Lee Williams' appeal denied; school stays in 4A

KINGMAN - The Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board heard 28 appeals from schools wishing to move to another conference for the two-year block beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. The board denied all 28, including Lee Williams High School's request to join the 3A conference and leave the 4A.

Lee Williams presented its case Monday, but to no avail.

"The board members' deliberation and discussion was very intense but in the end they choose to support conference leadership in their efforts to address everyone's concern through a cooperative scheduling process," the AIA's executive director, Dr. Harold Slemmer, told AZPreps365.com's Jose Garcia.

One casualty of the decision will be the annual football game between Lee Williams and Kingman Academy. The two schools have met on the gridiron the past three seasons, but AIA rules stipulate that a 4A school and a 2A school like Kingman Academy cannot play football against each other. Kingman High has been assigned to 3A, and no other sports will be impacted by the decision.

Region placements are the next step in the process and the local schools should know by Dec. 2. Schools may appeal region placements as well.