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Crestwood athletics undergoes major changes with realignment

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 4/14/20

The Crestwood High School athletic program undertook a lot of changes in the South Carolina High School League's recent realignment for the 2020-21 and '21-22 school years.

Crestwood will be in a new classification, playing schools in a different …

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Crestwood athletics undergoes major changes with realignment

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The Crestwood High School athletic program undertook a lot of changes in the South Carolina High School League's recent realignment for the 2020-21 and '21-22 school years.

Crestwood will be in a new classification, playing schools in a different region of the state and will know for a fact where it will be playing its playoff games.

"We're excited with all of the changes," said Knights athletic director Dwayne Edwards. "It really doesn't matter as long as we're playing with schools that we can compete with."

After two years as a 4A school following the SCHSL adding a 5A classification, Crestwood has dropped back down to 3A. That occurred because the 5A and 4A classifications were reduced to 40 schools apiece, meaning CHS fell into the 3A classification.

Crestwood will be a member of Region VI along with Sumter School District rival Lakewood. The other four teams are Manning, Camden, Lake City and Marlboro County.

That is more of a Pee Dee region after Crestwood had been in more of a Columbia region with Dreher, Lower Richland and A.C. Flora along with Lakewood and Orangeburg-Wilkinson.

"I'm kind of excited about this region," Edwards said. "We've played most of these schools over the years, and we compete with them really good. So I think this will be good for us.

"The coaches are really excited about it," he said. "They've given me a lot of good feedback."

Also, the Crestwood athletic teams know they will be competing in the lower state portion of the 3A playoffs. Region IV-4A was a "hybrid" region, meaning some of its playoff teams went to the upper state and others to the lower state.

"I think that will be good for us," he said. "There won't be uncertainty about where we're going in the playoffs, so that's good for us."

With Lakewood, Manning and Camden as region foes, there will be some relatively short trips for the CHS athletic teams. Marlboro County will be the longest trip out of the group.

"I think this is more of a local region for us," he said. "I think it will make it easier on our fans to travel."

Crestwood already has its 2020 football schedule in place. It has five non-region contests - home games against Lancaster, Irmo and Colleton County and road games against Richland Northeast and Sumter.

Its region schedule begins with a home game against Lake City followed by a road contest against Marlboro County. It is at home against Manning before closing the regular season at Camden and at Lakewood.

CRESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

OUT WITH THE OLD

Region IV-4A: A.C. Flora, Dreher, Lakewood, Lower Richland, Orangeburg-Wilkinson

IN WITH THE NEW

Region VI-3A: Camden, Lake City, Lakewood, Manning, Marlboro County

2020 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Aug. 21 Lancaster

Aug. 28 at Sumter

Sept. 4 at Richland Northeast

Sept. 11 Irmo

Sept. 18 Colleton County

Oct. 2 Lake City

Oct.9 at Marlboro County

Oct. 16 Manning

Oct. 23 at Camden

Oct. 30 at Lakewood