THEOLDCOACH Class 5A Realignment Mashup
As always with UIL Realignment there’s a few curveballs that get thrown our way and 2016 is no different. THEOLDCOACH takes a look at some of the highlights of the Class 5A alignment.
Canutillo Moves to District 2-5A
After a four year stint in District 1-5A, Canutillo moves back into a district with suburban El Paso schools instead of El Paso ISD. Canutillo will travel through El Paso ISD to get to Ysleta, Socorro and Clint.
Odd West Texas Split
With 14 schools in West Texas between El Paso and Granbury, it was almost a given there would be an even 7/7 split. However, the UIL threw a curve ball at us by sending Plainview north to the panhandle in District 3-5A, thus leaving District 4-5A with just six teams and difficulties finding five non-district games.
Sherman/Denison Move to Region I
In a move that works out well for Texoma Schools Sherman and Denison, they move to Region I pairing with Denton ISD and Wichita Falls ISD. If either can get to the playoffs they’ll have a chance to make a decent run as long as they can avoid Aledo.
Colleyville Heritage and Richland Big Winners
Dropping down to 5A from 6A is big enough, but then moving into a district that without a doubt is soft is pretty nice, but then you add in matching up with Fort Worth ISD in bi-district and you have what is a pretty good UIL Realignment for Heritage and Richland. Expect big dividends for both schools in 2016.
Former 8-5A Moving to Region II
With the exception of Aledo who stayed in Region I, all of the former 8-5A moves to Region II. Definite losing proposition for these schools as they match up with the brutally tough District 10-5A that features Lancaster, Waxahachie and Mansfield ISD.
East Texas Splits Into Two Regions; Ennis and Corsicana To Hit The Road
East Texas lost three schools to Class 6A yet surprisingly still got two districts in realignment, the loop north of I-30 remained in 16-5A, while the south of I-30 crew for the most part moved surprisingly to 17-5A and Region III. Another curveball thrown as the addition once again of Ennis and Corsicana out east once again, those two will have to travel and they’ll have difficulty filling the non-district schedule as they are one of just two six teams districts in Class 5A.
Austin Powers Move to Region III
After dominating Region IV the past two years, some of the powers in the Austin area slide over to Region III. Cedar Park, defending 5A Div. II champion along with Rouse down from Class 6A. It sets up potential area round matchups with powers from Bryan/College Station, Temple and Ennis.
District 26-5A Is A Mess
26-5A stretches from Marble Falls all the way down to Medina Valley, southwest of San Antonio. It’s a hodge podge of one school towns from around the Austin and San Antonio area. No real rhyme or reason behind this group except it appears to be all the leftover teams from the two metro areas.
Houston Area In Region IV?
For the first time in recent memory in one of the state’s largest two classifications, a district based in Greater Houston will be in Region IV as Angleton, Lamar Consolidated ISD joins Victoria ISD and Calhoun in the new 27-5A. Angleton and Richmond Foster immediately step to the forefront as Region IV favorites.
Alice and Calallen Booking Road Trips
Unless their appeal is granted by the UIL, Alice and Corpus Christi Calallen will be hitting the road in a big way in the new 29-5A. With CCISD schools dropping down it created a glut of teams on the Coastal Bend with really no place to put the teams since the UIL was hesitant to create to specific Coastal Bend districts. So Alice and Calallen have to take some LONG road trips to Eagle Pass and Uvalde along with multiple San Antonio trips as well.
Laredo ISD combies with the Valley
The three Laredo ISD 5A schools move into District 31-5A that features teams from the western edge of the RGV. This will also make for a lot of travel for all teams involved as its not an easy drive from Laredo to the Valley.