Here's the approved Utah high school alignment for 2019-2021

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  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 9, 2018 11:14 a.m.

    It goes beyond football, basketball and baseball with Region 4 dominance. I think Lone Peak won five state titles this fall. American Fork won two. It's been at least 10 years say in volleyball that a Region 4 team didn't win the state title. Now Lone Peak and Skyridge (the 5A champ) will be in the same region.

    But we do need less classifications and I openly agree with Husker2, we need an open classification for programs that have players living outside of their boundaries that attend and participate in those schools.

  • RD1025 Springville, UT
    Dec. 8, 2018 7:05 p.m.

    @Fast Aggie - Didn't Westlake lose to Cyprus in football this year? I don't think they would fair any better in Region 2 than they do in Region 4.

  • Husker2 Aurora, MN
    Dec. 8, 2018 2:58 p.m.

    Utah should have four classes (1A-4A) and an Open Division. The Open Division is for all schools using a football player from outside the school’s boundaries. Open enrollment is here to stay. This will put the decision in the hands of the coaches, AD’s, and principals. If the football coach chooses to play a kid from outside the zone, all teams at that school play in the Open Division. If the football coach chooses to only use players from within the zone, all teams will play in the appropriate classification based on enrollment numbers. This will also help rural schools.

  • UtahBruin Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 8:26 p.m.

    Predictible

    6A Football Champion will come out of Region 3 or Region 4
    6A Baseball Champion will come out of Region 3 or Region 4
    6A Basektball Champion will come out of Region 3 or Region 4

    Region 4 is going to have some really good school be left home for State that could possibly win another Region.

    American Fork - Played for the 6A Championship in Football and Baseball
    Corner Canyon - Won the 5A Football Championship, Basketball team is now ranked #2 in 5A
    Lone Peak - Won 6A Football Championship, Won 6A Basketball Championship
    Pleasant Grove - It had 4 losses this year in football, to the 5A Champion who had to come back in the 4th to win the game. To Bingham, a 6A Semi-Finalist, and to Lone Peak and American Fork who played for the 6A title. Basketball is currently ranked #1 in the state. Baseball is top of the region.
    Skyridge - Played for the 5A football championship.
    Westlake - Sorry man, you have a 4A student body population and you have to keep getting destroyed every week in every sport because of your location.

    This is a joke. Timpeview, Alta, Timpanogas and probably some others should all be 6A Westlake, Copper Hills, and probably some others should not.

  • CMO Beaver Beaver, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 12:46 p.m.

    I like the new 2A and so will Beaver... love Beaver!

  • REALLY-WOW SLC, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 11:55 a.m.

    Funny how Football started the whole 6 classification, that nobody wanted. (except Juab, because they wanted to be the biggest in the classification, so they could win, which they haven't) . Anyway, now football has 5 classifications and all other sports have 6....Come on UHSAA.... REALLY....

    Go back to 4 or 5 classifications, have smaller regions (which keeps travel cost down), and this will make getting to state more of an accomplishment.

  • 141114 , UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 11:14 a.m.

    There are TWO full regions of charter/private schools in 2A, 17 of the 28 schools! Can there be two different championships: one for schools who can recruit (Regions 15 and 17) and one for the real 2A schools (Regions 16 and 18) of athletes who have grown up and played together their whole lives??

  • Wasatch Jack Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 11:14 a.m.

    I don't understand why they make things so complicated. Here is a simple solution. You take the number of schools in Utah and divide it by 4. Boom, 4 classes. Stop worrying about geography and socioeconomic status and anything else. Just go by size. I don't understand why the UHSAA feels the need to cater to so many people. So what if a big school in Region 2 has little participation, is that a Region 4 schools fault. Nevada has two large population centers spaced even further apart than Salt Lake and St. George and a million tiny towns like Utah and they make it work with 4 classes. Maybe all these state titles would mean something more if you had to beat more than a handful of teams. It means almost nothing to win region titles. If there were 40 teams in the 4A, I promise you these kids would care a lot more about winning region. Right now more teams make the playoffs than don't. That makes no sense at all. All these warm fuzzy, everybody wins feelings are turning to apathy.

  • scooter885 Monticello, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 10:51 a.m.

    I know the UHSAA has a tough job, but one thing was clear with this realignment. 5 Divisions are not ideal in Utah yet. There are several schools that are traveling way more than they should because the divisions are too small to fairly consider distance and the Eastern Utah school are going to pay the biggest price. (And the schools that travel too them.) Monticello’s closest region team in 2A is 213 miles (3+ hours one way), yet is only 24 students above the 1A line. San Juan is in a similar position in 3A. Kind of nuts when it comes to keeping kids in school.

  • Fast Aggie Lehi, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 10:09 a.m.

    It's a tough job but we need better competitive balance between regions. Region 2 is absolutely pathetic and every team in there would routinely be at the bottom of every other region. Westlake from region 4 could go 2 years without winning a region game and would win region 2.

