They left the GHSA in 1980 because of travel concerns and scheduling problems. From 1981 to 2014, Mount de Sales has been a member in the GISA (originally known as the Southeastern Association of Independent Schools or SEAIS) and then the GISA (Georgia Independent Schools Association). When fellow private school First Presbyterian Day left to join the GHSA, that move sent shockwaves throughout the private school world in Georgia.
Some were wondering if De Sales, Tattnall Square and Stratford would eventually leave after FPD, George Walton, Riverside Military and Georgia Military College left.
Then the day came that most dreaded. Mount de Sales would be returning to the GHSA and will rejoin that organization after a 34-year hiatus. They, along with Tattnall Square and Stratford, will be members in full standing in the GHSA and will be in the same sub-region in 2014.
The Cavaliers will also have a new head coach roaming the sidelines in 2014 when they make the trip back to the GHSA. Keith Hatcher, who was Robert Slocum's top assistant, will be calling the plays when Mount de Sales starts practice in August. Slocum stepped down as head coach after 2 decades with the program but will remain as the school's athletic director.
The 2014 schedule for De Sales is not an easy one and there are no pushovers in this campaign. Mount de Sales looks to improve from a 3-7 season that saw them eliminated in the first round of the GISA playoffs, despite finishing 3-2 in region play.
After opening on the road against St. Anne-Pacelli in Columbus, the Cavaliers have a bye week and opens a four-game home stand that starts September 12 and ends October 3rd. Then they hook up with old GISA foe First Presbyterian and travel to Wilkinson County and Stratford before ending the season at home against Tattnall Square.
They return home after being away for 34 years. That's six presidents and four men that have taken over the Papacy in that time. In that 34 years, Mount de Sales did manage to win a state title of their own in 1996, when they beat Tattnall Square at Tattnall. What will 2014 hold for the Cavaliers? Who knows? As ESPN's Chris Berman once said, "That's why they play the games."
Mount de Sales Academy
8/29 at St Anne Pacelli
9/12 Georgia Military College
9/19 Strong Rock Christian
10/03 Twiggs County
10/10 at First Presbyterian
10/17 at Wilkinson County
10/24 at Stratford Academy
10/31 Tattnall Square
11/07 at Region 7/1A Playin