So, the AIA released its sectional initial placements this week. I had a chance to review it and figure out how far off I was. Appeals are ongoing until January.

The result? Not too bad.

First off – the AIA decided not to name any of the sections and just number them. Nice.

Division 1 – there were mistakes in every section, but you can see what happened. The AIA placed Desert Ridge and Skyline (the far East Valley schools) in Section 2 instead of the Ahwatukee schools Desert Vista and Mountain Pointe. Then the 5A Metro schools (Carl Hayden, Central, North) along with St. Mary’s were placed in Section 1 instead of the 5A Northwest schools (Mountain Ridge, Boulder Creek, O’Connor) plus North Canyon. Tally so far = 27 out of 35 correct (77.1%).

I believe that all 12 of these schools will appeal. Desert Ridge and Skyline are being placed in the Section grouped with the three Southern Arizona schools (Buena, Sunnyside, Tucson), along with the Southeastern Valley schools like Hamilton, Chandler, and Basha, instead of being grouped with their natural Mesa-area schools (Mesa, Red Mountain, Westwood, etc.). Also, the 5A Northwest schools will now have to travel to the far East Valley instead of staying on the West side of I-17. The 5A Metro schools are caught in the middle – it’s a shorter drive to the West Valley than to the East Valley, yes, but the difference is negligible. St. Mary’s in particular will appeal to be in the same section as Brophy anyway.

Division 2 – 40 out of 42 schools placed correctly. (95.2%) Swap McClintock with Kingman in Sections 1 and 3 and that’s it. This was the division where I had originally gotten only 29 teams correctly placed in the division, so I’m pretty happy about the sectional placement now. I’m reasonably sure that Kingman will NOT appeal since they would be placed with a lot of Northwest Valley schools, including Prescott, but McClintock will definitely appeal since now they will not be in the same section as Marcos de Niza.

Division 3 – Again, mistakes in every section here, but it was not as bad as D1. Swap Apache Junction for Maricopa for Sections 1 and 3, and then it’s just a matter of the far West Valley schools versus the North Phoenix schools. Tally was 29 out of 39 (74.4%). I don’t think you’ll see any appeals here in D3. Most everyone I think will be happy even with this placement. This is the division I fully expected to have mistakes with sectional placing.

Division 4 – Surprises here. Payson is booted out of the Rim Country and along with Fountain Hills are apparently now members of the West Valley. South Pointe is actually taken literally and placed in the Southern Arizona Section along with Scottsdale Coronado. And Page gets its wish as the step-child and is placed in the Rim Country Section. Payson will appeal but lose because Page’s drive time issues will outweigh Payson’s. Tally was 30 out of 35 (85.7%)

Division 5 – Only two misses here. Scottsdale Christian is in the same Section as the Phoenix-area and Yuma-area schools, while Santa Cruz is placed with the Southern Arizona schools like Pusch Ridge, Tombstone, and Bisbee. Tally was 36 out of 38 (94.7%)

Division 6 – What a cluster*@$+. Almost everything was wrong in Section 3 and the other two sections only had 6 right in each. To make matters worse, the divisional alignment specified four schools that were not in the sectional placement!! (Shonto Prep, Rancho Solano Prep, Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, South Ridge), while the sectional alignment ADDED three schools (El Capitan, Seligman, Phoenix Country Day School). Mind you, I welcome Seligman and PCD back into the fold after a multi-year absence, but it’s distressing that these three are showing up now after not being there before. Tally here is 14 out of 36 (38.9%), but apparently the total number of teams in D6 is a moving target.

Total count: 162 out of 193 (discounting Division 6). That’s 83.9%. Ugh. I was shooting for 95%. Of course, if the appeals go the way I think they will, I’ll probably hit 90%.

So, right now, the new sectional alignment is below. In Division 6, where it says “not listed”, those are the schools that were in the divisional placement but not in the sectional placement (thus showing that the AIA needs a fact-checker on staff…)

Division 1
teams = 39
 
Division 2
teams = 42
 
Division 3
teams = 39
 
Division 4
teams = 35
 
Division 5
teams = 38
 
Division 6
teams = 36?
 