  • JustuhFan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 10:02 a.m.

    Saying Davis didn't want to be in Region 2 is false. Davis did not want to drive past all the region 2 schools and be in region 3. I've been told Davis was ready to go to Region 2. The UHSAA made a deal with Taylorsville and West Jordan to let them dominate Region 2 for the next two years. The UHSAA has no consistency in what they are doing. Are these regions based on geography or participation? Seems to be whatever suits their argument at the time. I know there is no way to make everyone happy but maybe it's time to look at what some other similar size states are doing and start over.

  • Thinmmoe St. George, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 9:54 a.m.

    Mtnmantracker - Ephraim

    Just so you know round trip for all teams in Region 14 to Roosevelt is 2090 miles, but a round trip for all teams in Region 14 to San Juan is 3330 miles. That is a difference 1240 miles. If I was in Region 14 and riding on a school bus, I would take a trip to Roosevelt any day over a trip to Blanding. (and I love Blanding). Now for the 1,100 kids statement. This is also confusing, because I can clearly see that Union has 702 students (10,11,12), granted that is 335 mores students than Delta, but that is an argument for another day.

    Please at least state the correct facts when you are criticizing the UHSAA and re-alignment.

  • soccer coach Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 8:59 a.m.

    @adwight
    Yes, Region 2 almost always loses int he first round. They count successful seasons as making the state playoffs. So for every region game that they play in there is competitive balance. If they were to be placed in other reasons like what happened in 2015-2016 they would be killed in every region game. This does no good for them or for the teams that have to kill them during region. So instead of 1 maybe 2 teams feeling successful and competitive in the state playoffs we can have 6 Region 2 Teams feel competitive and successful for their entire season. If Region 4 is always the state champs than what does it matter if Region 2 and Region 3 lose games in the first round your region still makes the title game.

    Davis asked to be up north, refusing to play in Region 2 or in Region 3, they cause the 8 team Region 1. Blame them for that chaos.

  • USC Fan in Utah Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 8:58 a.m.

    @utah soccer freak I think you already know the answer to your question of why East is 6A in football. I applaud them for going 6A in all sports though.

  • Coach11 Ogden, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 8:17 a.m.

    alignment is tough , I get it, everyone is complaining, can't make everyone happy. But to continuously take the complaints of Davis and form an 8 team region is ridiculous

  • Old ball coach Sandy, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 8:05 a.m.

    Alignment is a tough job... I think they did a good job!

    FIGHT ON!

  • adwight AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 8:03 a.m.

    My not-so-bold prediction: The vast majority of the state championships come from Region 4, again. That region is absolutely brutal.

    5 of of the 6 teams in the region were semi-finalists in football this year, and include also the previous two state champs and runners up. Yet one of those teams wont even make the playoffs! Then you have region 2 who is virtually guaranteed to be wiped out first round like what happens almost every year. Region 1 will also line up with Region 4 for playoffs first round so that gigantic region up north will also most likely not see anyone in the 2nd round.

    What happened to competitive balance?

  • utah soccer freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 7:48 a.m.

    East is playing 6A for all sports, yeah right? Where are those other "chicken" schools that should be playing in 6A, like Maple Mountain, Alta, Farmington, and Timpview? East is smaller then those 4 schools and can barely field teams in some sports. UHSAA has always been persuaded by certain schools.

  • Thanks Though Cedar City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 7:42 a.m.

    A few years back when they added a 6th classification one of the primary arguments in favor of the move was to address the safety issue of small school football where there is a lack of depth on a team. When one player gets injured it is common for a freshman/sophomore to have to step up and play varsity against upper class players. This move effectively eliminates that thought process entirely. To have schools like Rich and Parowan in 2A for football against the larger schools like Beaver and Enterprise makes you wonder if the safety argument was dismissed by this committee.
    If there is no need for the safety consideration why do we even have 6 classifications, which most people questioned in the first place? Lets get back to 4 or 5 classifications and do power rankings for playoff seedings instead of having regions of 5-6 teams and classifications of 14-16 schools.

  • BF South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 6:56 a.m.

    I see the activities association is at it again. More decisions that seem decent at best on paper but come playoff time there will be some washed out games. Some of the toughest teams in the state will knock each other out during Region in 6A.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 6:14 a.m.

    Well done

    Thank you UHSAA

    I know it’s a tough job

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 7, 2018 5:13 a.m.

    Thanks for your coverage of this important topic.

  • root for the underdog Delta, Ut
    Dec. 7, 2018 3:22 a.m.

    What a joke. Juan Diego 4A in everything except football?! It should be just the opposite. Once again, UHSAA looking out for the Wasatch Front schools. When will the rural schools start their own Association and tell UHSAA to stick it?

  • Mtnmantracker Ephraim, UT
    Dec. 6, 2018 9:29 p.m.

    What on Earth is Union doing in region 14? 1100 kids and further away than San Juan for most of those schools.