The Utah High School Activities Association’s preliminary realignment proposal may result in less travel for student-athletes from Tooele and Stansbury high schools over the next two school years, but the Buffaloes and Stallions will also have to face stiffer competition.
The UHSAA released its proposal for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years on Thursday, with Tooele and Stansbury slated to make the jump from Class 4A to Class 5A — the state’s second-largest classification. Under the proposal, Tooele would be the smallest Class 5A school with 905 students in grades 11-12, while Stansbury would be the fifth-smallest with 940 students in the top two grades. Maple Mountain would be the largest Class 5A school with 1,114 students in its junior and senior classes.
The Buffaloes and Stallions could be reunited with past region foes. Cedar Valley is also slated to make the jump to Class 5A, while Bonneville and Mountain View moved to Class 5A in the previous realignment cycle. When Stansbury High opened in 2009, the Stallions and Buffs competed against Woods Cross, East and Olympus in region play, and all are likely to be placed in Class 5A as well.
Grantsville will remain in Class 3A under the proposal, with its enrollment of 757 students in grades 10-12 ranking it as the classification’s fourth-largest school. Canyon View (836), which may move down from Class 4A, would be the largest, followed by Morgan (775) and Union (774). Juan Diego is also slated to drop down from Class 4A, with South Sevier, San Juan and Maeser Prep dropping down to Class 2A.
However, the classification will look different for football. The nine largest schools (Canyon View, Morgan, Union, Grantsville, Carbon, North Sanpete, Juab, Richfield, Manti and Juan Diego) would compete in Class 3A, while the eight smallest schools (Emery, Providence Hall, Delta, Judge Memorial, American Leadership Academy, South Summit, Summit Academy and Grand) would compete in Class 2A.
Tooele County’s other two high schools — Wendover and Dugway — are both slated to remain in Class 1A with the state’s smallest schools. Wendover’s enrollment of 92 students in its upper three grades makes it the 13th-largest school in Class 1A, while Dugway is the seventh-smallest out of 32 schools with 29 students in grades 10-12.
According to a press release, the UHSAA’s Board of Trustees will meet Dec. 9 to place schools into classifications and to make a preliminary proposal for individual regions. There will be a public meeting on Dec. 16 to get feedback on the initial region proposal, with a final vote scheduled for Dec. 17.
For more information regarding the UHSAA’s realignment plans, visit www.uhsaa.org.