Section 1Section 1Section 1Section 1Section 1Section 1
St. Mary's602Betty H. Fairfax1814Amphitheater1323Ganado597Rough Rock166Seligman59
Tolleson2195Apollo1842Douglas1379Alchesay608Williams237Fredonia83
Carl Hayden2255Raymond S. Kellis1843Catalina1382Holbrook689Red Mesa320Ash Fork91
Kofa2263La Joya1860Williams Field1382Tuba City708Sanders Valley338El Capitan113
Valley Vista2286Gila Ridge1867Higley1441Window Rock728St. Johns342Orme114
Central2301South Mountain1873Campo Verde1500Snowflake739Greyhills Academy375Rock Point126
North2416McClintock1908Sahuarita1502Show Low777Many Farms409Bagdad138
Westview2514Independence1937Maricopa1612Winslow792Pinon423Beaver Dam144
Cibola2515Lake Havasu1956Casa Grande1650Blue Ridge876Round Valley445Mogollon150
Maryvale2581Ironwood1989Vista Grande1655Monument Valley912Camp Verde446Joseph City154
San Luis2616Centennial2118Nogales1704Page1012Hopi455Mayer163
Alhambra2690Willow Canyon2159Queen Creek1711Chinle1099Sedona Red Rock489Shonto Prep (F)142Not listed
Trevor Browne2808Cesar Chavez2169Poston Butte1725
Millennium2184
Section 2Section 2Section 2Section 2Section 2Section 2
Buena2222Santa Rita1115Cactus1429Seton Catholic542Arizona Lutheran187ASDB (F)52
Sunnyside2313Salpointe Catholic1150Verrado1454Globe555Phoenix Christian223Patagonia73
Basha2320Cholla1734Shadow Ridge1500South Pointe586Tempe Prep232Cibecue75
Corona del Sol2390Catalina Foothills1736Coconino1537Safford804Westwind Prep257Hayden125
Mesquite2452Canyon del Oro1746Mohave1551Florence833Yuma Catholic264Ft. Thomas132
Desert Ridge2517Sahuaro1771Greenway1600Coolidge844Canyon State Academy304Superior138
Skyline2649Flowing Wells1775Sunrise Mountain1611Empire1042Antelope305St. David143
Gilbert2763Pueblo1855Glendale1639Combs1140Valley Christian329Valley Union154
Highland2957Ironwood Ridge1879Flagstaff1641Rio Rico1236Scottsdale Christian342Duncan161
Tucson3021Marana1953Dysart1651Sabino1253Northwest Christian364Ray171
Dobson3081Marana Mt. View1964Liberty1660Palo Verde1255Tonopah Valley370Pima207
Chandler3191Cienega2048Peoria1682Coronado1295Bourgade Catholic406Phoenix Country Day (F?)239
Hamilton3431Rincon/University2072Copper Canyon1708San Tan Foothills475
Desert View2119
Section 3Section 3Section 3Section 3Section 3Section 3
Desert Mountain2352Notre Dame Prep919Youngker1434North Pointe Prep490Baboquivari275PDSD (F)59Not listed
Mountain Ridge2355Bradshaw Mountain1731Saguaro1437Parker530Pusch Ridge279Rancho Solano Prep (F)80Not listed
Boulder Creek2374Shadow Mountain1749Tempe1443Wickenburg720Miami314Joy Christian114
North Canyon2397Sunnyslope1807Desert Edge1496Fountain Hills753San Manuel350Ajo134
Sandra Day O'Connor2413Cactus Shadows1827Sierra Linda1535Payson788Tanque Verde355Salome135
Pinnacle2438Prescott1858Moon Valley1548Chino Valley812Morenci368Gila Bend148
Brophy2532Barry Goldwater1879Thunderbird1561River Valley878Benson380Gilbert Christian155
Mountain Pointe2648Marcos de Niza1897Paradise Valley1603Estrella Foothills1060Tombstone380San Pasqual155
Westwood2923Camelback1937Apache Junction1614Buckeye1206Thatcher400Salt River164
Desert Vista2929Deer Valley1956Yuma1650Cortez1225Bisbee407Valley Lutheran190
Mesa3334Kingman2059Agua Fria1654Mingus1260Willcox422South Ridge (F)200Not listed
Mesa Mt. View3369Perry2114Arcadia1680San Carlos433Veritas Prep228
Red Mountain3442Chaparral2127Washington1702Santa Cruz439
Horizon2160

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