AIA announces prep regions for 2016-18

Schools may appeal Dec. 7 to executive board; locals say they won't

KINGMAN - The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced its region placements for the two-year block beginning next school year through 2017-2018.

Lee Williams has been placed in the 4A Conference Grand Canyon Region. This alignment should sound familiar as Kingman High was with these schools just last year: Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain, Flagstaff Coconino, Flagstaff, Cottonwood Mingus, Bullhead City Mohave and Prescott.

Lee Williams continues to express disappointment by being placed in the 4A Conference. It is the smallest, school-enrollment wise, in the conference.

"The AIA mission statement boasts of ethical decision making, equitable and fair playing fields and maximizing student participation. Their decision, in our case, does not support their mission," LWHS principal/interim athletic director Gretchen Dorner wrote in an e-mail to the Miner.

Dorner and her staff have done the calculations and have concluded there is no better way for the Vols to be situated as it pertains to travel costs. As of Tuesday, LWHS was not planning an appeal.

"Not at this time," Dorner said. "We can't win. We're going to have to travel."

There are eight regions in 4A with 43 teams.

The Kingman Bulldogs have been placed in the 3A Conference West Region with Chino Valley, Phoenix Northwest Christian, Buckeye Odyssey Institute, River Valley and Wickenburg. KHS athletic director John Venenga said the Bulldogs won't be appealing, though he was fairly certain that Northwest Christian and Odyssey would be in hopes they can be placed in the Phoenix area and won't have to travel to northwest Arizona.

There are six regions in 3A with 37 teams.

Kingman Academy has been positioned in the 2A Conference West Region with Wellton Antelope, Bullhead City MALC, Parker, Tonopah Valley, and Goodyear Trivium Prep.

"We won't be doing anything with this round of appeals," said Kingman Academy of Learning district athletic director Michael Perrine. "Overall, we are happy where we are."

That doesn't mean that any of the southern schools - Antelope, Tonopah and Trivium - won't be appealing. However, it appears their only move would be into the 2A Metro West that houses Arizona Lutheran, Bourgade Catholic, Joy Christian, Phoenix Christian, Scottsdale Christian and Scottsdale Prep. That doesn't seem too inviting.

There are eight regions in 2A with 50 teams.

After the AIA Executive Board finalizes the region placements on Dec. 7, the football schedules for 2016-2017 are expected to be generated by Dec. 11.

Scheduling for all sports begins Dec. 15.