UIL Realignment & Reclassification Causes Area H.S. Sports Changes
Several Area Teams Face Major District Changes
VICTORIA, Texas- The UIL’s Realignment & Reclassification, happening Monday morning and affecting every area public high school sports team.
I was at the Region Three Education Service Center in Victoria when the packets were handed out to coaches and administrators throughout the area. They were there to find out what districts their schools would play in for the next two years. One part of the suspense of this process was taken out last November, when the UIL announced which high schools would be dropping classification. That’s when area high schools like Calhoun, Bloomington, Ganado and Yorktown got the word they were moving down. On this day, they would find out their new districts. Let’s go piece by piece to show you the area changes.
In 5A, East and West are still in 15-5A, Division I, and they still share that district with Corpus Christi schools like Flour Bluff, Carroll, Veterans Memorial, King, Moody and Ray. But Miller drops down and the Buccaneers are replaced by Gregory-Portland.
Said Warrior football head coach Courtney Boyce, “We’ll just continue to renew rivalries from Victoria’s history and the past few years.”
Said Titan football head coach Roland Gonzalez, “Consistency is good for us right now. We’re familiar with the Corpus area. Us being able to go back down there will be good for us for travel as well as familiarity with the teams that we’re playing.”
In 4A, El Campo stays in Division I, but moves from district 13 to district 12, putting the Ricebirds in Region III. El Campo stays district rivals with Bay City, Brazosport, Needville, Stafford and West Columbia in a six-team district.
Calhoun, now in 4A, is put in Division I district 15 with Alice, Beeville, Calallen, Tuloso-Midway, and Miller, also moving down to 5A. Calallen and Tuloso-Midway were district opponents of the Sandcrabs the past two seasons.
Said Calhoun AD Richard Whitaker, “The biggest thing was being in a six-team district and trying to find pre-season games. When your neighboring schools won’t play you it just made it tough on us. We tried to play Victoria and Rockport. Those guys don’t want to play. That made it tough on us.”
In 4A Division II, Cuero stays in district 13, but the Gobblers have a total change in their district opponents. The Mean Green now will face Giddings, Gonzales, La Grange, Navasota and Smithville.
Major area changes in 3A, Division I. One of the toughest football districts, district 14, in the state gets divided. Hallettsville and Yoakum, now put in district 12 along with Boling, Columbus, Hempstead and Hitchcock. That is a Region III district.
The new district 15-3A, Division I, includes area high schools Edna, Goliad, Palacios and Industrial, along with Corpus Christi area schools Aransas Pass, Mathis, and Orange Grove.
Said Hallettsville AD Tommy Psencik, “Yoakum’s right on the verge of 4A. Other than that everybody we’re pretty familiar with.”
Said Edna AD Jimmie Mitchell, “It’s pretty big. Just from the little I know of the history here. But we’re going pretty deep south. ”
Said Industrial AD Jamie Dixon, “We’re heading south. Our district got cut in half and it’s a big change. I was talking to them at Industrial and they don’t think we’ve ever gone south in a district. It’s a big change.”
Tidehaven remains in 14-3A, Division II, along with Rice Consolidated, Danbury, East Bernard, Van Vleck and Brazos.
Bloomington drops and is put in 15-2A, Division I, with reigning state 2A Division I football champion Refugio, along with Freer, Kenedy and Three Rivers.
Ganado drops and is put in 13-2A, Division I, along with Shiner, the third highest scoring football team in the state last season. Flatonia, Schulenburg and Weimar round out that new district.
Said Bloomington AD Chris Horn, “Going down a size should help us a little bit. Going to a five team district instead of a seven team district will give us a better shot of getting in the playoffs.”
Said Ganado AD Brent Bennett, “Dropping from 3A to 2A, it’s all the same. It doesn’t bother us where we go, where the UIL puts us. ”
Said Refugio AD Jason Herring, “It’s a pretty big change but I’m happy. We have a good district. I thought it was going to change a little bit. ”
Said Shiner AD Daniel Boedeker, “It’s a smaller district than we’ve anticipated. Now we’re in the scramble for pre-district games to try to fill some holes that we have. But it’ll all work out. ”
Yorktown drops and is put in 16-2A, Division II, joining Louise in a seven-team district that includes Agua Dulce, Falls City, Pettus, Woodsboro and Runge.