By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
After weeks of waiting, newly consolidated Choctaw County High School finally knows what region its athletics teams will compete in for the next two seasons.
Last Thursday the MHSAA announced that CCHS would compete in Class 3A. Last season Ackerman High School was 2A, while Weir was 1A. The official consolidation decision came after the MHSAA had made its realignment assignments for the next two years.
“We are okay with it,” said CCHS director of athletics and head football coach Adam Dillinger. “We were hoping to be in a closer district, but at least we are not going to have to play as an independent.”
Dillinger said Choctaw County officials had been in constant contact with the MHSAA throughout the consolidation process.
The MHSAA made the decision to drop Heidelberg — which was the 3A school with the smallest enrollment — down to 2A and put Choctaw County in 3A.
CCHS was able to keep the non-district schedule that was previously set for Ackerman High School intact and then just roll that into what was formerly Heidelberg’s Region 5-3A schedule.
Had Choctaw County been forced to play as an independent the Chargers would not have been eligible for postseason play.
Choctaw County will be playing in the region along with Philadelphia, Choctaw Central, Southeast Lauderdale, Raleigh and Forest.
There was some talk that Choctaw County and Winona would swap regions, with the WHS Tigers moving down to 2A and CCHS playing in Region 4-3A. That would have put the Chargers in the same district with neighboring Louisville High School.
Instead Choctaw County will be playing in the South.
“We won’t be playing in the same district with Louisville, but we will going through Louisville a lot,” Dillinger said, referring to the fact that most the schools CCHS will play will cause the Chargers to drive right through Winston County.
“It will be different, but that’s what we have for the next two years,” he said. “We thought it was possible.”