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I!!IIBTW, Notasulgao,eyeAlexander region play By GUY RHODES Editor A new format for high school football begins with the 2000 season. Rather than :playing area schedules as has been the case for many years, the state of Alabama will now be divided in eight regions for each of the state's classifications--1A through 6A. Two main reasons have been cited by Alabama High School Athletic Association officials for the change. Many 'teams were having difficulty in filling their schedules under the area format where there may have been as few as three teams in an area. Under the region "format, each region has seven or eight teams. In order to qualify for the playoffs, a team must play all of its region oppo- nents--usually six or seven games with only two to three games to fill out a 10- game schedule. A second reason is that in some cases, teams could have a record as poor a record as 1-9 or 2-8 and still make the playoffs. Under the new format, the top four teams in the region qualify for the playoffs. In the past, some areas had two of its three teams qualify for the playoffs each season. How does the new format impact Macon County's two high schools--Booker T. Washington and Notasulga. BTW is now in Class 5A's Region 3, a seven-team region that also ;ncludes Benjamin City, Eufaula, Russell County, Stanhope Elmore, Valley and Wetumpka. Notasulga is in Class 1A, Region 5 along with Bibb Graves, Loachapoka, Ragland, Talladega County Central, Wadley and Woodland. Some of the opponents for BTW and Notasulga are familiar, some are not. Notasulga was in an area with Loachapoka and St. Jude last year while BTW's area included Valley, Eufaula and Russell County in 1999. BTW head coach Edward Patrick is looking for a 10th game to completed the Golden Eagles' 2000 schedule while Notasulga's Ronnie Sikes has full 10- game schedule line up. BTW's schedule is: Sept. 1, Auburn; Sept. 8, Stanhope Elmore; Sept. 15, at Eufaula; Sept. 22, Wetumpka; Sept. 29, at LaFayette; Oct. 6, Valley; Oct. 13, at Benjamin Russell; Oct. 20, open date; Oct. 27, Russell County; and Nov. 3, at Bullock County. Auburn, LaFayette and Bullock County are non-region opponents. "I think we'll have a 10th game line up soon," Patrick said. Notasulga is scheduled to open at home on Thursday, Aug. 31, against Beulah. That's the same night Auburn University hosts Wyoming in the Tigers season open- er that will be televised nationally by ESPN. The Blue Devils follow up the Beulah opener with: Sept. 8, Dadeville; Sept. 15, at Wadley; Sept. 22, Bibb Graves; Sept. 29, at Woodland; Oct. 6, Talladega County Central; Oct. 13, at Lyman Ward; Oct. 20, Loachapoka; Oct. 27, at Ragland; and Nov. 3, at Reeltown. Dadeville, Lyman Ward, Reeltown and Beulah are non-region contests. High schools can begin regular practices on Aug. 7, but most have been conducting conditioning and weight training pro- grams during the summer. BTW's Patrick has been bringing play- ers in at 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. for workouts since June 5. "We work out so early to be finished in time (about 7 a.m.) for those players who have jobs to go to them," said Patrick, whose Eagles are coming off a 3-7 record in 1999. The BTW coach hopes to have about 40 players out when drills open on Aug. 7, two days before classes begin. Patrick may continue the two-a-day workouts through the first week of school. Four BTW players are participating in the Troy State football camp this week. Notasulga will be attempting to make it back to the state playoffs after a solid run last year. The Blue Devils are also in the process of overcoming the grief created by the death of defensive coordinator Donald "D.J." Johnson who died of a heart attack at the school two weeks ago. 2 3 Page B-2, The Tuskegee~iac TU Upward participants high in Hun On Thursday and Friday, June 22 and 23, several Tuskegee University Upward Bound Program traveled A&M University in Huntsville to compete in the Annum Summer Olympics and Academic Competition. The events began with the Tuskegee University being defeated by Alabama A&M 27-25. The Tuskegee Upward Bound girls defeated Gadsden State Upward went on to defeat Talladega, 24-5. In the finals, the University LTpward Bound girls were defeated by the Wallace Upward Bound 36-34. In the Spelling Bee, Sheena Green placed 5th Ninrat Datiri, Shenna Green, Thaddeus Moore and Andre' i ticipated in the math competition. Friday's events involved track and field, Ninrat Datiri feet and Andre' Smith jumped 16.9 feet in the long jump. first in the 800-meter (2.16) nm. He also placed first in run (5.003) while Andre' Smith placed 5th in the same Juliette McMullen placed 4th in the 400-meter run and, 200-meter run. Jimmy Padgett placed 4th in both the and the 200-meter run. In other field events Thaddeus Moore placed 4th in the 5th in the discus. Vivian Poole placed 3rd in the shot put the discus. Overall, the TU Upward Bound girls placed second in the] competition while the TU Upward Bound participants track and field. The Upward Bound Alabama Summer Olympics and Competition is held yearly at a post-secondary institution bership in the Alabama Association of Educational Program Personnel (AAEOPP) under the auspices Programs. ~skegee Uinversity's U P. Woodson. Presently, there are approximately 60 high dents (grades 9-12) from surrounding counties who cultural activities sponsored by the Tuskegee Bound Program. 2 6 7