SALT LAKE CITY - After hearing from dozens of schools, the Utah High School Activities Associate accepted the input on Tuesday afternoon and has now released its latest realignment proposal, along with the regions each school would be in for the 2017-18 season.

The UHSAA will be adding a classification (6A) for the largest schools. Several Utah County schools were considered bubble schools between 6A-4A and now those schools got to see what the regions they would be in if the tentative proposal is finalized.

Orem High School was not a bubble school, but based on enrollment numbers seemed like a lock to play 4A.

However, Orem Principal Mike Browning addressed the board and expressed the school’s desire to be in a region consisting of Utah County teams. In order to avoid extensive travel, the school would have been willing to move up a classification to 5A.

But under the latest proposal Orem would be in 4A participating in Region 11 along with Lehi, Mountain View, Orem, Uintah, Spanish Fork, Salem Hills and Payson.

“We will have some travel with Uintah in our region but I think that’s something we can work out,” Browning said. “The original realignment didn’t have us together with other Utah County schools. I think the board did a good job and this looks good to me.”

Region 11 would also accommodate Lehi’s request to be in 4A and Spanish Fork’s request to be in the same region as Salem Hills and Payson.

Timpview was considered to bubble school between 6A and 5A. It requested to stay 5A and got its wish, but perhaps not the best outcome to that wish. The T’Birds have no Valley schools in their region after being placed in Region 7 with Cottonwood, Brighton, Jordan, Alta and Corner Canyon.

The realignment committee has four Utah County teams targeted to move up from 5A to 6A.  Region 4 includes Lone Peak, American Fork, Westlake, Pleasant Grove and Bingham.

In 5A, Region 8 includes Timpanogos, Provo, Springville, Maple Mountain, Wasatch and Skyridge.

Provo could make a case to be moved down from 5A to 4A, considering Payson was not on the bubble but was moved down from 5A to 4A.

East asked to participate in 6A for football only and to be 5A in all other sports.

The UHSAA isn’t done yet. There will be a public hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Jordan High School and following that hearing, the regions and classifications will be finalized on Dec. 8.

Daily Herald sports writer Neil K. Warner can be reached at nwarner@heraldextra.com.

Twitter: @theGreatZuke

Neil K. Warner has been a sports writer for 25 years. He is the author of four books and is also known as the Great Zuke. He primarily covers Preps, Utah Valley University and BYU.

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