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Impact of winning

Sacred Heart basketball moves up in AHSAA class; Saks, Ohatchee, Cleburne County drop down; realignment puts Calhoun County schools together

Saks will move from Class 4A into what has been the toughest Class 3A football region in the state. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

You can call Sacred Heart a victim of its own success.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association released its biennial reclassification for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years Thursday and the three-time state basketball champion Cardinals found themselves in a new home.

Sacred Heart is one of the state's smallest Class 1A schools by population, but because of the Cardinals’ recent success on the basketball floor, they -- and their girls team -- were bumped up to Class 2A as the state's governing body implemented rules to seek a competitive balance among its public and private schools. The Cardinals will now play in a basketball area with Ohatchee, which dropped down from Class 3A, Westbrook Christian and Gaston.

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