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larger seven schools form­ing the Po­tomac Divi­sion while the small­est seven SMAC schools com­prise the Ch­e­sa­peake. But in ev­ery other sport, the Po­tomac Divi­sion con­sists of all seven Charles County schools, while the seven schools from Calvert and St. Mary’s coun­ties make up the Ch­e­sa­peake Divi­sion.

The­o­ret­i­cally, the divi­sion for­mat of­fered plenty of prom­ise. It would al­low teams in sports which are limited to fewer games — lacrosse, soc­cer, field hockey — the op­por­tu­nity to be free to sched­ule a cou­ple of non­con­fer­ence games to hope­fully find com­pe­ti­tion that would pro­vide an av­enue for im­prove­ment. It also created ac­tual con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship games, sim­i­lar to what some other coun­ties and con­fer­ences have.

But clos­ing in on the end of the first year in di­vi­sions, have they worked?

While they may work in some sports, in others the new align­ments have not been the most pop­u­lar. While a lacrosse team now may be able to sched­ule a cou­ple of non­con­fer­ence games against qual­ity op­po­nents, base­ball and soft­ball teams have lost that abil­ity, in­stead play­ing each team in their own divi­sion twice as well as four crossover games against teams from

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