BOUNTIFUL –A decision by state authorities has reinvigorated the longstanding sports rivalry between Viemont and Davis High Schools in Region 1.
Last week, the Utah High School Activities Association finalized the alignment of the 138 high schools across the state and held a public hearing last Wednesday before approving the final alignment last Thursday.
One major difference, and one that local fans will appreciate, is the movement of Viewmont High School. Last year and for the remainder of this season, the Vikings were in Region 2 with Granger, Hunter, Taylorsville, West and Kearns High Schools.
The Vikings will now be back in Region 1 with rival Davis, but the rest of the region will look the same as it has for the past two years.
Region 2 itself is also getting a major makeover, with half of the current teams remaining at the start of the 2013 school year. Two of six teams will be transferred from the region with new regions, classifications, or both. Aside from Viewmont, Kearns will make a jump from 5A’s Region 2 to 4A’s Region 6, joining the ranks of Bountiful and Woods Cross.
Region 6 also received a second addition for all sports except football, as the UHSAA made a move to six football classes instead of five. In all sports except football, Region 6 will have Bountiful, Woods Cross, Clearfield, Cyprus, East, Highland, Kearns and Judge Memorial.
Judge will play in 3A’s North Division during football season with Carbon, Emery, Grantsville, Morgan and Union.
Teams were also streamlined into a better setting, said UHSAA executive director Rob Cuff, as most of the teams in the new alignment will be closer together during region play. Now, instead of Viewmont having to travel south during region play, its players will be able to head north to face more familiar opponents.
Cuff also stressed that putting rivals back together in other regions led to a smoother alignment process С the final approval went through in two hours.
Contrary to popular belief, he said, the six-classification system will work for the better. It was initially thought that teams in the 5A class will be deemed the 6A class in football, and the 4A class would be 5A and so on.
However, the UHSAA Board of Trustees decided to split the 3A class into two classes, 3A and 3AA. Although neither will involve any local teams, the 3AA and 3A classes will have two divisions each. The 3AA class will have seven schools per division, and 3A will have six schools per division, including Judge Memorial.
The final alignment can be viewed online at uhsaa.org.