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Lehi moves to 6A; 4A, 5A overhauled as UHSAA adopts latest realignment

Lehi’s football team runs into the stands after beating Timpview in the 5A state championship game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 18,  2022.

Lehi’s football team runs into the stands after beating Timpview in the 5A state championship game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)


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MIDVALE — The only constant in Utah high school athletics is change, and the Utah High School Activities Association adopted several changes when it formally approved realignment changes fro the 2023-25 cycle, as announced Thursday.

The association that governs high school athletics and activities in the Beehive State formally met and adopted a new realignment cycle that will see reigning 5A football champion Lehi move to the three-region 6A classification; most of the former Salt Lake City-based Region 2 move to 5A; and several schools in central Utah move to 4A as part of a plan to double the classification from two regions to four through the 2024-25 academic year.

"The Association appreciates the tireless effort that our board of trustees performs during the realignment process," the UHSAA said in a statement. "Their hours of research, conversation and outreach during the realignment are crucial to creating a feasible alignment for Utah students."

The first contests of the new realignment cycle will take place in the fall of 2023. The board of trustees also approved a motion that would allow for any school to apply to a higher classification in a specific sport or activity. Schools will be considered for the adjustment at the board's annual meeting in January, with the next meeting for the current cycle scheduled for Jan. 19, 2023.

Once a school petitions and is placed in a higher classification, that school must remain in the new classification for that specific sport for the duration of the established two-year realignment cycle, the association added.

Lehi's move has been argued and counter-argued while the Pioneers' growth rate exceeded all other 5A schools and placing them in the realm as crosstown rival Skyridge and much of the rest of Alpine School District. The association held several open meetings about the topic — including he most recent Wednesday to receive feedback from districts and schools on the placement of schools and regions — and Lehi was mentioned often.

During one meeting, a Lehi administrator and community member argued against the Pioneers joining Skyridge's region, formerly Region 4 that also included Corner Canyon, Lone Peak, American Fork, Pleasant Grove and Westlake.

So with Lehi's move from 5A to 6A, the association and its board of trustees opted to place the Pioneers in the new Region 2, joining Bingham, Copper Hills, Herriman, Mountain Ridge, Riverton and new member Westlake in the process. Region 1 remained nearly untouched in Davis, Farmington, Fremont, Layton, Syracuse and Weber, while Region 3 will now consistent of American Fork, Corner Canyon, Lone Peak and reigning 6A football champion Skyridge.

Much of the former 6A Region 2 will now compete as 5A Region 4, with Cyprus, Granger, Hunter, Kearns, Taylorsville, Kearns and West Jordan in most sports except football. Region 5 will consist of Bonneville, Bountiful, Box Elder, Clearfield, Northridge, Roy, Viewmont and Woods Cross; while Region 6 will include Alta, Brighton, East, Highland, Olympus, Skyline, West and the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts (activities only).

Region 7 will span from Cedar Valley and Wasatch in the north through Utah County to Maple Mountain, Salem Hills, Spanish Fork, Springville and Timpview.

The most shifted classification is 4A, which will nearly double in size with the additions of Region 8 (Mountain View, Orem, Payson, Provo, Timpanogos and Uintah) and Region 10 (Cottonwood, Hillcrest, Jordan, Murray, Park City, Stansbury and Tooele) in all sports but football. Southern Utah schools in Washington and Iron counties, with the exception of 3A Canyon View, will remain largely intact in Region 9, while Cache Valley will largely stick together in Region 11, including Bear River, Green Canyon, Logan, Mountain Crest, Ridgeline and Sky View.

3A will be divided into three regions in the north, south and central; 2A will split into four regions for most sports and two in football; and 1A will consistent in four regions in most sports, and a north and south region as well as an eight-player division in football.

See the full realignment below.

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A proud graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Walker has covered BYU for KSL.com since 2015, while also mixing in prep sports, education, and anything else his editors assign him to do.

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