The UIL announced its reclassification and realignment for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years this morning. The new alignments, established by enrollment figures submitted to the UIL by its member schools in October, will serve as football and basketball districts for the next two school years.
In Class 5A, Southlake Carroll joins the Keller schools, Justin Northwest, Coppell and Saginaw in District 7-5A. Mansfield Legacy moves up to 5A, joining Cedar Hill, Duncanville, South Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, Midlothian and Mansfield and Mansfield Timberview in District 5-5A.
In non-district games, the highlight appears to be 2009 4A state champions Aledo (Division II) and Austin Lake Travis (Division I) meeting in Week 2. The teams will play a home-and-home series.
Stephenville surprised by new district
The Stephenville Yellow Jackets will have quite a travel log for the next two years, going to District 8-4A with three Waco schools, Killeen and San Angelo Lake View.
“It’s certainly different than what we expected,” Stephenville coach Joseph Gillespie said. “The UIL never ceases to surprise me. But it’s going to be a great district and I think there will be a lot of good high school football throughout it.”
Staying at the 4A-level, though, seemed to be in question for Stephenville. Several thought the Yellow Jackets might drop to 3A, but, all along, Gillespie had a feeling his school would stay in 4A.
“My gut just kept telling me we’d stay,” he said. “It’s kind of like, don’t say what you want. But we’re excited about it.”
Stephenville opens the 2010 season against Aledo, the same team that knocked it out of the postseason last year.
Martin coach welcomes change
Arlington Martin coach Bob Wager comes into district realignment day with not a clue as to how it will all play out. It’s easier for him that way.
“Nothing surprises me anymore,” he said. “I try not to have any expectations because you never have an idea.”
Wager was surprised that District 4-5A will no longer include Mansfield and Mansfield Summit. But he was excited about the prospect of facing Fort Worth Paschal, North Crowley and Weatherford.
“You’ve got some natural rivalries in terms of the proximity,” he said. “It’s also nice to have some fresh faces in there. This is always a day that determines your fate for the next few years. We are excited about it.”
Martin will scrimmage Allen before it faces Plano West (Week 0), South Garland (Week 1) and Flower Mound (Week 2) in non-district.
Arlington schools reshuffled
District 4-5A said “goodbye” to Mansfield and Mansfield Summit and “hello” to Fort Worth Paschal, North Crowley and Weatherford on Monday during district re-alignments.
Arlington, Arlington Bowie, Arlington Sam Houston, Arlington Lamar and Arlington Martin stayed put. But they’ll have to travel further West for the next two years as opposed to a short commute to either Mansfield school.
“I am pleased that it’s an 8-team district,” Arlington coach Scott Peach said. “The excitement for us is that we’ve had some success playing out West. So we are excited about going back out there. The other thing is, proximity wise, it’s nice to have Weatherford, Paschal and North Crowley, places that are nearby. It’s going to be competitive. It always is with the Arlington schools in there.”
North Crowley first-year coach Keeath Magee was excited about the district his Panthers find themselves in. And he beefed up his non-district schedule to make sure they were adequately prepared. North Crowley will face Irving Nimitz, Richardson Berkner and Duncanville in weeks 0 through 2.
“It’s going to be exciting,” Magee said. “There are a lot of coordinators sweating right now.”
Eight teams a blessing
Arlington coach Scott Peach likes the idea of District 4-5A becoming an 8-team district, but will miss the opportunities of playing Mansfield and Mansfield Summit.
“The only shame to that is we had good relationships with them,” he said. “And they were close. I actually live right by the Mansfield ISD Stadium. We are still pleased with where we are headed.
“The other thing is these are the teams that we were facing in the early rounds of the playoffs. We faced North Crowley in the first round of the playoffs two years ago.”
Arlington will scrimmage South Grand Prairie before it begins the season against Plano East during Zero Week. The Colts will round out their non-district schedule with Coppell (Week 1) and Mansfield Timberview (Week 2).
Schedules coming together
Arlington: South Grand Prairie (scrimmage), Plano East (Week 0), Coppell (Week 1), Mansfield Timberview (Week 2).
Arlington Martin: Allen (scrimmage), Plano West (0), South Garland (1), Flower Mound (2).
Arlington Bowie: DeSoto (Week 1, Kirk Herbstreit Classic), Dallas Skyline (2).
Arlington Lamar: South Grand Prairie (0), Mansfield Timberview (1), Flower Mound Marcus (2).
Arlington Sam Houston: Crowley (0), Garland Sachse (1), Lake Dallas (2).
Fort Worth Paschal: Haltom (scrimmage), Birdville (0), Burleson (1), Azle (2).
