DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Xavier to join ranks of the Premier Region

The Arizona Interscholastic Association’s divisions and regions seem to change every couple of years, due to the ebb and flow of attendance across the state.
The organization has made some adjustments for 2016-17 and at least one year after that, some of which will affect the athletes at Xavier Prep.
Xavier and brother school Brophy Prep (they are considered as one school) will be members of the new 6A conference Premier Region, which will be used in all of the team sports. All of the schools will remain under the Division I umbrella for individual sports such swimming and diving, golf, tennis and cross country, etc.
The Premier Region will feature Xavier/Brophy and all of the schools in the Chandler district – Chandler Basha, Chandler Hamilton, Chandler High and Perry, which is in Gilbert but is a Chandler school. Xavier previously was in a region consisting primarily of Mesa schools.
“We have no objection to the placement,’’ said XCP athletic director Sr. Lynn Winsor. “We are the only 6A conference-region with five schools. All the rest are larger.
“In many sports, the Chandler schools are the best, and when you add Xavier and Brophy to the region, we are a very competitive region. We believe that to get better, you must play the better teams and the Premier Region has really good teams.
“We (schools) voted to be called the Premier Region mainly because when you look at the number of state titles and runner-ups, the five schools in our region, as it is now set, it’s a lot of state titles. And Premier means top of the line or first class.’’
Schedules will be posted on the AIA Web site,, as they become available.

2016-17 conferences
Metro Region
Phoenix Alhambra
Phoenix Central
Laveen Cesar Chavez
Phoenix Maryvale
Phoenix North
Phoenix Trevor Browne

Desert Valley Region
Anthem Boulder Creek
Scottsdale Desert Mountain
Phoenix Horizon
Glendale Mountain Ridge
Phoenix Pinnacle
Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor
Southwest Region
Glendale Copper Canyon
Avondale La Joya
Goodyear Millennium
Surprise Valley Vista
Avondale Westview
East Valley Region
Mesa Dobson
Mesa Mountain View
Mesa Red Mountain
Mesa Skyline
Mesa Westwood
Southern Region
Yuma Cibola
Yuma Kofa
Tucson Rincon
Tucson Sunnyside
Premier Region
Chandler Basha
Phoenix Brophy Prep
Chandler Hamilton
Gilbert Perry
Central Region
Tempe Corona del Sol
Mesa Desert Ridge
Phoenix Desert Vista
Gilbert Highland
Phoenix Mountain Pointe

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