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5 things to watch when UIL releases its realignment

By MIKE FORMAN
Feb. 2, 2014 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 2, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.


Coaches and athletic directors from around the area will gather at the Region III Education Service Center on Monday to find out in what districts their respective teams will compete in the upcoming two years.

The UIL will release its biennial realignment for football and basketball districts for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

Some of the drama has been removed from the process.

The UIL released the cutoff numbers for each classification in December, and schools already know their classifications.

But the realignment packets will still go fast when they are opened at 9 a.m.

Following are five things to watch in the UIL realignment.

1. Adding a Class 6A

Essentially what the UIL did is move every classification up a number. Six-man will be Class 1A; Class 1A will be Class 2A; Class 2A will be Class 3A; Class 3A will be Class 4A; Class 4A will be Class 5A; and Class 5A will be Class 6A. For example, Calhoun, Victoria East and Victoria West will go from Class 4A to Class 5A.

2. Playoff format

Four teams will advance to the playoffs in classes 2A through 6A. Three teams will advance from Class 2A. Class 2A, 3A and 4A football districts will be divided into Division I (larger schools) and Division II (smaller schools), and the top three (2A) or four teams (3A, 4A) in each district will advance to the playoffs in their respective divisions. The top four teams in each district will advance to the playoffs in classes 5A and 6A. The two playoff teams in each district with the largest average daily attendance will enter the Division I bracket. The two playoff teams in each district with the smallest average daily attendance will enter the Division II bracket.

3. Shakeup for local teams?

Beeville has dropped a classification, meaning the makeup of District 30-4A will change. The UIL could elect to leave the remaining six teams - Calhoun, Victoria East, Victoria West, Calallen, Gregory-Portland and Tuloso-Midway - in the same district. The UIL could also move another team or teams into the district. Flour Bluff, the Corpus Christi school district teams and Alice are possibilities. The UIL could also bring in schools from the south side of San Antonio and create a district similar to the old Victoria Memorial district. Then, there's the doomsday scenario. The UIL could move Calhoun, East and West into Region III with the four Rosenberg/Richmond schools and Angleton.

4. Old rivalries,new rivalries

If Cuero and Yoakum want to continue their long-time rivalry with Gonzales, they'll have to do it in a non-district game. Gonzales will compete in Class 4A, Division I, and Yoakum and Cuero will compete in Class 4A, Division II. But the state's longest continuous rivalry between El Campo and Bay City could become a district game again. Bay City dropped to Class 4A, Division I and will return to the same classification with El Campo, which dropped a classification in 2012.

5. Something to watch

Refugio dominated its district the last two seasons. The Bobcats have dropped to Class 2A, Division I. But the level of competition Refugio faces will depend on its district. If the Bobcats go north with Schulenburg, Shiner, Ganado, Flatonia and Weimar, the competition will be stiffer. If Refugio goes south with Riviera, Ben Bolt, Corpus Christi London, La Villa and Santa Maria, it should dominate even more than it did in its previous district. Refugio set a state scoring record in 2011, which was broken last season by Aledo. Both schools heard complaints about running up the score but were competing in very weak districts. The UIL is aware of what has transpired. Whether it takes this into account remains to be seen.

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