THEOLDCOACH Class 4A 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 4A alignment.
Lots of Storylines in 4A Division I Region I
Lots of interesting tidbits here, the first is the state’s lone four team district resides in the panhandle in 1-4A Division I. It was thought that Snyder may move north into this district, but the Tigers remained in 3-4A Division I. Andrews will once again take nearly 300 mile road trips in district play as they again are paired in the El Paso area district. The biggest surprise may be the move of Argyle from Region II over to Region I, it immediately adds to what is already a deep grouping of teams with Abilene Wylie, Andrews, Brownwood, Stephenville, Decatur and Sanger.
District 8-4A Division I Looks TOUGH
With the addition of Terrell the Kaufman County based district is easily the toughest in Region II and among the best in the state. Terrell, who went three deep as a 5A school a year ago joins Kaufman, Athens and Van to make a powerful foursome at the top of this loop. Crandall and Brownsboro are solid teams as well that can compete for playoff spots.
bEAST Texas In Region III
Region III is quite powerful and it starts with 9-4A Division I, Carthage, Center, Chapel Hill, Henderson and Kilgore highlight a LOADED regional group. Navasota makes a surprise move (for some; but not THEOLDCOACH) as they move to a district centered in the Golden Triangle, lots of mileage for the Rattlers who have no 4A Division I schools close to them. The southern Houston area moves back to Region III as El Campo and Stafford highlight 12-4A Division I.
Very few changes in Region IV in 4A Division I
The one notable change is Liberty Hill moves into an already tough 13-4A Division I as they join Burnet, China Spring and defending state champion Waco LaVega. Austin Eastside Memorial makes their varsity football debut in five team 14-4A Division I, while Somerset joins 15-4A Division I after a two year stint in Class 5A.
New Faces in 4A Division II Region I
There’s several new faces in Region I as Brownfield and Denver City up from 3A Division I join 1-4A. Seminole in a bit of a surprise heads south into the I-20 district instead of moving north like they did in Division I. Graham will instantly take the mantle as regional favorite as they move down from Division I, while 4-4A Division II has four new schools; Hillsboro, Glen Rose and Waxahachie Life up from 3A Division I; Fort Worth ISD’s newest high school Benbrook.
Celina to Region II; Gilmer Back to East Texas
After dominating Region I for two years, Celina moves east in district play and the playoffs. They’ve tangled with Gilmer the last two years in the semi-finals, but that meeting will happen earlier this year (if it happens) as Gilmer moves to 7-4A Division I which is an East Texas district. Keep an eye on Jasper in 8-4A Division II; the Bulldogs are no team to overlook.
Region III and IV Very Little Change
Not much change in Region III or IV, Robinson dropping down from Division I is the biggest change over in Region III. Wharton, which had been in a Houston based district actually now moves into a south Texas based district in 15-4A Division II replacing Yoakum who dropped to 3A.