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New realignment announced

Straughn and Andalusia will be region opponents in football for the next two years, according to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s new 2010-12 realignment, announced Wednesday.

Every two years, high schools in Alabama are reclassified based on enrollment, and Straughn gained enough students to move up to Class 4A. Opp dropped to Class 3A, and all other county schools remained in the same classifications.

Straughn moved up to an enrollment of 315 students, while Andalusia dropped to 313, respectively. Opp moved down to 275 students.

Straughn and Andalusia will compete together in the new Class 4A, Region 2, along with Alabama Christian, Ashford, Bullock County, Headland, Hillcrest-Evergreen and Saint James.

Opp will compete in Class 3A, Region 2, along with Abbeville, Dale County, Daleville, Geneva, Luverne, Pike County and Slocomb.

Pleasant Home and Florala will remain in their current classification and region. They will be joined in Region 2 by Brantley, Butler County Magnet School, Geneva County, J.F. Shields, Kinston and McKenzie.

Red Level will stay in Class 2A, but will move over to Region 2 with Calhoun, Elba, Goshen, Highland Home, New Brockton, Samson and Zion Chapel.

In basketball, Andalusia and Straughn will be in Class 4A, Area 3 with Ashford and Headland; Opp will be in Class 3A, Area 2 with Geneva, Luverne and Pike County; Pleasant Home and Florala will be in Class 1A, Area 2 with Geneva County and Kinston; and Red Level will be in Class 2A, Area 2 with Elba, New Brockton, Samson and Zion Chapel.

These changes will not take effect until the start of the 2010-11 school year.