Tucson High School Sports

Empire Appeals Football Conference Placement from 5A to 3A

(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

18 football programs from around the state appealed their conference placements. Those appeals will be heard by the AIA Executive Board on Jan. 21. The final decisions will be posted on Jan. 22 and regions will be set by Jan. 28.

Empire is the only program from Southern Arizona to appeal. The Ravens finished 1-9 in the 5A Conference this past season and 6-4 the previous year. The team was in the 3A Conference in 2017.

ALA Ironwood (3A to 2A)
Arete Prep (2A to 1A)
Barry Goldwater (5A to 4A)
Ben Franklin (4A to 3A)
Chino Valley (3A to 2A)
Coronado (2A to 3A)
Empire (5A to 3A)
Kingman Academy (3A to 2A)
North (6A to 5A)
Notre Dame Prep (6A to 5A)
Northwest Christian (4A to 3A)
Phoenix Christian (3A to 2A)
Round Valley (3A to 2A)
Sedona Red Rock (2A to 1A)
Trevor Browne (6A to 5A)
Tuba City (2A to 3A)
Vista Grande (4A to 3A)
West Point (5A to 4A)


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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