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Football: 2020 Conference Alignments Are Set

Empire will be playing 4A next fall. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

2020 FOOTBALL CONFERENCES

All appeals have been exhausted and the football conferences for next fall have been set by the AIA. With the addition of Mica Mountain in the Vail School District, there are now 39 teams playing football in Southern Arizona.

Mica Mountain will compete in the 4A Conference and Salpointe moved up to 5A for football. Empire was initially placed in the 5A Conference but a compromise on their appeal down to the 3A level has the Ravens competing at the 4A level.

The 3A Conference will only have three schools from the Tucson area with Tanque Verde and Catalina moving down to compete at the 2A level. San Manual will be shifting to 8-man football at the 1A level.

Several schools will compete in different conferences for other sports. Sports with individual competition will be handled separately.

6A CONFERENCE (1)
Tucson High

5A CONFERENCE (12)
Buena
Cholla (4A other sports)
Cienega
Desert View
Flowing Wells
Ironwood Ridge (Appealed up from 4A for all sports)
Marana
Mountain View
Nogales
Rincon/UHS (6A for other sports)
Salpointe (4A other sports)
Sunnyside

4A CONFERENCE (11)
Amphitheater
Canyon del Oro
Catalina Foothills (5A other sports)
Douglas
Empire (Appealed down from 5A; 3A other sports)
Mica Mountain (New school)
Palo Verde (3A other sports)
Pueblo
Rio Rico
Sahuaro
Walden Grove

3A CONFERENCE (3)
Pusch Ridge
Sabino
Sahuarita (4A other sports)

2A CONFERENCE (8)
Benson
Bisbee
Catalina (3A other sports)
Santa Cruz
Santa Rita
Tanque Verde (3A other sports)
Tombstone
Willcox

1A CONFERENCE (4)
Baboquivari
San Manuel (1A all sports)
St. David
Valley Union

TIMELINE

Jan. 28: Set Regions
Jan. 29 – Feb. 15: Set Schedules
Feb. 20: Schools have access to schedules

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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. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. 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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