Athletic teams from Matoaca and Prince George will find themselves in new company in 2021 thanks to Virginia High School League realignment, announced Thursday afternoon.
Matoaca has been reclassified to Class Four, and will play in Region B, while Prince George has been moved from Region 5B to Region 5C. The moves are part of a complete overhaul of Region 5B, which saw schools change classification and region. These changes will take place beginning in the 2021-22 school year.
What does this mean for Matoaca?
The VHSL has six classifications for schools, based on population size. Previously, Matoaca had been classified as Class Five, placing them in the classification for the second-largest schools. Now, they've dropped a level to Class Four, meaning that Matoaca will compete against smaller schools at the regional and state levels than they have in previous seasons.
Class Four includes a total of 58 schools and has the most schools of any classification across the VHSL.
Matoaca's Region 4B has 21 schools, and includes Matoaca's Central District foes Dinwiddie.
The region also includes:
- Eastern View
- George Wythe (Richmond)
- King George
- Louisa County
- Orange County
- Patrick Henry (Ashland)
- Western Albemarle
What does this mean for Prince George?
Class Five now has 46 schools. Prince George did not move classification, and has been part of Class Five in previous seasons.
Prince George did move regions, though. Previously in Region 5B, Prince George has been moved to Region 5C. It includes 12 of the 46 Class Five schools and includes Prince George's Central District foes Meadowbrook.
Additionally, the new Region 5C includes:
- Clover Hill
- Deep Run
- Douglas Freeman
- Glen Allen
- Highland Springs
- J.R. Tucker
- L.C. Bird
- Mills Godwin
What about the Central District? Does that change?
The Central District has not changed as the result of today's announcement. The reclassification applies to Matoaca and Prince George's groups for regional and state competition, including state championships. Their regular season competition against traditional Central District opponents will not change.
The Central District is made up by Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Matoaca, Prince George, Dinwiddie, Thomas Dale and Meadowbrook. The Appomattox Regional Governor's School is also counted in the Central District for academic activities.
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