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2014 High School Girls Conference Alignments & New Boundary Rules

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American Fork Will Play in D-I Next Year
On August 7th, the high school girl’s coaches council met to discuss the new league alignments and boundary document. The boundary document is established to solidify what team an athlete should play for, if her school does not have a team. This document can be found here.
This document is designed to prevent confusion but it may cause friction with some of the teams. For example, in previous years, girls from Bountiful were split between Viewmont and Woods Cross but under this new document, all players from Bountiful must play for Woods Cross.
The league alignments were designed with the intent of growing the sport of lacrosse in Utah as a whole. Some teams wanted to drop from D-I to D-II while other teams were making the request to jump from D-II to D-I. After much debating and deliberation, the council decided on a few moves that would best benefit each team and the sport as a whole. The first decision was that the newly opened, Corner Canyon High School, would enter the league as a D-I team.
“I know my skill set. I’m inheriting kids who have played before. Although D-I will be tough, I believe it will allow us to be more competitive,” said newly appointed, Corner Canyon head coach, Jim Williamson. They will be placed in the South conference.
In order to try and keep the conferences similar in number, the council decided to move Jordan High School into the north conference.
It was then agreed that Copper Hills would drop to the D-II level. Copper Hills has had a few tough years in a row and has made this request multiple times. Over all, Copper Hills has struggled against D-I teams and D-II teams and it was decided that Copper Hills drop to D-II wouldn’t immediately affect the overall landscape of D-II. Copper Hills will compete in the South conference.
The final decision of the meeting was American Fork and Herriman making the leap to D-I. Last year these two teams were ranked in the top four in D-II all year. American Fork won the championship and Herriman lost in the semifinals. Maureen Richard of Herriman has left Herriman and the program will be left with new coaches to take the helm in what should be a very difficult schedule for.
“I’m excited,” said American Fork coach, Lindsay Gomm. “I think we have the talent but [the girls] may feel daunted when they see who they have to play.”
New League Alignment

D-I North D-I South
Brighton Alta
Cache Valley American Fork
Jordan Bingham
Judge Corner Canyon
Olympus Herriman
Park City Juan Diego
Skyline Lone Peak
Riverton
D-II North D-II South
Davis Copper Hills
Roy Lehi
Sky View Pleasant Grove
Viewmont Timpanogos
Weber Timpview
West Waterford
Woods Cross West Jordan
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8 comments
  1. Is the document a new law or is it just a suggestion?
    The idea of suggesting where girls play if their school doesn’t have a team is a good idea, but I don’t think it was thought out. For example, sending Kearns to play with Skyline? Kearns is down the street from Copper Hills/West Jordan. Hunter to Olympus? Taylorsville to Skyline? Shouldn’t T-ville go to Bingham? Just a short trip down Redwood. Perhaps the most interesting is Hillcrest to Brighton. That means Hannah Choi would have been a Bengal.

    1. Wow, the ULA has written off the west side of town. Under this plan, the west side will never have programs. Is anyone really thinking that someone from Kearns is Driving to Skyline?
      Why not create something with Kearns, Hunter, Taylorsville and create something that is not there. Hire someone to create a program. Work with the schools in providing clinics. Throw some of the huge reserves in the ULA bank into growing the game out there.
      What about Viewmont? How did they not move up, when traditionally, they are a strong team with a deep program. They have several JV teams and youth programs. Interesting how things work out there. Viewmont, how will you not win State with this amazing gift you have been given?
      Someone does not see the whole picture.

      1. I think this was pretty well thought out, just from a different point of view. On Viewmont, I think Jenks hit it on the head in the reply above. As for sending the west-side girls around town, I believe the thinking was to try and put some of these girls in established (and successful) programs and have them progress in the game that way. Nothing gets kids more excited to learn and excel at the game than playing with the best players, having good coaches, and winning a few games. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them combine the programs as you suggest down the road, but I am guessing this was thought of as a way to grow the talent and interest more effectively in the short-term. Fingers crossed for these girls.

  2. I believe their reasonings behind some of their boundary decisions were based on trying to equal everything out. i.e. why send girls to Bingham when they are already a power house and are every year. I don’t know for sure but that’s my thought. I know for a fact Viewmont didn’t move up due their lack of parent board. They are run by one person, I’m sure the committee looked at that and decided not to move that kind of a system up. Plus, they just lost their coaches to Brighton and are still coachless. Moving them up may be a mistake. I think Woods Cross has been given the gift here. My best is WX adds another state title this year.

  3. I believe their reasonings behind some of their boundary decisions were based on trying to equal everything out. i.e. why send girls to Bingham when they are already a power house and are every year. I don’t know for sure but that’s my thought. I know for a fact Viewmont didn’t move up due their lack of parent board. They are run by one person, I’m sure the committee looked at that and decided not to move that kind of a system up. Plus, they just lost their coaches to Brighton and are still coachless. Moving them up may be a mistake. I think Woods Cross has been given the gift here. My guess is WX adds another state title this year.

  4. Sheesh the D1 south conference looks terrible. Corner Canyon is going to come in and mop up and win the division. The north conference looks to be MUCH stronger. Park city, obviously, fully loaded Brighton and Jordan teams. Tie that all together with the always well coached Olympus team, and those will be your top four teams in the north and the state.

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