Pending Region Appeals (Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.), this is what the Conference and Regions may look like for the next two years for Southern Arizona. The Final List will be finalized and released on Dec. 7 by the AIA Executive Board:
6A ‐ Region 5
San Luis (Near Yuma)
My notes: This region will create some new rivalries. The Yuma schools vs. Sunnyside and Tucson looks intriguing.
5A ‐ Region 1: Southern Region
My notes: Lots of travel. Keeps Mountain View/Ironwood Ridge rivalry intact. Competitive region in all sports.
5A ‐ Region 2: Sonoran Region
My notes: Flowing Wells has a chance to emerge as a power but so does Marana. Breathes life into Cholla and Desert View.
4A ‐ Region 7: Gila
My notes: Each school has a chance to dominate in different sports.
4A ‐ Region 8: Kino
Canyon Del Oro
My notes: Walden Grove will have to grow up in a hurry. One heck of a baseball region.
3A ‐ Region 2: South
My notes: At first glance, Sabino’s region. Tanque Verde in a bigger arena now.
2A ‐ Region 2: East
My notes: Competitive.
2A ‐ Region 3: South
My notes: Hard to say, depends on returning athletes.
1A Regions TBD
Academy of Tucson
Nogales Lourdes Catholic
The Gregory School
My Notes: Pretty much business as usual. All these teams know each other.
NOTE: Golf, soccer, boy’s volleyball, cross country, swim & dive, track & field, sand volleyball and wrestling will have separate conferences/regions.
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