Twelve region appeals were made to the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s executive board. Three schools found the Golden Ticket:
Combs’ appeal from the 4A Desert Sky Region to the 4A Black Canyon Region was approved, the board citing the advantages of having a six-team region comprised of three East Valley teams and three West Valley teams.
Mayer’s athletic program, excluding football, was granted an appeal from the 1A West Region to the 1A Central Region for travel purposes.
And San Tan Foothills’ football program was granted an appeal from the 2A South Region to the 2A Metro East Region, again for travel purposes.
I’ve had readers ask why some football programs have been able to appeal separately when the classification process approved by the legislative council mandated that entire programs have to appeal rather than separate sports.
It was decided by the 2A and 1A Conferences to treat football separately because of the obvious difference between 11-man football in 2A and 8-man football in 1A. It also was done to try to create a 33-33-33 split between private, public and charter schools.
Now that the conference and region placements have been finalized the next big step in this process is Jan. 12, when conference committee members will get together at Phoenix Xavier Prep to try to hammer out football schedules for the 2016 season.
I’ll be at the meeting. For updates, follow me on Twitter @sbordow
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