PCHS to face new Region 10 foes
December 9, 2014
During the last Utah High School Activities Association realignment process, Park City High School said goodbye to longtime rivals Judge Memorial and Wasatch, both of which moved up to the 4A level.
After the latest UHSAA realignment cycle, 3A Park City will once again bid farewell to familiar opponents.
This time, Uintah, Juan Diego and Morgan will be leaving Region 10, with Tooele, Grantsville and Stansbury taking their places. The changes will take place for the 2015-16 school year and last through the end of the 2016-17 seasons.
"The alignment was definitely a surprise," Park City High School Activities Director Jamie Sheetz said. "It’s a pretty drastic change, with only us and Union still in the region."
Though past rivalries and budding rivalries have been shifted, Sheetz said Park City is looking forward to the new challenges provided by the new region.
"Union is a tough school and then you bring in the three Tooele schools, who are all competitive," he said. "It’ll be a good change of scenery for our teams. We’ll still probably pick up Juan Diego and Uintah and Morgan here and there for pre-region stuff, so it’ll be fun."
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Overall, Sheetz understands why UHSAA made the changes it did. In total, Park City will now travel less during region play than it has in years past.
"I don’t envy their jobs because I think you’re going to make two people happy and everyone else will be unhappy," he said. "It is what it is and you play the region and enjoy the teams you get to play. I think everybody’s in the same boat — we’ll play wherever the UHSAA puts us. Whatever schools we’re with, we’ll play them."
Now, Sheetz said, it’s up to the PCHS athletes and coaches to maintain the level of success the school has enjoyed in the past.
"Hopefully we’ll be as competitive as we’ve been," he said. "Obviously we’ve had a lot of success over the past few years and decade."
Heading into the realignment process, which was finalized last week, Sheetz thought Park City might have a chance to move up to 4A. But, he said, when enrollment numbers were turned in, Park City didn’t grow as much as schools like Wasatch and Uintah.
"I really thought on this realignment that we’d be a 4A bubble school and we weren’t as close as I thought we’d be because everybody out-paced us," he said. "I don’t really see us growing a whole lot more in this district and I don’t see our enrollment climbing very much. I’d say we’ll probably be another solid 3A school again [in the next UHSAA realignment cycle in two years] unless they change the classification systems."
That said, Sheetz said the Miners are ready for the new region opponents. After all, he said, at the end of the day, there are plenty of open games where teams can schedule their former rivals.
"It’s a small percentage of the season, especially with a smaller region," he said. "You’re looking at basically eight games in a five-team region. You’re looking at it for a playoff seed, is what it comes down to."
Park City teams will finish up the current school year with Juan Diego, Uintah, Morgan and Union as their Region 10 foes before the changes take place starting in the fall.
PCHS football will remain in the 3AA classification, with Logan and Judge Memorial joining Bear River, Ben Lomond, Stansbury and Tooele in the 3AA North region.
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