Realignment hasn't just damaged college rivalries — high schools are victims as well

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  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 7:27 p.m.

    Those are great ideas, but you are totally missing a major issue with High Schools in Utah.

    People have preferences, whether they are about what sports program their kid plays in, or what school they go to. If you want a serious battle in the trenches and some major turnover in school boards, try shifting school boundaries for something as logical as making the schools the same size.

    People will revolt. People forced to go to the new school will be mad, people forced to absorb the new kids will be mad, the staff changes to make the schedules fit, get the busses to the right places, get the right numbers of janitorial staff into isn't as simple as it looks, and unless everyone is on board, it isn't possible without a LOT of ugliness.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 6:00 p.m.

    Here are some thoughts, why can't Salt Lake School district adjust its boundaries so that West, Highland and East are all in the same classification and in the same league. Long-time rivalries would more easily be continued.

    Orem and Provo have played each other for years and now new alignment has separated the Orem city schools from Utah County.

    Why can't Granite School District adjust its boundaries so that Kearns and Cyprus are 5A and again in the same league as with other district schools like Taylorsville and Hunter?

    Why is Payson 3A when every other Nebo school is 4A? This makes little sense.

    Why are Canyon View and Cedar City in different regions in football? I mean it's a two high school district, you think the power at be could actually level the schools.

    Not only are some of the leagues the UHSAA comes up with perplexing but it seems like some of these issues could be solved at the district level. Rivalries could be restored and regions making more geographical and competitive sense could be had.

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Aug. 31, 2013 12:44 a.m.

    Always love this type of comment from the big schools.

    “For example, in football we have to travel clear to....blah blah blah....which are all 2 hours away or further.”

    For 4 years, Duchesne was 2A, and for 2 of those years, their closest region game was 3 hours away. Rich still has that scenario, in 1A, the teams nearly ALWAYS travel over 2 hours to a game, and probably average closer to 4 hours one way once they throw in the crazy idea that schools an hour beyond Cedar City should be in a region with schools near Wyoming.

    Think what that does to an already small gate, or to kids' time out of school.

  • BigBenzo88 Herriman, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    This article brings up so good points. I think its something that the UHSAA needs to look into.

    I played high school football and basketball in Ohio during the late 80's and early 90's. In Ohio...reclassification happens only once every 12 years and then it doesn't really affect schools as much as it does in Utah.

    Ohio has conferences comprised of 8 schools that basically are regional neighbors. Schools can be in the same conference even though they are in different classifications. The conferences keep longtime regional rivalries in place and the classifications are only used to keep the playoffs matched fairly with similarly sized schools competing.

    Just one of the many changes that UHSAA needs to considered in regards to high school sports!!!

  • ChristoperB Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    It also brings new rivalries

    I'll take a rival in a power conference over a rival in a non power conference any day.

    Can anyone name me some good rivalries involving a power conference team and a non power conference team?

    LOL. Good luck!

  • TDow Heber City, UT
    Aug. 29, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    I could not be happier about Wasatch being in Region 8 with Springville, Spanish Fork, Provo, Timpview, Maple Mountain, Salem Hills. For the most part I suspect you'll see geographic rivalries continue, for example Wasatch Basketball has a game scheduled with Park City in pre-season. I think that it is true that coaches will need to schedule traditional rivalries and not rely on the region calender to do that for them. Just like the BYU/Utah hiatus... there might be alternative reasons behind "taking-a-break" from the rivalry.