Every two years, people across the state frantically stare at maps and numbers and try to predict what classifications high schools fall in.
If you think about it for too long, there’s a strong chance aspirin will be needed.
Well the University Interscholastic League eliminated some of the drama this year when it announced the enrollment numbers for each classification, 6A to A (Class 5A was renamed 6A, 4A renamed 5A, and so on down to six-man).
While we still have to wait until February to see what districts schools will fall in, we do know what classifications our 10 area public schools will fall in.
With that being said, here are three things to look out for in the 2014-16 realignment.
1. Guyer and Ryan will be district rivals again
Guyer and Ryan haven’t played each other in football since 2009, when both teams were in District 5-4A. Guyer is trying to win back-to-back Class 4A state championships, something Ryan did in 2001 and 2002.
I expect the two schools to be in the same classification and same district at least until the district’s fourth high school opens. It’ll renew a fun city rivalry, regardless of how good the two teams are going to be next season.
2. There will be no Argyle-Gilmer V …
… Well, at least in the playoffs anyways. Gilmer’s enrollment on Snapshot Day was 685, the exact number for 4A Division II. The Buckeyes will be the largest 4A DII school in the state.
Meanwhile, Argyle is 13 students over the cutoff limit and will be in 4A Division I. Last Friday, the two teams met in 3A Division II playoffs for the fourth straight year (Argyle won and advanced to face Gladewater). We’ll lament the loss of one of the state’s best 3A/future 4A rivalries, and hope the two schools can continue playing each other in nondistrict.
3. Krum could avoid some of the big dogs
In its first two years in UIL district play, Krum has made the playoffs. Granted, this year the Bobcats were one of four teams to reach the playoffs out of a five-team district. But last season, Krum had a pretty good squad, but the Bobcats ended up facing Celina in the first round of the playoffs.
There’s a good chance Krum and Celina could end up in the same 4A-DII district, which means if Krum made the playoffs, it wouldn’t face Celina early on. Krum definitely will avoid Argyle, the team that knocked Krum out of this year’s playoffs.
Krum head coach Gary Robinson asked me what district he could end up in, and I didn’t even bother trying to guess.
The same could be said for the rest of our districts. I’ll leave it up to the realignment experts to figure that stuff out.