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Hemingway gains rival in SCHSL realignment

The South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) has announced its proposed realignment beginning in the 2022-23 school year and lasting for two years. The biggest change for Williamsburg County schools is that Hemingway is having a rival added to their region. The Tigers will see Johnsonville added to their region that also includes C.E. Murray.

Hemingway High and Johnsonville High are separated by less than five miles.

While both Kingstree High and C.E. Murray are listed in the proposed realignment, but this does not mean the two schools will not be consolidated.

An earlier version of this story had Lake City dropping down to 2A and joining a region with Kingstree, but according to SCNOW, it was the result of a clerical error. 

Instead the Jaguars will be in Region 8 which is mostly unchanged with Tuesday's update. The remainder of the region, which is currently Region 7, is Andrews, Lee Central, Marion and Mullins filling out. 

In 1A, things are mostly unchanged for C.E. Murray and Hemingway. The region which includes the pair, Carvers Bay, East Clarendon, and Scotts Branch will see Johnsonville join, with the rest of the region unchanged. The only other difference is the new proposed region will be Region 5 instead of Region 4.

The proposed realignment is not likely to be official until February as there is an appeals process for each classification scheduled in January.

You can follow Brandon on twitter @brandon__alter for latest updates. You can reach him by email him at news@kingstreenews.com 

Brandon Alter covers the town of Kingstree and Williamsburg County for The Kingstree News. He is from the suburbs of Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of South Carolina's school of Journalism and Mass Communications in May 2021.

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