Does Parker with 520 kids belong playing Kingman with 2050? Or Lake Havasu with almost 2000? Consider that for a moment. Consider that the AIA placed Kingman in D-4 and denied Parker's appeal to move to D-5.This is the AIA's version of "social justice." Parker is a reservation school and has incredible socioeconomic disadvantages. Sure, they have been able to compete at times, but they do not belong in the same Division as Kingman or Havasu. No way no how.
Keep in mind that Parker will play against Kingman because they will be in the same section, but Parker will not play against Wickenburg (who they beat this season) because Wickenburg is in D-3. Wickenburg's enrollment 650. Parker's 522. Rivalry going back several decades. Because the AIA's "formula" says Wickenburg is a more competitive team than both of these schools and belongs in D-3 and it is preferable for Parker to play Kingman than play Wickenburg.
Round Valley and Parker have very similar enrollment numbers (430 versus 522). By "very similar" I mean that 430 compared to 522 is slightly more similar than 522 versus 2050. I am no PhD candidate with a special formula, but I think they are similar. RV petitioned down to play in D-5 and was granted, yet Parker petitioned down and was denied. I would be hard pressed to look at Round Valley's program that played for the state title in 2013 in D-V; has made the postseason the last four years in D-V; made the quarterfinals in 2008, 2009 and 2010 in 3A; and was in the semis in 2007. That is eight straight trips to the postseason, a trip to the title game, a trip to the semis, and made at least the quarterfinals every year but one the last eight.
Why was Round Valley granted their appeal down but Parker denied?