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February 6, 2014
TheOldCoach Class 5A Realignment Review
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THEOLDCOACH CLASS 5A REALIGNMENT RECAP
The first big surprise in Region I lies out in West Texas, where Abilene Cooper gets aligned into a five team district. Most anticipated Cooper heading east into a DFW district and Hereford sliding south, but the UIL kept the Herd in the panhandle and moved Cooper west. Eagle-Mountain Saginaw ISD moves into a tougher grouping with the Wichita Falls schools. The split of FWISD was interesting as four schools on the eastern side of the district moved north with Grapevine, Birdville and Lake Dallas (who was a surprise). An even bigger surprise has to be FWISD getting their own seven team district in 7-4A, no one saw that one coming and the schools in that district are very happy. Aledo leaves a FWISD district and moves into a more competitive setting in 8-4A.
Winners: Abilene Cooper, Fort Worth ISD, Grapevine, Aledo
Losers: White Settlement Brewer, Granbury, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
In a surprise move Frisco ISD's seven schools get placed in a nine team gauntlet with Little Elm and The Colony. That move threw a kink into several non-district schedules area wide. The district to the north of Frisco stayed relatively intact with the exception of Royse City moving out and McKinney moving in from 6A. The biggest winners in Region II may be Carrollton Smith and Carrollton Creekview who moved into the weaker of the two Dallas ISD districts and should have their way with those teams with the exception of Woodrow Wilson and Bryan Adams. South Garland as expected moves into an eastern Dallas County district and that should help the Colonels out a lot. In a couple of surprise moves that involve fringe DFW teams moving out to East Texas Greenville and Ennis join Corsicana in majority East Texas districts. Fire those buses up for some long road trips! In 14-4A the Mansfield ISD schools and Arlington Seguin join Red Oak, Lancaster and Waxahachie. Lufkin and Longview are two former 5A schools who are "dropping" and should be very strong.
Winners: McKinney, Carrollton Smith, Carrollton Creekview, Mansfield Timberview, Longview, Lufkin
Losers: Dallas ISD, Royse City, Greenville, Ennis, Corsicana
After spending the last two years in Region I, the Waco schools move into Region III which should bode for much tougher competition especially with Temple looming in district play. Bryan and A&M Consolidated "drop" to 5A also and should see their travel budgets reduced in a big way with local schools Bryan Rudder and College Station High joining them in 18-5A. Houston ISD drops to an eight team district after being a nine team loop the last two seasons. In a surprise move Barbers Hill and Dayton move into 21-5A, while the Baytown schools are in 22-5A. It's curious because Baytown schools drive through Barbers Hill and Dayton to get to district opponents in Beaumont. Fort Bend now has five schools in 5A and the big winners could be Bush and Elkins who were good teams in the state's top classification last alignment. Port Lavaca Calhoun moves to Region III after winning the Region IV crown a year ago.
Winners: Temple, Bryan, College Station A&M Consolidated, Fort Bend Bush, Fort Bend Elkins, Lamar Consolidated ISD
Losers: Waco, Waco University, Livingston, Galveston Ball, Port Lavaca Calhoun
Not much changes at the top of Region IV, the big move is the two Bastrop schools moving to a much more competitive situation with the Austin ISD schools. San Marcos moves down from old 5A and should be able to compete for a playoff spot in the new 27-5A. All of 28-5A wins with the departure of Brennan to 6A, most notably Brackenridge. Sam Houston moves up from 3A but should be able to compete better with other inner city San Antonio schools. Eagle Pass Winn stays in 5A and now doesn't have to deal with much larger schools in United ISD, Somerset moves up from 3A but should be more than competitive in the new 29-5A. The coastal bend loses a district as the Rio Grande Valley adds one, but the Corpus schools no longer have to travel to Laredo.
Winners: Bastrop, Bastrop Cedar Creek, San Marcos, San Antonio Brackenridge, Eagle Pass Winn, Somerset, Medina Valley, Mission Sharyland, Edinburg Vela, Donna, PSJA
Losers: Marble Falls, District 30-5A, Rio Grande City, Edcouch-Elsa