North Crowley: Irving Nimitz (0), Richardson Berkner (1), Duncanville (2).
Weatherford: Haltom (0), Aledo (1), Burleson (2).
Alvarado: 0 Waco Robinson, 1 Springtown, 2 Prosper, 3 Off, 4 Bridgeport, 5 Waco Connally.
Castleberry: 0 Frisco Lonestar, 1 Kaufman, 2 Gainesville, 3 Venus, 4 Glen Rose.
Lake Worth: 0 Ferris, 1 Sanger, 2 Frisco Lonestar, 3 West, 4 Gainesville.
Polytechnic: 0 Whitney, 1 Dallas Pinkston, 2 Dallas Adamson, 3 Dallas Spruce, 4 Fort Worth Christian.
Diamond Hill-Jarvis: 1 North Dallas, 2 Dallas Sunset, 3 Dallas Jefferson, 4 Dallas Molina, 5 Mineral Wells.
Carter-Riverside: 0 North Dallas.
Cleburne: 0 Dallas Madison, 1 Frisco Centennial.
Nolan Catholic: 2 Joshua, 3 Haltom, 4 Byron Nelson.
New Azle coach excited for season
Devon Dorris had a pretty good run at Azle when he played in the mid 1990s, making the playoffs three consecutive seasons from 1992-94. Dorris hopes to return the Hornets to the postseason after officially took over the head coaching job on Monday.
“It’s great to be able to come back and coach in my hometown,” said Dorris, who spent the past three years as defensive coordinator at Saginaw Boswell. “I can’t promise victories but we’re going to work hard everyday. I know it sounds cliché, but that’s what it takes.”
Azle begins Dorris’ era with games against Joshua (Week 0), Fort Worth Arlington Heights (Week 1) and Fort Worth Paschal (Week 2).
New North Crowley coach pumped
New North Crowley football coach Keeath Magee will have a meet-and-greet Monday night at the school gymnasium to get to know prospective players, their parents and the community.
He'll also let them know his vision for the program, which will compete the next two seasons in District 4-5A, with the Arlington schools, Fort Worth Paschal and Weatherford.
“We feel like North Crowley can be one of the premier programs in the state,” said Magee, who added he’s fully confident he has the support of athletic director Charles Lincoln and the administration and the community.
“North Crowley has won a state championship, and we want to get back.”
Magee said his first order of business will be to instill a culture of strength and conditioning.
“Strength and conditioning has to be the backbone of what we do,” Magee said. “X’s and O’s are a big part, but having well-conditioned athletes who can go for 48 minutes is the key.”
Paschal, North Crowley, Weatherford go east The realignment of Fort Worth Paschal and North Crowley into District 4-5A with the Arlington schools caught Matt Cook off-guard.
Paschal and North Crowley join former District 3-5A friend Weatherford in the new District 4-5A with Arlington High, Bowie, Lamar and Martin and Sam Houston.
“I didn’t think we’d be thrown in with Arlington,” Cook said.
The territory won't be completely unfamiliar to the Panthers, though. Paschal played Arlington Sam Houston last season in nondistrict and old District 3-5A foes North Crowley and Weatherford.
“We’ll be anxious to see how we do against the big dogs,” said Cook, who added that he’s excited about the opportunity to compete against Eddy Peach of Arlington Lamar. “He’s a legend.”
North Crowley school athletic coordinator Tommy Brakel was equally surprised by the Panthers alignment.
“I didn’t see this coming,” said Brakel, who added there wasn’t one word of scuttlebutt about North Crowley being aligned with the Arlington schools.
District 7-5A pre-district skeds set
Here's a look at the predistrict schedules for the 7-5A teams
Southlake Carroll: Copperas Cove, L.D. Bell, Richardson Berkner
Keller: Irving, Mansfield, Plano East
Keller Central: Carrollton Smith, Saginaw Boswell, Lewisville
Keller Fossil Ridge: Mansfield Summit, Wichita Falls Rider, Carrollton Smith
Justin Northwest: Carrollton Creekview, Allen, Midlothian
New number, same district
This year’s District 6-4A will become next year’s 5-4A, for the most part. The district added the two new area schools, Keller Timber Creek and Trophy Club Byron Nelson, as Saginaw headed to 5A and Mineral Wells dropped to 3A.
“It’s pretty much the same deal,” Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said. “The big difference will be in the playoffs because we’ll go against the Fort Worth schools instead of the Denton schools.”
Said White Settlement Brewer coach Paul Sharr: “I think it’s a good district. Aledo is of course the team to beat still, but I think it’s going to be very competitive. I’m excited about it.”
