Victoria West would drop to Class 5A, Division II in the cutoff numbers for realignment and reclassification announced by the UIL on Tuesday.
But VISD athletic director Bobby Jack Wright said the school would opt up to remain a Division I school when the UIL announces districts in February.
The cutoff for Division I was 1,900 and West turned in an average daily attendance (ADA) of 1,852 in October. Victoria East turned in an ADA of 1,965.
“You’re talking about 40 kids,” Wright said of West. “That’s why we’re going to opt up. It wouldn’t make good sense for us to split.”
Victoria West head football coach Courtney Boyce will go along with the school district’s decision.
“We’ll play in any district they put us,” Boyce said.
The six Corpus Christi ISD schools will remain in Class 5A, Division I, although Corpus Christi Flour Bluff will drop to Division II.
“It looks to me keep it the same,” Wright said of the district. “It just makes sense to keep it an eight-team instead of a nine-team district. Obviously, they could throw somebody else in there, but I don’t know why they would.”
Calhoun, Corpus Christi Calallen and Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway dropped from Class 5A, Division II to Class 4A, Division I.
“We were talking about that over the holiday with coaches,” Calhoun athletic director and head football coach Richard Whitaker said of the move to Class 4A. “We had five kids never come off the field in that last playoff game. We’ve been playing with 4A numbers for the last couple of years.”
El Campo remained Class 4A, Division I, but Gonzales dropped to Class 4A, Division II.
“I tell you what, Region IV is going to be hard to piece together,” said El Campo athletic director and head football coach Wayne Condra. “We’re happy to be in 4A and we’ll see where the districts line out for the next couple of years.”
Karnes City and Rice Consolidated dropped from Class 3A, Division I to Division II.
Bloomington, Ganado and Schulenburg dropped from Class 3A, Division II to Class 2A, Division I. Shiner remained in Class 2A, Division I and Flatonia moved up from Division II to Division I.
Bloomington turned in 229 and the cutoff for Class 3A was 230.
“Ganado is going to be 2A, Shiner is going to be 2A, Flatonia is going to be 2A and all of those could be in our district,” said Bloomington athletic director and head football coach Chris Horn. “Every other sport it helps out for sure.”
Ganado athletic director and head football coach Brent Bennett was busy preparing for Friday’s playoff game against East Bernard, and took the news of dropping to Class 2A in stride.
“It doesn’t bother me where we play,” Bennett said. “I don’t much about those programs. What I do know is they’re historically good.”
Yorktown dropped from Class 2A, Division I to Division II.
Industrial and Hallettsville will remain in Class 3A, Division I after turning in an ADA of 351. The cutoff was 350.
“We’ll be the smallest or one of the smallest,” said Industrial athletic director and head football coach Jamie Dixon. “We’ve been dealing with it since I’ve been at Industrial. I don’t mean this in a bad way, but it’s an uphill battle. You have two choices – you can cry about it or buckle up and let’s go.”
“You never get used to it,” added Hallettsville athletic director and head football coach Tommy Psencik. “You don’t ever get used to playing 30 on the varsity, if we’re lucky. A normal year would be 28 kids. It’s tough when you’re the smallest school.”