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UHSAA realigns athletic regions

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Some Utah high schools will face new opponents next year. The Utah High School Activities Association approved changes for region play.

It's a process that happens every two years. This time around, schools like Skyline and Clearfield slide down to 4A and smaller 3A schools like Delta High will play against some Utah County schools.

High school sports are the lifeblood for a lot of Utah communities.

"These are their kids, these are the community kids," said Rob Cuff, executive director for the Utah High School Activities Association.

Changes next year will shake things up a bit. The association realigned athletic regions effective next year through 2013.

Lehi High School makes the jump up to 5A joining American Fork, Bingham, Lone Peak, Pleasant Grove and Riverton. Several schools drop down to 4A, like Herriman, Hillcrest and Skyline.

"There will be new rivalries born with the realignment and there will be old ones still reunited with pre-season. These regions are only region schedules. Schools still have other games that they can get with whoever they want," Cuff said.

The realignment was based on current enrollment as of Oct. 1 of this year.

The board of trustees faced a few hurdles in the process. Schools like Orem, Springville and Highland were on the 3A/4A bubble and after three public hearings, the board decided kept those schools in the 4A division.

In the 3A division, Delta High School will face new opponents in Utah County; Payson and Spanish Fork High Schools.

That's not exactly what Delta wanted. The school expressed to the board it worries about playing 3A schools in more urban areas.

"They are the smallest in 3A. It's not fun being the smallest. If they were the top of 2A they'd be really happy and some schools at the top of 2A, 3A, and 4A are. The thing we had to take into consideration is how it affected their community and how it affected them," Cuff said.


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