Three weeks ago the Utah High School Activities Association's Board of Trustees met and approved what was supposed to be the final realignment of regions and classifications which would take effect prior to next school year.
Well, it seems the Trustees weren't completely satisfied with their previous plan, so they met again Wednesday to make minor adjustments.The biggest change from previous proposals is that only one 2A state championship will be awarded in each sport. In the earlier plan, the large and small 2A schools were to have separate state tournaments with the idea being that it isn't fair for a school with 175 students to have to compete with one that has 900-plus.
Wednesday the compromise was worked out that the large 2A schools (500 to 999 enrollment) will qualify for the top portion of the state tournaments, while the small 2A schools (175 to 499) will be in the lower tournament brackets. This way a small 2A school is guaranteed to meet a larger 2A school in the state championship game.
Wednesday's changes didn't affect the 4A region alignments and the only change in 3A was that Carbon and Uintah will be dropped to 2A status.
As it stands, 4A will consist of four regions of six teams each. Region 1 will include Bonneville, Clearfield, Layton, Northridge, Roy and Weber. Region 2 will be Bountiful, Cottonwood, Davis, Highland, Skyline and Viewmont.
Region 3 will pit Bingham, Granger, Hunter, Kearns, Taylorsville and West Jordan. Region 4 will be made up of Alta, American Fork, Brighton, Hillcrest, Mountain View and Orem.
There will be five 3A regions statewide with two five-team leagues in the Salt Lake area. Region 6 will have Granite, Jordan, Judge Memorial, Murray and Tooele. Region 7 will include Cyprus, East, Olympus, West and Woods Cross.