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Schools react to realignment

By Julie Garcia
Feb. 3, 2014 at 11:03 a.m.
Updated Feb. 2, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.

Victoria West head football coach Leonard McAngus peels off from the crowd to look over the 2014-16 district realignment. Victoria West and Victoria East  are together in   District 30-5A.

In a surprising move by the University Interscholastic League, Calhoun was realigned out of the district with Victoria's schools in football and basketball and placed in a six-team district composed of multiple Houston area schools.

Calhoun will be a part of District 24-5A with Angleton, Richmond Foster, Richmond George Ranch, Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated and Rosenberg Terry.

Calhoun football coach Richard Whitaker was shocked when he picked up his UIL realignment packet at the Region III Service Center on Monday morning.

"I cannot imagine with the proximity of the schools that they would break us up (Victoria and Port Lavaca)," Whitaker said. "(I figured) it would have been a given, as long as East and West were in the same classification as us, that we would be in the same district."

Calhoun made it to the Class 4A, Division II state semifinal round in 2013.

Being placed in a six-school district meant that Whitaker needed to schedule five non-district games Monday.

"The biggest concern now is trying to get the preseason games, with a six-team district and all the districts around us are a nine-team district, nobody is looking for games," Whitaker said.

Whitaker put together a non-district schedule to include games against Somerset, LaVernia, Corpus Christi Carroll, Cuero, Brazosport and a scrimmage against Flour Bluff.

Victoria East and West will be the bigger schools in a nine-team district, along with several Corpus Christi schools.

District 30-5A will include Alice, CC Calallen, CC Flour Bluff, CC Tuloso-Midway, CC Miller, CC Moody, Gregory-Portland, Victoria East and Victoria West.

"People talk about the alignment for three or four months to try and figure out what UIL is going to do," said Ralph Escalona, VISD athletic director. "You never know until 9 a.m. on this day."

By moving into a larger district, East and West will only play two non-district games. East will play San Antonio Kennedy and San Marcos, while West will play San Antonio Southwest and San Antonio McCollum.

"The one thing that surprised me was not where we went but the fact that there are nine teams in our district," said East coach Roland Gonzalez. "It's a large district - that means that every week is going to be important."

Most of the Crossroads-area schools will continue to be in Region IV, with the exception of Calhoun, Wharton, El Campo and Bay City, which are now in Region III.

With Calhoun's move out of their district, West coach Leonard McAngus admits to being a little happy.

"I'm kind of glad Calhoun is not in there with (West) to make it even tougher," McAngus said.

Playing fewer games is a concern for the Warriors coach. West went to the Class 4A, District 30-4A regional round in 2013.

"We're going to have less time to prepare for district, which is a big concern," McAngus said. "We're in a really tough district, with a lot of good teams."

The new teams Alice, Miller and Moody and Flour Bluff.

"We've watched film on some of them because they were playing opponents of ours," McAngus said. "I know they're a physical brand of football - it's going to be a challenge for us."

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