Other schools requesting to play up are Savannah (to AAA), Kendrick (AAAA), Benedictine (AAAA), Carver of Columbus (AAAA), Hapeville Charter (AAAA), Jordan (AAAA), McDonough (AAAA), Spencer (AAAA), Jackson County (AAAAA), Lithonia (AAAAA), Southwest DeKalb (AAAAA), Stone Mountain (AAAAA), Kell (AAAAAA) and Statesboro (AAAAAA).
Twenty other schools are appealing their 2020-21 class placements. Those include Dacula, Calhoun, Woodward Academy, St. Pius, Greater Atlanta Christian and Blessed Trinity.
Lithia Springs wins mini-games, earns first state playoff berth
Lithia Springs won two mini-games on Monday to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time. The Lions defeated Jackson of Atlanta 3-0 in the first mini-game (two five-minute halves) and then beat 2018 Region 6-AAAAA champion Banneker 7-6 to grab the No. 4 seed. The three teams had tied for fourth place. Lithia Springs, under first-year coach Corey Jarvis, will play at Region 8 champion Clarke Central this week. Lithia Springs opened in 1976. It played in region playoffs in 1978 and 1981, but this will be the Douglas County school's first state-playoff appearance.
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