Appeals by the Fort Worth school district to move undersized schools out of Class 6A — the largest in Texas — were denied by the UIL on Tuesday, and San Angelo Central will stay in a district with four Tarrant County teams for the next two football seasons.
The Feb. 1 UIL Realignment placed Fort Worth Trimble Tech and FW Young Men’s Leadership Academy — schools without attendance zones — in 6A with Fort Worth Paschal. The same thing happened to YMLA — which has 177 students — in the 2016 UIL realignment, but the Wildcats then were moved to all-FWISD District 7-5A.
Not this time.
YMLA, which made the 2017 playoffs, and Tech (1,699 students) stay in District 4-6A with Arlington High, Bowie, Sam Houston, Lamar, Martin, Paschal and North Crowley. Martin’s enrollment is 3,456.
“I’m just glad a decision has been made and we can move forward,” Bowie coach Danny DeArman said.
“We will abide by what the UIL has decided,” Sam Houston coach Anthony Criss added.
San Angelo Central was also denied by the UIL District Assignment Appeals Committee, which met Tuesday in Round Rock.
The Bobcats will stay in District 3-6A, with Hurst L.D. Bell, Euless Trinity, Haltom, Richland, Weatherford and Abilene High.
Round trip from Euless through Abilene to San Angelo and back, is 516 miles. According to Google maps, driving from Euless though Abilene to get to San Angelo takes 3 hours, 56 minutes, and it’s a distance of 258 miles.
San Angelo Central’s volleyball and basketball teams are also in the same district.
Also Tuesday, Everman was denied its appeal to move from 5-5A Division II in football, to 4-5A Division II.
AREA FOOTBALL DISTRICTS 2018-19
District 3: Abilene, Trinity, Haltom, Bell, Richland, San Angelo Central, Weatherford
District 4: Arlington, Bowie, Houston, Lamar, Martin, Paschal, Trimble Tech, YMLA, North Crowley
District 5: Guyer, Keller, Central, Fossil Ridge, Timber Creek, Eaton, Nelson, Carroll
District 7: Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Lake Ridge, Summit, South Grand Prairie, Waxahachie
CLASS 5A DIVISION I
District 3: Azle, Crowley, Arlington Heights, Boswell, South Hills, Chisholm Trail, Granbury, Saginaw, Brewer
District 4: Carrollton Creekview, Carrollton Smith, Carrollton Turner, Colleyville Heritage, Denton, Denton Ryan, Grapevine, Birdville
District 6: Dallas Adams, Highland Park, Dallas Samuell, Dallas Sunset, Dallas Wilson, Lancaster, Mansfield Legacy, Mansfield Timberview
CLASS 5A DIVISION II
District 4: Carter-Riverside, Eastern Hills, North Side, Polytechnic, Southwest, Wyatt, Northwest
District 5: Aledo, Arlington Seguin, Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Cleburne, Everman, Joshua, Midlothian, Waco University