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This week: GHSA voting on reclassification Monday in Thomaston
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The Georgia High School Association executive committee meets today in Thomaston to finalize news classifications around the state.

The committee will first vote on whether to rescind a controversial rule which allows schools to lower its full time equivalency counts based on the number of special-needs students in the school.

The vote will determine whether schools can make an appeal to play in a lower classification based on its FTE count.

Immediately following the vote, regardless of the outcome, the GHSA will finalize classifications for all state schools.

The classifications will include a new Class AAAAAA, and will go into effect for the 2012 season.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Three area teams are still alive in the state playoffs in Class AA, AAA and AAAA.

Class AA's top-ranked Buford (12-0) plays host to Elbert County at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tom Riden Stadium. The Wolves have reached the quarterfinals for the 12th year in a row and are attempting to win their fifth consecutive state title.

Gainesville (11-1), which squeaked past Monroe-Albany at home last Friday, won a coin flip with No. 1 Sandy Creek (12-0) and will host the Patriots at City Park Stadium on Friday.

After a brief spell at home, Flowery Branch (11-1) will take to the road again to face No. 1 Tucker (12-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tucker, the No. 1 team in Class AAAA, made it to the semifinals a year ago and won the state title in 2008.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Both Lumpkin County and Chestatee will participate in the Lanier Thanksgiving Tournament, being played today and Tuesday at Lanier High in Sugar Hill.

The Lumpkin County girls face South Gwinnett at 4 p.m. today, while the boys will face Sprayberry at 5:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Buford will travel to Charlotte, N.C., to play in the Charlotte Hoops Challenge. The Wolves will face Berry High (Charlotte) on Friday.

The Johnson Tip-off Classic will also be held at Johnson High beginning today. The Knights play host to Southwest Atlanta Christian at 7:30 tonight in Oakwood.

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING: Wrestling gets under way with a number of matches Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lumpkin County will face South Forsyth and Westminster at Greater Atlanta Christian on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Flowery Branch and Dawson County will also play in a tri-match with Fannin County at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The match will be held at Dawson County.

Buford will travel to Lanier for a 10 a.m. match on Wednesday, and both Chestatee and Johnson will compete at 9 a.m. Saturday. Chestatee will travel to Archer, and Johnson at Butcher Duals.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Georgia and Georgia Tech will face off in their annual rivalry game at noon on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. The Bulldogs, who just clinched the SEC East title with a win against Kentucky last Saturday, will try to win for the 10th time in the last 11 years.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: After winning its first three games of the season, Georgia will face its first significant test against California today in the Progressive CBE Classic. The Bulldogs will play at 9:45 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo.

They will play either Missouri or Notre Dame on Tuesday and will play again at Xavier at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Lady Dogs play in the Lady Rebel Round-Up on Saturday.

They will face Georgetown at 6:30 p.m., and will play against either UNLV or Northeastern on Sunday.

Georgia Tech, coming off a nine-point loss to LSU, will play Siena at the Arena at Gwinnett at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Lady Jackets play three games this week. They face Kennesaw State at the Arena at Gwinnett on Tuesday and travel to San Juan Puerto Rico, where they will face Rutgers on Friday and Green Bay on Saturday.


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