MIDVALE — Traditional rivalries were impacted, and schools were officially moved into new regions and classifications by the Utah High School Activities Association's board of trustees on Tuesday afternoon.

The alignment for the school years 2009-13 was finalized, and as expected, Cottonwood, Cyprus, Granger, Murray, West and Roy were officially moved up from 4A to 5A. Those schools were included in 5A in previous realignment drafts made by the board of trustees.

Other schools officially changing classifications from their current situations are Lehi, Timpanogos and Spanish Fork from 5A to 4A, Logan, Ogden and Uintah from 3A to 4A, Juab, Manti, American Leadership and Richfield from 2A to 3A, and Waterford from 3A to 2A.

Motions were made at Tuesday's final realignment meeting regarding Bonneville, Skyline, Roy, Murray, Hillcrest, Uintah, Ogden and the St. George schools. The ones involving Bonneville (dropping the Lakers back down to 4A after they were included in 5A in the second draft proposal) and Skyline (keeping the Eagles in 5A after they had been included in 4A in previous draft proposals) passed.

Failed motions involving Murray and the St. George schools generated the most debate and friction among board members. Murray Principal Scott Bushnell showed at a realignment hearing in May that his school's enrollment numbers were incorrect because students attending an alternative school housed on the Murray campus were included in the total. Without those students, Murray was well below the 1,500-student cutoff between 4A and 5A.

Region 8 representative David Taylor argued against Murray, saying the board didn't know how many schools in the state had the same issue. Riverton Principal Steve Park pointed out all schools had opportunities to present their issues at the realignment hearings and Murray did so. He said the alternative school that enrolls former Riverton students in his area, Valley High, hasn't had one athlete play for a program at Riverton High in his six years at the school.

"For the Murray thing to fail is just amazing to me," said Region 4 representative Guy Fugal.

Equally amazed was Region 9 representative Wes Christiansen. He made a motion to have Dixie, Pine View and Snow Canyon drop down to 3A. He said with the addition of Desert Hills High, and because the boundaries will be redrawn in the Washington School District, Dixie, Pine View and Snow Canyon will each have fewer than 1,000 students during the 2009-13 alignment.

His motion received 12 of the necessary 17 votes to pass. Only the Murray motion (15 votes) came closer to being passed.

"I'm very disappointed," Christiansen told his fellow board members after his motion failed.

When Christiansen's motion failed, it was decided that Region 9 will continue to be a mixed league. Dixie, Pine View and Snow Canyon will participate as 4A schools, while Cedar, Canyon View, Hurricane and Desert Hills will compete as 3A schools.

Uintah will find itself in a more difficult situation than the St. George schools. It will be included in 3A's Region 11, but will be considered a 4A school and compete in 4A state tournaments. It isn't the ideal setup, but it's the best the board could come up with.

"I think it turned out as reasonably as we could expect," said realignment chairman Steve Laing. "I mean, the challenges faced in the state with the geography we have and the population dispersion we have, there will always be situations that are not ideal. I don't know that we can have an ideal one because of the parameters we're dealing with."

Tuesday's final alignment decisions broke up some traditional rivalries. East and West, the state's oldest rivals, won't play each other in league games for at least the next four years with the Panthers moving up to 5A. Timpview and Provo were also split into different leagues in one of the final decisions the board made regarding 4A.

The board mostly stuck to the enrollment-number guidelines it set for each classification back in November when it began to determine the alignment for 2009-13. That left Teresa Theurer, the State Board of Education representative on the board of trustees, somewhat disappointed. She said she wishes the board would have taken into account the competitiveness of the current schools, geography and socioeconomic factors when deciding where to place them in regions and classifications.

"I really believe it's about more than numbers," she said.

UHSAA realignment

CLASS 5A (1500 and above)

Region 1

Clearfield (1616)

Davis (2405)

Fremont (1731)

Layton (1635)

Northridge (2067)

Roy (1607)

Syracuse (1944)

Viewmont (1633)

Weber (1837)


Region 2

Cottonwood (1532)

Cyprus (1659)

Granger (1686)

Hunter (2264)

Murray (1572)

Skyline (1422)

West (1634)


Region 3

Bingham (2416)

Copper Hills (2202)

Kearns (1822)

Riverton (2774)

Taylorsville (1918)

West Jordan (1736)

New Jordan District School


Region 4

Alta (2537)

American Fork (1776)

Brighton (1923)

Hillcrest (1600)

Jordan (1837)

Lone Peak (2060)

Pleasant Grove (1751)


CLASS 4A (1,000-1,499)

Region 5

Bonneville (1303)

Box Elder (1370)

Logan (1181)

Mountain Crest (1462)

Ogden (1070)

Sky View (1459)


Region 6

Bountiful (1348)

East (1458)

Highland (1174)

Olympus (1469)

Salt Lake Performing Arts (70)

Stansbury (1056)

Tooele (1005)

Woods Cross (1341)


Region 7

Lehi (1400)

Mountain View (1397)

Orem (1238)

Saratoga Springs (1264)

Timpanogos (1431)

Timpview (1344)


Region 8

Maple Mountain (1117)

Payson (1135)

Provo (1396)

Salem Hills (1065)

Spanish Fork (972)

Springville (1138)


Region 9 (Mixed league)

Dixie (1085)

Pine View (1076)

Snow Canyon (1325)

Tuacahn (175)


CLASS 3A (400-999)

Region 9 (Mixed league)

Canyon View (788)

Cedar City (769)

Desert Hills (837)

Hurricane (905)


Region 10

Bear River (976)

Ben Lomond (976)

Grantsville (460)

Juan Diego (562)

Judge Memorial (601)

Morgan (511)


Region 11

American Leadership (374)

Carbon (796)

Park City (992)

Union (581)

Wasatch (898)

Uintah (4A) (1129)


Region 12

Delta (469)

Emery (481)

Juab (440)

Manti (448)

North Sanpete (553)

Richfield (450)


CLASS 2A (150-399)

Region 13

Grand (362)

Gunnison (255)

North Sevier (198)

San Juan (291)

South Sevier (289)


Region 14

Beaver (257)

Cross Creek (217)

Enterprise (208)

Kanab (191)

Millard (235)

Parowan (208)


Region 15

Layton Christian (115)

Maeser (225)

North Summit (239)

Rowland Hall (227)

South Summit (294)

Waterford (210)


CLASS 1A (below 150)

Region 16

Abundant Life (47)

Bryce Valley (69)

Escalante (51)

Milford (78)

Panguitch (96)

Piute (72)

Valley (73)

Wayne (123)


Region 17

Altamont (107)

Duchesne (166)

Manila (27)

Rich (110)

Tabiona (46)

Uintah River (50)


Region 18

Christian Heritage (100)

ICS (73)

Mount Vernon (52)

Oakley (79)

Salt Lake Lutheran (51)

St. Joseph (131)

USDB (64)

West Ridge (104)


Region 19

Green River (55)

Monument Valley (106)

Monticello (143)

Navajo Mountain (30)

Whitehorse (160)


Region 20

Dugway (71)

Eskdale (7)

Liahona (80)

Meridian (51)

Tintic (66)

Wasatch Academy (168)

Wendover (83)

West Desert (7)

Student enrollment numbers on Oct. 1, 2007, are in parentheses. Numbers for schools that haven't opened yet are projections.


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