Another AIA Sectional Followup

The AIA released today the teams that appealed their division placements. Surprisingly there were only four for football. Unsurprisingly, three of them were Notre Dame, Salpointe, and St. Mary’s.

However, the fourth one was odd – Tucson Santa Rita decided to appeal up to D2 from D4.

To me, this makes no sense. A D4 Southern sectional that includes Tucson-area schools Sabino (who didn’t appeal), Palo Verde, Empire, and Rio Rico would seem to be a good fit for Santa Rita – for sure an easier path to the playoffs.

Instead, Santa Rita opted for the massive D2 Sonoran sectional which now will include Salpointe, CDO, Cienega, and Ironwood Ridge.

If it’s travel times they’re doing it for, maybe that makes sense. The D4 sectional would have also included trips to Safford, Florence, Globe, and Fountain Hills. The Safford trip is probably the most daunting of them all since Safford is the only D4 school in Southeastern Arizona (Douglas is D3).

In any case, given that information, I’ve updated the sectional projections now to include the new appeals. I’m 99% confident that this will end up being the final version the AIA comes out with, and 100% confident that if any changes are made, it will involve less than 8 teams switching sectionals.

Teams with a * next to their enrollment numbers indicate the school appealed to the listed division.

Division 1teams = 39 Division 2teams = 42 Division 3teams = 39 Division 4teams = 35 Division 5teams = 39 Division 6teams = 32 
East ValleySonoranKinoNortheastSoutheastEast
St. Mary's602 *Santa Rita1115 *Amphitheater1323Ganado597Baboquivari275Cibecue75
Carl Hayden2255Salpointe Catholic1150 *Douglas1379Alchesay608Pusch Ridge279Rock Point126
Central2301Cholla1734Catalina1382Holbrook689Miami314Ft. Thomas132
Desert Mountain2352Catalina Foothills1736Williams Field1382Tuba City708San Manuel350Superior138
North2416Canyon del Oro1746Higley1441Window Rock728Tanque Verde355Mogollon150
Pinnacle2438Sahuaro1771Campo Verde1500Snowflake739Morenci368Joseph City154
Desert Ridge2517Flowing Wells1775Sahuarita1502Show Low777Tombstone380Duncan161
Brophy2532Pueblo1855Apache Junction1614Payson788Benson380Salt River164
Skyline2649Ironwood Ridge1879Casa Grande1650Winslow792Thatcher400Pima207
Westwood2923Marana1953Vista Grande1655Blue Ridge876Bisbee407Veritas Prep228
Mesa3334Marana Mt. View1964Nogales1704Monument Valley912Willcox422Shonto Prep (F)142
Mesa Mt. View3369Cienega2048Queen Creek1711Chinle1099San Carlos433
Red Mountain3442Rincon/University2072Poston Butte1725
Desert View2119
West ValleyCentralSkylineWestern CanyonWestern SkySouth
Tolleson2195Notre Dame Prep919 *Cactus1429North Pointe Prep490Arizona Lutheran187Patagonia73
Kofa2263Bradshaw Mountain1731Youngker1434Parker530Phoenix Christian223Rancho Solano Prep80
Valley Vista2286Shadow Mountain1749Verrado1454South Pointe586Tempe Prep232Ajo134
Mountain Ridge2355Sunnyslope1807Desert Edge1496Wickenburg720Westwind Prep257St. David143
Boulder Creek2374Cactus Shadows1827Shadow Ridge1500Chino Valley812Yuma Catholic264Gila Bend148
North Canyon2397Prescott1858Sunrise Mountain1611River Valley878Canyon State Academy304Valley Union154
Sandra Day O'Connor2413Barry Goldwater1879Glendale1639Page1012Antelope305Gilbert Christian155
Westview2514Marcos de Niza1897Yuma1650Estrella Foothills1060Valley Christian329San Pasqual155
Cibola2515McClintock1908Dysart1651Buckeye1206Northwest Christian364Ray171
Maryvale2581Camelback1937Agua Fria1654Cortez1225Tonopah Valley370Valley Lutheran190
San Luis2616Deer Valley1956Liberty1660Mingus1260Bourgade Catholic406ASDB (F)52
Alhambra2690Perry2114Peoria1682Coronado1295Santa Cruz439Hayden125
Trevor Browne2808Chaparral2127Copper Canyon1708San Tan Foothills475
SoutheastDesert WestNorthernDesert SkyNortheastern SkyWest
Buena2222Betty H. Fairfax1814Saguaro1437Seton Catholic542Rough Rock166Fredonia84
Sunnyside2313Apollo1842Tempe1443Globe555Williams237Ash Fork91
Basha2320Raymond S. Kellis1843Sierra Linda1535Fountain Hills753Red Mesa320Orme114
Corona del Sol2390La Joya1860Coconino1537Safford804Sanders Valley338Joy Christian114
Mesquite2452Gila Ridge1867Moon Valley1548Florence833Scottsdale Christian342Salome135
Mountain Pointe2648South Mountain1873Mohave1551Coolidge844St. Johns342Bagdad138
Gilbert2763Independence1937Thunderbird1561Empire1042Greyhills Academy375Beaver Dam144
Desert Vista2929Lake Havasu1956Greenway1600Combs1140Many Farms409Mayer163
Highland2957Ironwood1989Paradise Valley1603Rio Rico1236Pinon423PDSD (F)59
Tucson3021Kingman2059Maricopa1612Sabino1253Round Valley445South Ridge~180
Dobson3081Centennial2118Flagstaff1641Palo Verde1255Camp Verde446
Chandler3191Willow Canyon2159Arcadia1680Hopi455
Hamilton3431Cesar Chavez2169Washington1702Sedona Red Rock489

3 Replies to “Another AIA Sectional Followup”

  1. Just looking at the D3 Sectional, why would the AIA put Maricopa and Sierra Linda in the same section and Flagstaff and Coconino? Should look more like this:

    East/South Section Central Section North Section
    Williams Field Yuma Paradise Valley
    Amphi Washington Flagstaff
    Douglass Desert Edge Arcadia
    Catalina Shadow Ridge Bradshaw
    Higley Glendale Sunrise
    Campo Verde Agua Fria Liberty
    Sahuarita Peoria Saguaro
    Apache Junction Copper Canyon Coconino
    Vista Grande sierra Linda Moon Valley
    Nogalas Tempe Mohave
    Queen Creek Cactus T-Bird
    Poston Butte Youngker Greenway
    Maricopa Verrado Dysart

  2. So that didn’t turn out so good, try again
    East/South Section: Williams Field, Amphi, Douglas, Catalina, Higley, Campo Verde, Sahuarita, Apache Junction, Vista grande, Nogales, Queen Creek, Poston Butte, Maricopa
    Central Section: Yuma, Washington, Desert Edge, Shadow Ridge, Glendale, Agua Fria, Peoria, Copper Canyon, Sierra Linda, Tempe, Cactus, Youngker, Verrado
    North Section: PV, Flag, Arcadia, Bradshaw, Sunrise, Liberty, Saguaro, Coconino, Moon Valley, Mohave, T-Bird, Greenway, Dysart

  3. Others have suggested that D5 have an unbalanced sectional, moving Scottsdale Christian to the Western Sky because their travel times to the remainder of their sectional is too great. To that I say, it’s possible, but what do you do about teams like Yuma Catholic and Antelope who have travel times similar to Scottsdale Christian? What’s fair for one is fair for the others.

    The AIA will have a handful of these types of schools to deal with anyway. I said it before – I think there’s going to be about 8 schools that will change places before it’s all said and done.

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