For the first time most people who live in the Kyrene Corridor can remember, Corona del Sol High School athletic programs may not be part of the Central Region.
The 5A conference is in the process of realigning the regions for scheduling 2009-11 athletic programs. The driving forces are said to be geography, numbers and, most significantly, competition.
The Central region has long been one of the most competitive in the state.
The realignment, proposed by Marcos de Niza athletic director Mike Griffith, was approved by a 20-7 vote on Oct. 23.
Appeals were due to be heard by the 5A executive board on Nov. 5. If the appeals are unsuccessful, there will be major changes affecting Corona athletics starting in 2009.
The two biggest changes will cause Division I and Division II schools within the same regions to be mixed, as they were in the 2005-2007 seasons; the realignment would affect the East Valley school districts the most.
Corona would be moved into the East Valley Region with Dobson, Gilbert, Mesquite, Mountain View and Basha. Desert Vista would remain in the Central Region but would be with Brophy/Xavier, Chandler, Hamilton, Highland, Mesa and Red Mountain.
Mountain Pointe would placed with Casa Grande, Desert Ridge, Marcos de Niza, Perry, Skyline and Westwood in the Pima Region.
Once again, the 5A athletic realignment proposal was approved 20-7 and the appeals were to be heard Nov. 5.