A retrospective look at the region realignment from earlier this month: Region 1 (4A): Bonneville, Clearfield, Davis, Layton, Roy, Viewmont and Weber: This league stays relatively intact; the addition of former Region 4 refugees Davis and Viewmont - especially Davis - is appropriate for the northern Wasatch Front league.
Regions 2 and 3 (4A): Alta, Bingham, Brighton, Cottonwood, Cyprus, East, Granger, Highland, Hillcrest, Kearns, Olympus, Skyline, Taylorsville, West Jordan and Hunter (in 1990): Remember, this is will be the three-division alignment as ramrodded through by the Granite School District. One problem will be the bad feelings between the three school districts involved - Granite, Jordan and Salt Lake - that stem from previous meetings when the division-plan was proposed as well as those that resurfaced when the realignment was approved.With Granite trying to take advantage of its majority - eight high schools - and Jordan trying to use its large-size schools as a heavyweight punch, will egos, personalities and personal interests hinder the division-selection process?
Region 4 (4A): American Fork, Mountain View, Orem, Pleasant Grove, Provo and Timpview: The new-look league has the three former 3A schools rejoining their former local rivals in the new Utah County 4A league. Meanwhile, Provo and Timpview will no longer dominate overall 3A athletics.
Region 5 (3A): Bear River, Ben Lomond, Box Elder, Logan, Mountain Crest, Ogden and Sky View: Box Elder steps down from 4A and fills in the "Brigham City Triangle" void separating the Cache County trio and the other threesome.
Region 6 (3A): Bountiful, Granite, Judge Memorial, Jordan, Murray, Tooele, West and Woods Cross: Former 4A-ers Bountiful and Woods Cross join an expanded Region 6, with boundaries stretching from Sandy to Tooele to Woods Cross. So much for the Salt Lake 3A league.
Region 7 (3A): Carbon, Emery, Lehi, Uintah, Union and Wasatch: A pair of weaker 3A schools are joined by a foursome up from 2A status. The distance is great between the schools, but look at the natural pair-'em-up rivalries - Uintah and Union, Carbon and Emery, and Lehi and Wasatch.
Region 8 (3A): Cedar City, Dixie, Payson, Pine View, Spanish Fork and Springville: Joining the three Utah County hold-overs in Region 8 are the trio from southern Utah. Having the three southern schools become a part a larger 3A league is an advantage; the driving between the Utah County and Utah's Dixie is a disadvantage.
Region 9 (2A): Grantsville, Gunnison, Juab, Manti, Morgan, North Sanpete, Park City, South Summit and Grand County as an independent: There's a real north-south division between the eight full-time teams, with the league ranging from Morgan to Gunnison and from Grantsville to Kamas.
Region 10 (2A): Beaver, Delta, Hurricane, Kanab, Millard, North Seveir, Richfield, South Sevier and San Juan as an independent: The three new members - Beaver, Kanab and Hurricane - are not necessarily neighbors, but the Beaver and Kanab need to make the move to 2A, while Hurricane needs full-fledged league status.
Regions 11, 12 and 13 (1A): The only change with the 1A leagues is the loss of the likes of Beaver, Kanab, South Sumit and others.
PREP POSTSCRIPTS: A five-classification study has been proposed - here's "thumbs down" to such an arrangement. The result would be too many state-tournament scheduling hassles and too many classifications for too few (105 total) schools. You would probably see the Salt Lake media - especially the newspapers - limit statewide prep coverage and concentrate even more on the metropolitan area. Also, the quality of state championships and all-state teams would be watered down with an additional classification . . . .
Pleasant Grove and Timpview and their projected 1989-90 enrollment of 1,173 and 1,111 students are moving to 4A. Meanwhile, other larger-sized schools remain 3A, including Granite (1,229), West (1,201) and Jordan (1,199) aren't . . . .
Granite School District officials complained about the size of Jordan District High Schools, such as Alta (2,410 students), Brighton (2,121) and Hillcrest (2,204). How about its own Kearns (2,147), Granger (2,075), Taylorsville (2,130) and Cyprus (1,957)?
Some distances of note. Gunnison and North Sanpete are 14 miles apart but are in separate 2A regions. And Manila and West Desert are part of Region 11's Division II but are separated by more than 420 miles. Manila looks like it might be better associated with (more) nearby Region 13.