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Timpview students hold up their school flag during a game between the Provo Bulldogs and the Timpview Thunderbirds held Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at Provo High School. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

For the last two-year reclassification, Timpview High School has felt a little out of place when region competition rolled around.

Instead of competing against neighbors, the Thunderbirds have battled teams from the southern end of the Salt Lake Valley.

With that in mind, it’s not surprising how pleased Timpview is with the new 2019-21 Utah High School Activities Association realignment that was announced Thursday afternoon.

“This is where we wanted to be,” Thunderbird athletic director Mike Hunter said. “When they started going through the initial process, it looked like it was going to be good.”

The Thunderbirds will be back in Class 5A’s Region 7 with traditional rivals like Orem, Timpanogos and — in everything except football — Mountain View (the Bruins will compete on the gridiron in Class 4A’s Region 10).

Timpview’s league will also feature a pair of teams the T’Birds have gotten to know in their current league: Jordan and Alta.

“We are the ones in that league who probably know all of the schools the best,” Hunter said. “I think we are excited about it. We’re happy being more centralized.”

Rounding out Region 7 will be the new Jordan-area high school and Lehi.

Just about all of the area teams are in either Class 6A or Class 5A.

Class 6A’s Region 4 will not be the same as it was, although once again it will be filled with powerhouse teams, particularly in football.

The league holdovers (American Fork, Lone Peak, Pleasant Grove and Westlake) traded perennial favorite Bingham for Corner Canyon and Skyridge — the two teams who played for the 5A state football championship in 2018.

Class 5A’s Region 8 is basically a conglomeration of the 4A and 5A teams in the southern end of Utah Valley, bringing back together Maple Mountain, Payson, Provo, Salem Hills, Spanish Fork, Springville and Wasatch.

The only area teams in Class 4A will be the Bruins (in football only) and the new high school in Eagle Mountain, Cedar Valley. Both will be in Region 10.

The local charter schools and small schools didn’t see much change.

American Leadership Academy and Maeser Prep will compete in Class 3A, Rockwell and Merit will be in Class 2A, while Telos and Tintic are set in Class 1A.

The new realignment will take effect starting in the fall of 2019 and go for the next two years.

For complete details, go to http://UHSAA.org.

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