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New, improved Region 10?

Christopher Kamrani, Of the Record staff

Park City High School maybe going from arguably the weakest region in 3A to being a cog in one of the strongest.

The proposed region realignment throughout the state will come down to a final decision of the Utah High School Board of Trustees Thursday at 1 p.m. The Utah High School Athletic Association (UHSAA) is holding a public meeting tonight at 5 p.m. at its offices in Midvale for people who wish to make a last-ditch public plea for their respective schools.

Don’t count on Park City being one of those pleading.

In the proposed realignment, the Miners will drop the likes of Carbon and American Leadership Academy, and gain powerhouse Juan Diego, old rivals Judge Memorial and Uintah and former 4A force Highland, which looks to be on the fast track down to 3A.

PCHS athletic director Doug Payne is pleased with the soon-to-be decision. Payne said in the proposed realignment every 3A region would have seven teams, which would help scheduling non-region games in the future in any sport not to mention the skyrocketing level of competition.

"The quality should rise with these additions," Payne said.

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Miners head football coach Kai Smalley is pleased with the notion that his team will gain some serious rivalries should the realignment go through. Smalley had already scheduled Juan Diego and Judge in his 2011 non-region schedule, and is happily on the prowl for replacements for those spots now.

"It creates a good atmosphere," Smalley said. "It’s going to be fun. We always want to play good teams. With this realignment, we get more rivalries; more games matter."

However, Highland has adamantly opposing the realignment and has asked UHSAA to reconsider its demotion to 3A. The Rams football team is currently in the 4A state championship where it will play Mountain Crest Friday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The Miners are an obvious beneficiary from this proposed movement. Park City is able to keep its main rival in Wasatch, regain a few former rivals and up the quality of play with the likes of Juan Diego and Highland.

The Juan Diego football team will play for the 3A state title Friday against Hurricane.

Miners’ volleyball coach Katie McLintock knows that the proposed region will be no cakewalk.

"I’m pretty excited about it," she said. "Throughout the year we played all those schools so we already had a peek in to what next season could look like. I look forward to a competitive 2011 season."

Head basketball coach Caleb Fine knows that every team will need to take a step up in order to compete for future region titles.

"What is it? It’s a competitive region," Fine said. "We’ll have our work cut out for us. We’ll be prepared, the kids will be prepared to play and hopefully we’ll have the athleticism and strength to compete. I’m up for the challenge. I’m not afraid of it."