A new era in Banks County High School history will unfold as the Leopards start a new season of sports this fall in Class 7-AAA.
In August, BCHS moves up along with new competition including 64 other teams from across the state in the AAA division, which came about earlier this year when the Georgia High School Association made the decision to expand the number of classifications from five to six. Some of the previous competition of the Leopards was left behind in the AA class and about half moved up along side BCHS.
The region has been sub divided with the Leopards landing in Sub Region B with Buford, East Hall and West Hall. Sub Region A consists of Dawson County, Fannin County, White County and North Hall.
BCHS football, softball and cross country will be the first to taste the difference in classification. So what can those teams expect? Well, the football team will go against Buford which has a long history of producing high level teams. In competition last year they finished the season with a 14-1 record and a trip to the state championship game. In previous years they have won multiple state championship games and will be the biggest test for Coach Jones and the 2012 Leopards.
In softball, the Buford Wolves were 34-11 and clinched the state championship in 2011. The Wolves won the championship in the previous years and will be tough to beat in the upcoming season.
One welcome note to the football schedule is the return of the cross town rivalry with Commerce. Many players are looking forward to having a close rivalry in the upcoming season.