49.51
Fannin County 97.39
Franklin County 86.14
Lumpkin County 54.91
West Hall 56.47
8 – AAA AVG RT Football Full Region
East Jackson 46.64
Elbert County 71.92
Hart County 79.73
Jackson County 49.02
Jefferson 48.57
Morgan County 79.00
Oconee County 52.75
1 – AA AVG RT Football Full Region
Berrien 124.63
Brooks County 111.63
Early County 146.35
Fitzgerald 149.96
Pelham 92.83
Seminole County 135.50
Thomasville 97.85
2 – AA AVG RT Football Full Region
Bacon County 125.52 118.18
Benedictine 96.94 109.53
Bryan County 86.18 89.58
Groves 95.05 107.34
Jeff Davis 127.07 119.38
Long County 85.16 84.22
McIntosh County Academy 108.42 110.15
Saint Vincent’s Academy 97.97
Vidalia 122.23 117.16
3 – AA AVG RT Football Full Region
Dublin 99.48
East Laurens 89.02
Harlem 122.97
Jefferson County 87.57
Metter 96.41
Screven County 113.33
Swainsboro 75.65
4 – AA AVG RT Football Full Region
Bleckley County 108.55
Crawford County 76.46
Lamar County 88.60
Macon County 109.74
Monticello 89.56
Northeast 71.07
Putnam County 110.03
5 – AA AVG RT Football Full Region
Bowdon 81.35
Bremen 87.01
Chattahoochee County 158.79
Heard County 76.84
Manchester 107.89
Temple 88.58
6 – AA AVG RT Football Full Region
BEST Academy 25.87
Greater Atlanta Christian 33.04
Hapeville Charter 41.41
Holy Innocents 22.97
K.I.P.P. Atlanta Collegiate 23.75
Lovett 21.66
Pace Academy 20.11
Wesleyan 32.99
7 – AA AVG RT Football Full Region
Armuchee 37.78
Chattooga 40.82
Coosa 42.66
Dade County 72.12
Darlington 44.95
Gordon Lee 68.20
Model 42.66
8 – AA AVG RT Football Full Region
Greene County 112.63
Oglethorpe County 95.15
Rabun County 131.25
Riverside Military Academy 105.74
Social Circle 113.72
Union County 147.32
Washington-Wilkes 123.83
1 – A AVG RT Football Full Region
Baconton Charter 77.53 73.75
Baker County 69.02
Calhoun County 53.01 56.16
Miller County 78.81 77.01
Mitchell County 79.65 75.83
Pataula Charter 53.46
Quitman County 82.80
Randolph-Clay 59.31 64.92
Stewart County 79.24 89.56
Terrell County 60.55 62.53
Webster County 80.32
2 – A AVG RT Football Full Region
Atkinson County 84.18 83.64
Charlton County 162.33 167.96
Clinch County 93.76 98.89
Echols County 120.12
Irwin County 89.22 84.24
Lanier County 91.09 97.45
Telfair County 125.37 116.68
Turner County 116.59 110.86
Wilcox County 120.15 111.79
3 – A – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Calvary Day 65.82 76.96 119.10
Claxton 85.75 84.63 87.72
Jenkins County 115.77 111.71 106.64
Portal 92.34 88.54 87.27
Savannah Christian 60.85 72.24 112.29
Savannah Country Day 68.09 78.22 119.33
Woodville-Tompkins 61.69 113.45
3 – A – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Emanuel County Institute 74.22 74.22 90.17
Johnson County 69.25 69.25 129.36
Montgomery County 49.92 49.92 105.99
Treutlen 43.20 43.20 104.45
Wheeler County 57.87 57.87 122.74
4 – A AVG RT Football Full Region
Brookstone 88.74
Central (Talbotton) 71.09
Dooly County 106.92
Greenville 108.83
Hawkinsville 126.81
Marion County 67.79
Pacelli 84.12
Schley County 75.80
Taylor County 70.49
5 – A – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Atlanta International 15.04 25.54
Ben Franklin Academy 14.80 22.83
DeKalb School of the Arts 18.75 23.27
Fulton Leadership Academy 24.17 25.40
Galloway School 17.52 29.57
Mount Vernon Presbyterian 21.79 63.80 34.66
Southwest Atlanta Christian 27.20 29.63
W.D. Mohammed 17.58 21.16
Yeshiva 20.62 31.60
5 – A – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Drew Charter 28.81 21.13
Eagle’s Landing Christian 32.73 41.05 40.69
Elite Scholars 24.78 28.36
Greenforest Christian Academy 28.28 23.88
Landmark Christian 39.06 43.87 40.36
Our Lady of Mercy 30.27 36.78 34.23
Paideia 31.72 21.57
Strong Rock Christian 49.89 54.12 60.88
6 – A – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
Christian Heritage 91.08 110.64 109.10
Excel Christian 65.48 62.34
Georgia School for the Deaf 81.47 100.73
Morris Innovative 90.04 108.74
Mount Paran Christian 78.49 79.03 55.59
Mount Zion (Carroll) 111.35 114.84 111.36
North Cobb Christian 73.77 75.71 55.32
Trion 85.05 100.54 111.27
6 – A – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Fellowship Christian 19.78 20.48 55.81
Fulton Science Academy 19.24 62.46
King’s Ridge Christian 19.43 21.17 59.94
Mount Pisgah Christian 19.19 21.14 61.05
Pinecrest Academy 27.48 29.88 69.35
St. Francis 18.68 20.47 59.55
Walker 32.60 31.97 55.69
Whitefield Academy 41.89 41.33 67.33
7 – A – Div A AVG RT Football Full Region
First Presbyterian 24.33 27.19 88.67
Georgia Academy for the Blind 21.59 84.20
Mount de Sales 22.27 25.96 83.66
Stratford Academy 24.66 27.56 89.53
Tattnall Square 23.79 26.82 86.20
Twiggs County 44.44 44.79 89.84
Wilkinson County 53.80 53.72 79.13
7 – A – Div B AVG RT Football Full Region
Aquinas 95.27 94.30 151.42
Georgia Military College 91.62 94.82 73.62
Glascock County 57.96 58.63 95.27
Hancock Central 59.40 64.09 80.47
Lincoln County 80.49 84.72 137.25
Taliaferro County 59.54 97.03
Warren County 50.73 54.55 95.47
8 – A AVG RT Football Full Region
Athens Academy 80.69 69.30
Athens Christian 77.76 68.07
Commerce 68.92 63.48
George Walton Academy 88.42 76.94
Hebron Christian Academy 78.44 70.77
Lakeview Academy 70.67 69.88
Prince Avenue Christian 76.75 66.04
Providence Christian 97.98 90.55
Rabun Gap 115.16 126.94
Tallulah Falls School 93.79
Towns County 108.17 120.89
Woody Gap 112.01

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