Every two years the Arizona Interscholastic Association(AIA) reviews enrollments at State high schools to determine the region/conference alignment. Enrollment is the major deciding factor in which league a certain school plays in.
After the AIA’s decision, each school has a chance to appeal and plead their case to either stay or go to a different region. Most of the appeals have to do with competitiveness and travel costs. The AIA then weighs the appeals and comes up with the final region alignments. There are a few changes that you will notice in this years alignment.
The 2A Conference has renamed all of their regions to coincide with an Arizona River in that region. Their 2018 region names are Little Colorado, Black, San Pedro, Verde, Aqua Fria, Salt and Gila. Pima, Thatcher , Morenci, St. Johns and Round Valley now all belong to the 2A Black. San Carlos is no longer a member of that league.
The 3A Conference didn’t change any league names but there is a big change for Safford. The Bulldogs no longer belong to the 3A Central, which includes all of the East Valley teams. They have been moved down to Tucson and the 3A South. That league consists of Safford, Catalina, Pusch Ridge, Sabino, Sahuarita and Tanque Verde.
Fort Thomas and Duncan are in the 1A South with Baboquivari, Bowie/San Simon, St. David, Trivium Prep and Valley Union.