Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Duchesne's Daniel Hanberg runs the ball as Layton Christian hosts Duchesne, high school football in Layton Thursday August 21, 2014.
Prep sports: Successful schools speak out Wednesday against realignment proposal
Prep sports » UHSAA to vote on formula that would shake up classifications.
First Published Aug 27 2014 11:27 pm • Last Updated Aug 27 2014 11:28 pm

Midvale • Administrators from Provo and Duchesne, whose football teams could be moved up a classification under a proposed success-based high school realignment formula, spoke out against it in a public hearing Wednesday night.

The Utah High School Activities Association Board of Trustees will vote Thursday on the formula, which could add or subtract up to 15 percent of student enrollment figures that will determine which of six football classifications a school will be placed into.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Of the small group who addressed the board at the UHSAA headquarters Wednesday night, all but two spoke against the proposal.

"We support the association’s efforts to level the playing field," said Timpview High principal Todd McKee, whose highly successful 4A football team might be classified 5A under the formula. "But the current path is the wrong path. …It took two years to come with a change in the wrestling tournament over the format. But, over the summer, this was a substantial classification change…Slow the process."

McKee said the program did not address the true factors of football success that include open enrollment, socioeconomics, successful youth programs, and athletic specializations.

He said that changing to 5A would increase his school’s travel costs, eliminate natural cross-town rivalries and result in student-athletes having more time out of class.

Timpview parent Evan Schmutz, Provo School District Board member McKay Jensen and Provo School District superintendent Keith Rittel offered similar arguments.

Duchesne principal Stan Young, whose school has won four straight state football titles and has a state record 48-game winning streak, said his program could be punished for being successful.

"There is no question we would be moved up in this formula," he said. "It would kill our sophomore and freshmen programs."

Parowan High principal Roy Matthews and athletic director Alana Benson did not feel strongly about the football-only success formula. Matthews lobbied to be moved from 2A, where it is one of the smallest schools, into 1A, where it would be among the largest.

story continues below
story continues below

"We cannot compete where we are," said Benson. "But I don’t think schools that have a great program should be forced into another realm. But if they they are, they shouldn’t be afraid. At the bottom end, you can can still have a lot of success."

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.