Interesting movements in initial 2013-2015 division alignments
The rough-draft dividing lines were drawn as the AIA released its tentative divisional alignments for the 2013-2015 scheduling block.
A few things probably will get shuffled a bit moving forward, but the Executive Board approval for these divisional placements for all sports could be approved on Monday during their monthly meeting.
Again, the breakdowns vary depending on the sport (which is why it’s 140-something pages), and it’s only division placements. Schools will be allowed to appeal their division placements which can be submitted by schools between Oct. 23-31, with final verdicts rendered and final Division placements released Nov. 19.
Sectional placements within divisions for all sports will be Dec. 10 and all appeals by schools can be submitted from Dec. 11 through Jan. 10, with appeal verdicts and final sectional placements done Jan. 22.
We’ll stick with football here right now for the sake of brevity. As it stands, several East Valley schools are going to be shuffling (pending an appeal if they so choose).
Campo Verde would move from Div. III to Div. II. Horizon moves from Div. II to Div. I. Mesquite would move down from Div. I to Div. II.
Paradise Valley would go from Div. III to Div. II. Perry figures to move from Div. II to Div. I. Poston Butte goes from Div. III to Div. II and Queen Creek up from Div. III to Div. II.
Scottsdale Prep is slotted to be a Div. V school, up from Div. VI, which means the Spartans would go from 8-man football to 11-man football.
St. Mary’s is currently slotted as a Div. IV school with 504 as its enrollment (we’ll see if the Knights again appeal upward as they always have, and, if so, how far), as is Notre Dame, though the Saints are likely to appeal ck up to Div. II again.
Hamilton is slated to be the largest school in the state with 3,652 kids (based on projected enrollment). With a projected 2,153 student enrollment, Goodyear Millennium is the smallest school in Division I (a rough place to be) with both Perry and Horizon also on the bottom of that list.