Three things to take away from the UIL’s new realignment numbers

Krum and Argyle, seen here playing in this year's Class 3A Division II bi-district round, will not play each other in the playoffs next year after the two schools ended up in different Class 4A divisions. (David Minton/DRC)

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.

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Weekend Recap: The first cut

Argyle kicker Cole Hedlund set the national record for most career field goals made as the No. 1 Eagles advanced in the Class 3A Division II playoffs. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

The first round of the high school football playoffs turned out as expected, with the exception of a couple of contests.

Argyle and Guyer look like legitimate contenders to reach the state championship game, while Ryan’s defense did just enough to help the Raiders advance to a big showdown against Waco Midway this week. Sanger and Pilot Point both dropped close contests, while Krum had the unfortunate task of playing Argyle in the first round.

You know the drill. Adam Boedeker and I look back at the initial slate of playoff games and look at what’s ahead in the second round.

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Weekend Recap: Denton ISD, Sanger roll

Ryan senior running back Tyrone Williams scored two touchdowns in Ryan's 33-0 win over Lewisville on Friday night. Ryan, Denton and Guyer all won their respective games last week. (Al Key/Denton Record-Chronicle)

 

It’s no longer an anomaly when the three Denton ISD schools win on the same weekend.
Ryan, Denton and Guyer each came up with big victories in last week’s action, with Guyer’s win over Rider the game that was mostly in question for much of the night.

In area play, Sanger is making everybody forget about last season’s winless campaign and continued to roll with a win over Krum, while Lake Dallas’ 11-year playoff streak was snapped.

If you missed any or all of it, don’t fret. Adam Boedeker and I look back at last week’s area action.

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Weekend recap: Pilot Point almost statebound

Pilot Point pitcher Skylar Cagle, seen here against Ponder, pitched her third no-hitter of the year in Game 1 of Pilot Point's series win against Commerce. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

At the start of the weekend, two area baseball teams and two area softball teams were still in the hunt to reach the state tournament.

At the end of the weekend, Pilot Point’s softball team was the lone team still clinging to state tournament aspirations.

Pilot Point is one of eight teams left in the Class 2A playoffs after the Lady Cats swept Commerce in the 2A regional semifinals. Sanger’s softball team was eliminated by Van, while Krum and Argyle’s teams got knocked out of the 3A baseball playoffs.

Let’s recap the weekend.

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Ty Damron — 17 Ks, 0 hits, 1 amazing game

Damron strikes out 17

Krum's Ty Damron fanned 17 batters and pitched a no-hitter against Celina last night . Krum won 11-0 and advanced to the area round of the playoffs. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Can we just talk about what happened last night?

No, I’m not referencing what happened on American Idol  or Grey’s Anatomy (if people still watch those shows).

Last night in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs, Krum lefty pitcher Ty Damron struck out 17 batters and pitched an abbreviated no-hitter in a 11-0 victory over Celina.

Since Krum scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning and the Bobcats were leading by more than 10 runs, the game was called after the sixth, so Damron didn’t  get to pitch all seven innings.

But let’s dwell on this for a little bit.

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DRC Power Rankings: Week 2

Argyle quarterback Brandon Boyzuick (3) and the Eagles rebounded from a loss to Abilene Wylie in Zero Week and hold the No.1 spot in this week's power rankings. ((Kelley Chinn/Special Contributor))

For the first time in what has to be a long, long time, Ryan, Guyer and Lake Dallas all lost in the same week. Those three teams were in the top three spots in the power rankings last week. But since they all lost and Argyle completely dominated Fort Worth Nolan, the Eagles claimed the No.1 spot for this week.

Ranking (previous week’s ranking)

1. Argyle (4). Last week: d. Fort Worth Nolan, 28-7

Argyle bumps up to No.1 because the Eagles looked pretty impressive against the defending TAAPS Division I state champions. And Ian Sadler didn’t look like he was coming off of ACL surgery. He looked like a kid who gave Nolan fits and scored a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown and a punt return touchdown.  Argyle faces Paris, the defending District 15-3A champs, this week.

2. Ryan (1). Last week: lost to Wichita Falls Rider, 21-15.

Ryan probably should have won that game against Rider last week, but Ryan didn’t and doesn’t drop too far in the “rankings” because Guyer and Lake Dallas got throttled by two really good teams. Since Ryan’s not as talented as it has been in years past, the first two games have been really exciting. I’m still waiting to see how Ryan does against 5A competition. I’ll be waiting until Sept. 28 when Ryan plays McKinney.

 3. Guyer (2). Last week: lost to Colleyville Heritage, 54-38.

Well, it looks like my alma mater is doing what it does best – winning in the regular season before losing in the first round of the playoffs. In a battle of future Red River rivals, Oklahoma-bound  Heritage QB Cody Thomas outshined Texas-bound Guyer QB Jerrod Heard. A Guyer win this weekend against Flower Mound Marcus (which should happen, since Marcus is without starting quarterback Cole Erwin because he tore his ACL) will keep some of the Wildcats faithful from slipping into a slight panic.

4. Liberty Christian (–). Last week: d. Sanger, 38-6.

Liberty looked really good against a really young and inexperienced Sanger squad that’s been banged up. Liberty won a game despite picking up 289 yards of total offense, which is a testament to the four turnovers Sanger committed and the Warriors’ defense. To Liberty’s credit, it hasn’t lost yet. That might change when the Warriors play Celina this Friday. If Liberty pulls off a win, the Warriors will prove, TAAPS school and all, that they’re to be taken seriously.

5. Lake Dallas (3). Last week: lost to Frisco Centennial, 42-14.

I debated about keeping Krum in the No.5 spot, but since it barely beat Farmersville, that wasn’t going to happen. Pilot Point is 2-0, but the Bearcats beat a Class A team. Basically, there wasn’t much else to do but to have the Falcons hold down the final spot in the power rankings. Granted, they didn’t play an awful game against Frisco Centennial, definitely not 28 points worse than their opponents. But last week wasn’t the best week for the Falcons. I really like Lake Dallas’ defense and think the team definitely can make a solid postseason run. But it’ll take some time to get adjusted to a new offensive and defensive schemes and new key personnel.