When the legislative council of the Utah High School Activities Association meets this week, two of its agenda items have far-reaching ramifications - in both geographic and time senses.
One item for discussion - and hopefully action - is the proposed region realignment. After nearly 18 months of work by a study committee, the latest proposal affects every current league in the state except Region 13 by adding or subtracting member schools. Also, realignment is proposed to occur every four years, instead of every second. Realignment was to happen two years ago but was put on hold.Reaction has been mixed to the latest proposal, with the changes well- documented in previous reports. Schools against the proposed realignment are the ones who are either being moved up to a larger size classification or are being forced to travel great distances for league competition. Meanwhile, those who think the move is hunky dory are those who are being dropped to a smaller classification or are seeing stronger counterparts being moved elsewhere.
The legislative council can adopt the proposal or reject it, as it has done earlier. Or it can make amendments in the proposal. The key is the timing, with school administrators wanting to set next year's schedules but having to wait to see exactly which opponents will be region foes and which ones won't.
Another key item of discussion is the class-action suit filed recently against a half-dozen northern Utah school distrticts for violation of Title IX - equal opportunities for both sexes. The contention is that girls are afforded fewer athletic opportunities, and the addition of softball and girls' soccer is being sought.
The UHSAA is not involved in the suit since it doesn't receive federal funds for operation. However, it would be the association that would have to establish and sanction statewide competition similar to current sports.
Currently, girls can compete in volleyball, cross country, tennis, swimming, basketball, gymnastics and track for a total of seven sports. Boys have 10 sports available, including cross country, football, golf, swimming, wrestling, basketball, tennis, track, baseball and soccer.
The legislative council meets 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Little America Hotel.
BYU-BOUND: Four Utah County schools - American Fork, Orem, Provo and Timpview - resume their rivalries at BYU this week. You'll remember that AF and Orem and Provo and Timpview squared off in football last September in a doubleheader at Cougar Stadium.
This time, the sport is basketball and the site is the Marriott Center, where the four teams will pair up for two twinbills this season. The first is Wednesday, with AF meeting Orem in a Region 2 battle at 6 p.m. Then Timpview and Provo resume their crosstown clash at 8 p.m. in a very important Region 8 contest. The two were ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in last week's 3A poll, with only a little luster removed from the matchup following Provo's recent upset loss to Pleasant Grove.
ALSO COLLEGE-BOUND: They won't be the only teams taking to a neutral college court to decide some important league games.
Each of the Region 7 trio of Cedar City, Dixie and Pine View will play the other two opponents three times this season - two in a home-and-home arrangement and the final matchup slated for either Southern Utah State College in Cedar City or the Dixie (College) Center in St. George.
DAT'S WHO: Larry Maxwell, head basketball coach at Highland High, has been included in the 1988-89 edition of the Who's Who of American High School Basketball Coaches. Maxwell, a coaching veteran of three decades who led the Rams to a 21-3 record and a third-place 4A finish last year, has been cited for his "dediction to the youth . . . as both an educator and coach."
WRESTLING RANKINGS: The preseason poll is in and the early favorites are - may we have the Utah Wrestling Coaches Association newsletter, please - West Jordan, Uintah, Richfield and Wayne.
The four top 10s:
4A - West Jordan, Brighton, Box Elder, Viewmont, Alta, Granger, Highland, Clearfield, Layton and Hillcrest.
3A - Uintah, Sky View, Payson, Pleasant Grove, Mountain Crest, Spanish Fork, Logan, Murray, Springville and Dixie.
2A - Richfield, Juab, Delta, Morgan, Union, Manti, Millard, Wasatch, Lehi and Emery.
1A - Wayne, Monticello, North Sevier, Whitehorse, Piute, Beaver, Gunnison, Monument Valley, Parowan and South Summit.