Prep Alignment Still Up In Air

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It remains virtually impossible to sort through how the potential Arizona Interscholastic Association school alignment changes will affect Payson High School and the remainder of the soon to be dissipated 3A conference. But it appears the Longhorns might be aligned in Division 4 with 27 other 3A schools.

Because 3A is the smallest conference in terms of number of members, most are expecting some current 4A II schools, possibly about 12, to also be aligned in Division 4.

Some possibilities include Seton Catholic, Page, Higley, Notre Dame, Mingus, Coronado and Tempe.

However, the possibility remains that schools can petition to move up a classification, which the two Catholic schools might do. Mingus is another possibility to petition up.

Division 5 would include the current Class 2A schools and Division 6 would house the 28 Class 1A schools.

Each division, 1 through 5, is expected to contain about 40 schools.

The new alignment is expected to eliminate the two divisions that now exist in the 4A and 5A conferences and create four divisions for most sports. The changes go into effect in August in some sports and all others will be affected starting 2011-2112.

The AIA says the changes will cut down on travel and expenses because the number of state participants and state championships will be reduced.

AIA officials claim the changes will cut up to 35 percent of travel during region and state tournament games.

Calling all runners

PHS cross country coach Jonathan Ball is inviting prospective runners to off-season workouts at 8 a.m. weekdays. Runners should meet on the PHS track to begin the workouts, which include running and strength training. The workouts are not mandatory, but Ball is strongly urging all student athletes who wish to be a member of either team next season to take advantage of them.

Rookie coach hosts soccer

Newly hired Lady Longhorn soccer coach Amy Wilcox, herself once a PHS soccer star, is hosting off-season workouts at 8 a.m. each Monday and Wednesday at Rumsey Park. However, there will be no session tomorrow, July 7. To participate, student athletes only need to show up on time and dressed out for play.

Youth girls hoop camp

A girls basketball camp for aspiring players entering fifth through eighth grade will be held 9 a.m. to noon July 6, 7 and 8 in old Payson High School gymnasium. The fee is $15. The Payson girls basketball club is sponsoring the camp and the RCMSD coaching staff will host the sessions.

For more information, call Grant Coley at (928) 978-4116 or Gary Fishel at (928) 595-1409.

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