District 6-5A predistricts set A 9-team District 6-5A means only 2 non-district opponents for the local squads.Trinity: Tyler Lee, Shiloh Christian (Ark.)
L.D. Bell: Mansfield Legacy, Southlake Carroll
Colleyville Heritage: Duncanville, Lewisville Hebron
Grapevine: Midlothian, Flower Mound Marcus
4A state champs meet in Week 2
Aledo (Division II) and Austin Lake Travis (Division I) will play in Week 2. Also on Aledo’s schedule: Stephenville and Weatherford.
“I’m trying to get it up here for the first year because we only have three non-district games this year,” Buchanan said.
Buchanan said the teams agreed to do it home-and-home because they didn’t want other venues to cash in anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000.
“That’d be stupid if we were going to let someone else make that money,” Buchanan said.
Timber Creek and Nelson set for pre-district
New schools Keller Timber Creek and Trophy Club Byron Nelson are set for this first varsity seasons.
Here's their first opponents: Timber Creek: Fort Worth North Side, Dallas Jefferson, North Forney
Byron Nelson: Fort Worth Wyatt, Granbury, Wylie East
Polytechnic moves to 3A
The Polytechnic Parrots will play in district 12-3A next season along with Carrollton Ranchview, Dallas Madison, Dallas Roosevelt, Dallas Smith and Diamond-Hill Jarvis.
Othell Robinson said this change might be good for his team.
"Hopefully playing with teams with similar numbers will help us," Robinson said.
Poly will play Whitney, Pinkston, Adamson, Spruce and Fort Worth Christian in non-district play.
Saginaw ready for jump to 5A
The Saginaw Rough Riders have a new coach and a new district going into the 2010 season. The UIL didn’t do them any favors, either, putting them in District 7-5A with powerhouses Southlake Carroll and Coppell.
“We’re going to have to get our kids prepared for it,” Saginaw coach Mike Peters said. “We’ve been preparing for this jump and it’s not a surprise.”The Rough Riders start the season with non-district games against Granbury, Midlothian and Saginaw Boswell.
Summit in 7-4A
Now the district's lone 4A school, Mansfield Summit will be grouped in the new 7-4A with Seguin, Burleson, Cleburne, Crowley, Everman, Granbury and Joshua.
"I was anxious for this day to come. I wanted to see some change at Summit, because it's a different school from five years ago," said Summit football coach and athletic coordinator Travis Pride. "It's exciting for us, because there are some darn good teams. The competition won't drop off at all."
Mansfield schools head east
For the Mansfield schools, it wasn't that much of a shock that both Timberview and Legacy would move up. It was, however, a bit of a surprise to some that the schools move out east and will face the likes of Duncanville and Cedar Hill.
Mansfield, Timberview and Legacy are grouped together in the new 5-5A, along with Duncanville, Cedar Hill, Grand Prairie, Midlothian and South Grand Prairie.
"It doesn't really surprise me at all. In the 20 plus years we have been a 5A school district, we have been all over the place," said MISD athletic director Debbie Weems. "In the late 80s, we were with the two Grand Prairie schools, so that wasn't much of a stretch. You can't really think too much about all of it, because when you think the UIL could go one direction, they go the other."
Everman opens season against Highland Park
Everman will open the season against Highland Park in the Tom Landy Classic at SMU's Ford Field. That highlights the Bulldogs non-district schedule, which also includes a game against Fort Worth Southwest and an opponent to be determined.
"Highland Park called and asked if we were interested and I said, 'Not really,'" Everman coach Dale Keeling quipped. "But it'll be a good game and great test for us. It should be fun."
The last time the two met, Everman fell to Highland Park in the 2007 Class 4 state semifinals.
Diamond-Hill should move to Dallas
The Eagles move from district 11-3A to district 12-3A and will face a total of seven Dallas schools next season.
Joining them in 12-3A is Dallas Madison , Dallas Roosevelt, Dallas Smith, Polytechnic and Carrollton Ranchview. In non-district play, DHJ will play N. Dallas, Dallas Sunset, Dallas Jefferson, Dallas Molina and Mineral Wells.
"I might as well move to Dallas," Jarvis coach Rob Abernathie said. "This will be a competitive, challenging district."
The UIL dooms the best laid plans for Keller
Keller planned to play L.D. Bell in week 2. However, when the Blue Raiders were placed in the 9-team District 6-5A it mean L.D. Bell, through no fault of their own had to back out of a Week 2 tilt with the Indians. Keller coach Kevin Atkinson is now stuck trying to find an opponent to fill the hole.
Cleburne gets closer to home
The Yellow Jackets don't know their non-district schedule right now, but coach Phil Young is very happy with his place in 7-4A.
