Region 4-5A

Close quarters

Region 4-5A has the shortest average region trip of any of the new 5A regions in South Carolina, and one of the shortest in the state overall. That should help the region's member school's coffers, especially with the lengthy trips to Gaffney scratched off the list.

In most years, this will feel like Northwestern's region to lose, especially if the Trojans keep up their form of the last eight or nine years. But the scrap among the other four teams should be an interesting annual battle for playoff positioning.