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Albany, Dougherty, Worth Co. choose to play up

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Region 1-AAAA will likely remain intact for the next two seasons after three area teams decide to play up in classification.

Albany, Dougherty, and Worth County Highs each informed the GHSA their intent to play in AAAA through 2016.

It all came down to travel for the three schools, choosing to stay in a region with schools in close proximity.

Had the three decided to play in AAA, they would likely have been placed in a region including schools from Macon or Columbus.

Dougherty County School System Athletic Director Johnny Seabrooks says it's nice for all the Dougherty County schools to play in the same region, keeping the rivalries between them relevant.

"Every game means something now," says Seabrooks. "When you have teams in different regions sometimes, the kids can say, 'Well, it doesn't matter if we don't win this ballgame.' When all four of them are there, they're competing for a region championships, and advancing to the state level."

Cook High did not request a move up to AAAA, and will play in AAA. The Hornets were moved up in classification after previously competing in AA.

The GHSA will release the new region alignment Tuesday morning.

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