The Arizona Interscholastic Association has stared to hear initial placement appeals for all sports except football.
Nobody from the Gila Valley appealed their initial placement but here are a few that could bring new teams for local teams to play.
Bourgade Catholic, Globe, San Miguel, Camp Verde, Catalina, Wickenburg have all appealed to be moved down from 3A to 2A.
Arete Prep, North Phoenix Prep, Tempe Prep have all appealed to be moved down from 2A to 1A.
Fountain Hills and Gilbert Christian have appealed to move up from 2A to 3A.
Seton Catholic, St. Mary’s, Coronado, Notre Dame Prep an d Paradise Honors have appealed to move up from 3A to 4A.
Since there weren’t any local teams to appeal that means as of right now all Thatcher and Safford sports except football will be in the 3A Conference for the next two years.
Pima, Morenci and Willcox will still be in the 2A Conference. Fort Thomas and Duncan will stay 1A.
The new football alignment will be determined after this year’s season is complete.