The new conference alignments for the next two-year block has a long-distance addition for the 6A East Valley Region.
Tucson has been initially added to the six-member region when it was released Tuesday, but it isn’t official just yet so those long travel weekdays to the Old Pueblo are on hold and may never happen.
Mesa district athletic director Steve Hogen said Wednesday that it probably won’t happen at all if the votes go as expected.
It centers on 5A Conference accepting the petition from Camelback and Carl Hayden to move from 6A to 5A.
As of now, the 6A Metro and the 6A East Valley Region would both have seven teams in for the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 sports seasons. Odd numbered teams in a region can make for a logistical nightmare when it comes to scheduling.
Camelback and Carl Hayden are expected to be moved to the 5A Union, which would open a spot for Tucson to join the Metro for an even six teams along with keeping the East Valley at the usual six as well.
The 6A Conference has already voted and approved the petition down of the two schools. The 5A Conference is expected to do so as well considering the 5A Union only has four schools in the current set up.
It likely means East Valley athletes will not be doing homework on the team bus on the two-hour ride back from Tucson and the district will not have to foot the bill for the extra gas spent on sending countless teams down to the corner of 6th St. and Euclid Ave.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.