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UIL announces its new realignments

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:

5A

District 1

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

District 2

Amarillo

Amarillo Tascosa

Lubbock

Lubbock Coronado

Lubbock Monterey

San Angelo Central +

District 3

Abilene

Abilene Cooper

Midland

Midland Lee

Odessa

Odessa Permian

District 4

Arlington

Arlington Bowie

Arlington Houston

Arlington Lamar

Arlington Martin

Ft Worth Paschal

North Crowley

Weatherford

District 5

Cedar Hill

Duncanville

Grand Prairie

Mansfield

Mansfield Legacy

Mansfield Timberview

Midlothian

South Grand Prairie

District 6

Colleyville Heritage

Euless Trinity

Grapevine

Haltom City Haltom

Hurst Bell

Irving

Irving MacArthur

Irving Nimitz

N Richland Hills

Richland

District 7

Coppell

Denton Guyer

Keller

Keller Central

Keller Fossil Ridge

Northwest

Saginaw

Southlake Carroll

District 8

Allen

Lewisville

Lewisville Flower Mound

Lewisville Hebron

Lewisville Marcus

Plano

Plano East

Plano West

District 9

Dallas Jesuit

Dallas Samuell

Dallas Skyline

Dallas Sunset

Dallas White

Richardson

Richardson Berkner

Richardson Lake

Highlands

District 10

Garland

Garland Lakeview Cent

Garland Naaman Forest

Garland Rowlett

Garland Sachse

McKinney Boyd

North Garland

South Garland

District 11

De Soto

Longview

Mesquite

Mesquite Horn

North Mesquite

Tyler Lee

District 12

Belton

Bryan

College Station A&M

Cons

Copperas Cove

Killeen Ellison

Killeen Harker Heights

Killeen Shoemaker

Temple

District 13

Klein

Klein Collins

Klein Forest

Klein Oak

Spring

Spring DeKaney

Spring Westfield

Tomball

District 14

Conroe

Conroe Oak Ridge

Conroe The Woodlands

Conroe Woodlands

College Park

Humble Atascocita

Humble Kingwood

Lufkin

District 15

Austin

Austin Akins

Austin Anderson

Austin Bowie

Austin Westlake

Del Valle

District 16

Georgetown

Leander

Pflugerville

Round Rock

Round Rock McNeil

Round Rock Stony Pt.

Round Rock Westwood

District 17

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

District 18

Alief Elsik

Alief Hastings

Alief Taylor

Houston Aldine

Houston Eisenhower

Houston MacArthur

Houston Nimitz

District 19

Houston Memorial

Houston Strake Jesuit

Katy

Katy Cinco Ranch

Katy Mayde Creek

Katy Morton Ranch

Katy Seven Lakes

Katy Taylor

District 20

Houston Bellaire

Houston Chavez

Houston Lamar

Houston Madison

Houston Math Science & Tech

Houston Milby

Houston Westbury

Houston Westside

District 21

Baytown Sterling

Beaumont West Brook

Channelview

Galena Park North Shore

La Porte

Port Arthur Memorial

District 22

Deer Park

Pasadena

Pasadena Dobie

Pasadena Memorial

Pasadena Rayburn

Pasadena South Houston

District 23

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

District 24

Alvin

Clute Brazoswood

Dickinson

Frndswd Clear Brook

Houston Clear Lake

LC Clear Creek

LC Clear Springs

Pearland

District 25

Cibolo Steele

Converse Judson

New Braunfels

San Antonio Wagner

San Marcos

Seguin

District 26

San Antonio Churchill

San Antonio Johnson

San Antonio Lee

San Antonio MacArthur

San Antonio Madison

San Antonio Reagan

San Antonio Roosevelt

District 27

Northside Brandeis

Northside Clark

Northside Holmes

Northside Jay

Northside Marshall

Northside O'Connor

Northside Stevens

Northside Taft

Northside Warren

District 28

Corpus Christi Carroll

Corpus Christi King

San Antonio E. Central

San Antonio Highlands

San Antonio Southwest

South San Antonio

District 29

Del Rio

Eagle Pass

Eagle Pass Winn

Laredo Alexander

Laredo Cigarroa

Laredo Johnson

Laredo Martin

Laredo Nixon

Laredo United

Laredo United South

District 30

Donna

La Joya

La Joya Palmview

McAllen

McAllen Memorial

McAllen Rowe

Mission

Mission Sharyland

District 31

Edinburg

Edinburg Economedes

Edinburg North

Harlingen

Harlingen South

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo

PSJA Memorial

PSJA North

District 32

Brownsville Hanna

Brownsville Lopez

Brownsville Pace

Brownsville Porter

Brownsville Rivera

Los Fresnos

San Benito

Weslaco

4A

District 5

Aledo

Azle

Fort Worth Boswell

Keller Timber Creek

North Richland Hills Birdville

Northwest Nelson

Springtown

White Settlement Brewer

District 6

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

District 7

Arlington Seguin

Burleson

Cleburne

Crowley

Everman

Granbury

Joshua

Mansfield Summit

District 8

Killeen

San Angelo Lake View

Stephenville

Waco

Waco Midway

Waco University

3A

District 7

Bridgeport

Decatur

Fort Worth Castleberry

Lake Worth

Mineral Wells

District 8

Alvarado

Glen Rose

Hillsboro

Kennedale

Venus

West

District 12

Fort Worth Polytechnic

Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis

Carrollton Ranchview

Dallas Madison

Dallas Roosevelt

Dallas Smith

Tobias Xavier-Lopez, Drew Davison, Paul Wessels, William Wilkerson and Brian Hernalsteen contributed to this report.

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