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February 10, 2014
TheOldCoach Class 4A Division I Realignment Review
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THEOLDCOACH CLASS 4A DIVISION I REALIGNMENT RECAP
Travel is going to be a big issue no matter how you slice it, but no where will those issues be more exposed than in the vastness that is West Texas. Andrews in 2-4A Division I draws the short straw with the travel as their closest district game is 277 miles away in Fabens, on the bright side the Mustangs will be a heavy favorite to win the district crown. Clint, who actually has a Division II enrollment decided to opt up due to travel concerns as they'd be the only Division II in the El Paso area. Snyder comes out a big loser as they barely miss the Division II cut off and get placed into a brutal district with Stephenville, Brownwood, Abilene Wylie and Big Spring. Instead of moving south and west Mineral Wells heads north into a manageable District 4-4A Division I where they should be able to compete for a playoff spot.
Winners: Lubbock Estacado, San Elizario, Mineral Wells
Losers: Andrews, Clint, Snyder
District 5-4A Division I One of the big surprises in Region II was Argyle and Sanger being separated from their traditional district foes to the north and placed in a district with Dallas ISD drop downs Carter and Pinkston. Paris and Paris North Lamar catch a break by heading west for this alignment for the most part with the exception of Liberty-Eylau, this should help North Lamar try to right their program which has struggled. Athens also catches a giant break by avoiding the gauntlet that is East Texas and playing in a district largely centered around Hwy 175. Staying in Region II and avoiding Region III is big as well.
Winners: Kennedale, Argyle, Paris North Lamar, Athens, Van
Losers: Wilmer-Hutchins, Quinlan Ford
The "District of Doom" moves into Region III and even though Gilmer moves down to Division II the district is still brutal with the addition of Palestine and Carthage. Carthage gets some closer district games which the Bulldogs will like after moving south mainly the past two years. The Golden Triangle gets a large seven team district highlighted by area powers Jasper, Silsbee and Little Cypress-Mauriceville who "drops" from 4A. Navasota has some long trips into Houston in store as they bunk in 11-4A Division I with fur Houston ISD schools. South of Houston features what looks to be a tough district with two drop downs in Bay City and Brazosport. Stafford, who had been with HISD will find the going much tougher in this new loop.
Winners: Carthage, Jasper, Bay City
Losers: Brownsboro, Palestine, Navasota, Needville, Stafford
In a bit of a surprise the Waco area schools move to Region IV and they had south into a district that has a southern edge in Burnet. This breaks the Bulldogs up with their long time rival Liberty Hill who moves south into a more San Antonio centric district. Beeville Jones drops down from the old 4A and should be more competitive but they are in a tough district with Gonzales, Pleasanton and LaVernia. The Rio Grande Vally gets a five team district with Kingsville being pushed south, longtime power Port Isabel is in Division II so look for Kingsville to be a heavy early favorite.
Winners: Waco LaVega, China Spring, Gonzales, Kingsville
Losers: Burnet, Liberty Hill, Beeville Jones