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February 3, 2014
TheOldCoach Class 6A Realignment Review
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THEOLDCOACH CLASS 6A REALIGNMENT RECAP
The first big surprise is out in West Texas where the UIL gave that region two separate districts. The panhandle gets a five team district and the Permian Basin gets a district, plus San Angelo and Abilene. Abilene, who many thought would be headed east into a DFW district. For the third realignment in a row, Arlington ISD is with Weatherford, Paschal and North Crowley, which for Arlington is a big surprise. Districts 6,7 and 8 are really where the surprises begin as a nine team mashup of Plano ISD, Lewisville ISD along with Allen and McKinney Boyd. For the first time ever Euless Trinity and Southlake Carroll are in a district together, joined by powerhouse Coppell in 7-6A. Bell and Colleyville Heritage are likely left to battle it out for fourth. 8-6A remains the same for the most part minus Mansfield Timberview, DeSoto is now left scrambling for games as they were dropped for their Week 2 matchup and had to scramble to find a fourth game.
Winners: West Texas, Denton Guyer, Cedar Hill, Arlington ISD
Losers: Lewisvile ISD, McKinney Boyd, Colleyville Heritage, Hurst Bell, Midlothian
With Allen and DeSoto moving to Region I things open up quite a bit for a team like Skyline or Spring Westfield. Irving ISD moves into a pairing with Dallas ISD schools along with Jesuit and RL Turner, that could bode well for a resurgence from those schools. Highland Park moves into a tidy eight team district with Richardson and Mesquite ISD. It was pretty much a given that Garland would be joined by at least one of Rockwall and Tyler Lee, but GISD will have to go head to head with both in an eight team district. The Super CenTex district is a little smaller with Temple dropping and they now move into Region II where they should be able to compete a well against Garland ISD in non-district. Rouse moves up from 4A and joins a Pflugerville/Round Rock district, while the other Austin area district is now a nine team grouping with the addition of Kyle Lehman. Lehman will have a tough time with Lake Travis and Westlake, they were probably hoping to move south. Klein ISD and Spring ISD lose the Humble ISD schools, but they pick up Montgomery who will have a tough time moving up. The four Conroe ISD schools get Humble ISD to fill out a seven team district to round out Region II.
Winners: Dallas Skyline, Irving ISD, Highland Park, Rockwall, District 12-6A
Losers: Richardson ISD, Leander Rouse, Kyle Lehman, Montgomery
Houston rarely has surprises come realignment time, but there was at least curveball thrown our way with the remaining Fort Bend ISD schools getting paired with Alief ISD in a nine team pairing. For the past several alignments Alief ISD and Aldine ISD have been together so that grouping is split up. Aldine is joined by Spring Branch ISD in a new district alignment. Katy ISD gets their own district with the opening of Tompkins HS, the only "outsider" in this group is Houston Strake Jesuit. Houston ISD goes back to an eight team alignment with Houston Reagan and Houston Milby moving back to the state's largest classification. With Pearland Dawson moving to 6A, 22-6A now moves to a nine team alignment. 21-6A remains the same with the Golden Triangle schools joined by the southeast Houston schools.
Winners: Aldine ISD, Katy ISD, Pearland ISD
Losers: Houston Strake Jesuit, Pasadena ISD, Alief ISD
25-6A starts out much like the district was last year but the addition of Steele and Clemens brings this to a seven team grouping as San Marcos moves down to 5A. Steele is happy that they don't have to travel to Corpus Christi anymore. Northeast ISD and Northside ISD keep their districts intact, with Brennan moving to 6A 27-6A is now a ten team district. Corpus Christi ISD is in a six team district with three schools just outside of San Antonio, while United ISD is joined by Eagle Pass and Del Rio in a new six team alignment. Corpus Christi ISD is on paper a big winner as they have a shot at multiple playoff spots. The pairing of two six team districts gives 28 and 29-6A easy scheduling partners for non-district games. The Rio Grande Valley keeps three districts, with two of their districts going to be seven team districts with the Brownsville based district in 32-6A being an eight team district.
Winners: Cibolo Steele, Corpus Christi ISD, United ISD, Harlingen, Harlingen South
Losers: San Antonio Wagner, New Braunfels, Schertz Clemens, Brownsville ISD