Cleburne will face Arlington Seguin, Burleson, Crowley, Everman, Granbury, Joshua and Mansfield Summit.
"Logistically, this is better for us," Young said. I'm excited to play all of these teams and be closer to everyone in the district
Trinity lands in quirky 9-team district
The defending state champion Trinity Trojans find themselves in an odd 9- team district in 6-5A.
"Golly, its been a long time since we played Haltom and Richland so we're excited about that rivalry coming back," Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver said.
The Trojans fall in with Colleyville Heritage, Grapevine, Haltom, Richland, L.D. Bell, Irving, Irving MacArthur and Irving Nimitz.
Trinity will play Tyler Lee in 0 week and Shiloh Christian (Ark.) in week 1.
Carroll happy to be in 8-team district
Dragons coach Hal Wasson said he was pleased to be in an 8-team district again because it made scheduling easier.
Carroll will take on Copperas Cove in 0 week at a site TBA. Followed by Hurst L.D. Bell and Richardson Berkner in weeks 1 and 2.
FW schools going round robin
No more zones in Fort Worth football. The 10 teams in the newly announced District 6-4A will play a round-robin schedule next season, not split into two zones of five teams as they have the previous four seasons. The move means the 10 teams -- all Fort Worth ISD schools -- have nine games lined up, so they only need to find one pre-district game. Also, Fort Worth officials said it will restore some old rivalries.
"Dunbar and Wyatt hadn't played in a while," Fort Worth schools athletic director Herb Stephens said. "Plus it cuts back a little on travel."
Here are the non-district games for each Fort Worth ISD school in the 10-team league: Eastern Hills will play Dallas Wilson, Southwest will get Everman, Arlington Heights has Azle, North Side plays Keller Timber Creek, Dunbar lined up Dallas South Oak Cliff, Wyatt got Dallas Lincoln, Western Hills got White Settlement Brewer and Carter-Riverside has North Dallas. South Hills and Trimble Tech had not confirmed their opponents.
Here are the full 5A, and area-related 4A and 3A districts:
El Paso Americas
El Paso Bel Air
El Paso Coronado
El Paso Eastwood
El Paso El Dorado
El Paso Franklin
El Paso Hanks
El Paso Montwood
El Paso Socorro
San Angelo Central +
Ft Worth Paschal
South Grand Prairie
Haltom City Haltom
N Richland Hills
Keller Fossil Ridge
Lewisville Flower Mound
Garland Lakeview Cent
Garland Naaman Forest
College Station A&M
Killeen Harker Heights
Conroe Oak Ridge
Conroe The Woodlands
Round Rock McNeil
Round Rock Stony Pt.
Round Rock Westwood
Houston Cyp. Creek
Houston Cyp. Fair
Houston Cyp. Falls
Houston Cyp. Lakes
Houston Cyp. Ranch
Houston Cyp. Ridge
Houston Cyp. Springs
Houston Cyp. Woods
Houston Jersey Village
Houston Langham Crk
Houston Strake Jesuit
Katy Cinco Ranch
Katy Mayde Creek
Katy Morton Ranch
Katy Seven Lakes
Houston Math Science & Tech
Beaumont West Brook
Galena Park North Shore
Port Arthur Memorial
Pasadena South Houston
Fort Bend Austin
Fort Bend Bush
Fort Bend Clements
Fort Bend Dulles
Fort Bend Elkins
Fort Bend Hightower
Fort Bend Kempner
Fort Bend Marshall
Fort Bend Travis
Fort Bend Willowridge
Frndswd Clear Brook
Houston Clear Lake
LC Clear Creek
LC Clear Springs
San Antonio Wagner
San Antonio Churchill
San Antonio Johnson
San Antonio Lee
San Antonio MacArthur
San Antonio Madison
San Antonio Reagan
San Antonio Roosevelt
Corpus Christi Carroll
Corpus Christi King
San Antonio E. Central
San Antonio Highlands
San Antonio Southwest
South San Antonio
Eagle Pass Winn
Laredo United South
La Joya Palmview
Fort Worth Boswell
Keller Timber Creek
North Richland Hills Birdville
White Settlement Brewer
Fort Worth Arlington Heights
Fort Worth Carter-Riverside
Fort Worth Dunbar
Fort Worth Eastern Hills
Fort Worth North Side
Fort Worth South Hills
Fort Worth Southwest
Fort Worth Trimble Tech
Fort Worth Western Hills
Fort Worth Wyatt
San Angelo Lake View
Fort Worth Castleberry
Fort Worth Polytechnic
Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis
Tobias Xavier-Lopez, Drew Davison, Paul Wessels, William Wilkerson and Brian Hernalsteen contributed to this report.