The Utah High School Activities Association's executive committee voted to recommend that the Board of Trustees accept several new schools next year, while voting against some others.

The committee voted to recommend approval for Salem Hills, in the Spanish Fork-Payson area, and Desert Hills, in the quickly growing St. George area, in the 2008-09 year.

Both are public schools that will have enrollments of anywhere from 700 to 1,000 students when they open.

No recommendation was made about which region or classification to put the schools in because the BOT, which meets later this month, is also dealing with realignment that could affect which regions or classification the schools are assigned to.

A private school, Utah Southvalley Community School, was denied, as was Liahona Prep Academy, Rockwell High School and El Capitan High, which is in Arizona.

Officials from those schools which were denied membership can attend the BOT meeting Nov. 17 and make a case for acceptance into the association.

SOFTBALL COMMITMENT: Woods Cross senior Casey Plowman verbally committed to play softball for Idaho State University next year.

"I really liked the coaches," said the catcher, who also plays volleyball and maintains a 3.6 GPA. "I visited the campus last Tuesday. It's really pretty."

She said between the environment, coaches and the fact that ISU offers the sports medicine program that she hopes to major in, "it was a pretty easy decision."

FUTURE BRUIN: Cottonwood standout Kaili Aiono has verbally committed to play volleyball at Salt Lake Community College next year. Last year's 4A MVP, the middle blocker helped the Colts to a second-place finish in Region 6 and just last weekend led the squad to a fifth-place finish at the 4A state tournament.

The Bruins are currently the top-ranked junior college volleyball team in the country as they head into the National Tournament Nov. 15-17.

ATHLETIC DIRECTORS CONFERENCE: The 28th Annual AWA/UIAAA State Conference is scheduled for April 10-12 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in St. George.

High school athletic directors and administrators are encouraged to attend the conference that discusses issues like the evaluation and assessment of coaches, whether or not a school could benefit from turf fields, and dealing with difficult people and sportsmanship issues.

Officials especially hope to attract new athletic directors and administrators, which also gives an overview of issues facing Utah prep programs.

Anyone interested in attending should contact the UIAAA at 199 E. 7200 South, Midvale, UT 84047.