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February 12, 2014
TheOldCoach Class 4A Division II Realignment Review
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THEOLDCOACH CLASS 4A DIVISION II REALIGNMENT RECAP
Much like in Division I the travel will be brutal in Region I and it starts with Iowa Park and Vernon heading north into the panhandle. Pecos and Fort Stockton move east away from the El Paso schools but they'll be in a tougher loop with Greenwood, Lamesa, Sweetwater and Monahans. 3-4A Division II stretches from Krum which is west of Denton all the way east to Bonham. 4-4A Division I is mostly a Dallas ISD district with Ferris, Venus and Godley who moves up from Class 2A.
Winners: Monahans, Celina, Ferris, Dallas Lincoln
Losers: Vernon, Iowa Park, Fort Stockton, Bonham
Gilmer moves west into a DFW area district and out of their usual realm of East Texas. The Buckeyes should dominate their district mates and be fresh for the playoffs. 6-4A Division II is the East Texas district but will be extensive as it extends from Texarkana all the way down to Center near Lufkin. Fairfield will face some rebuilding after losing an outstanding senior class but they caught a break moving west into the Waco area.
Winners: Gilmer, Fairfield, Gladewater, Coldspring
Losers: Melissa, Longview Spring Hill, Rusk
With a shrinking enrollment, West Orange-Stark moves into the Division II bracket and along with LaMarque could be an instant favorite to win the region. LaMarque is in an HISD based district in 10-4A Division II, but the possible closure of Houston Jones could mean this district is just a four team loop. The alignment then gets a bit odd as 11-4A Division II is a more Austin centric district and then 12-4A Division II moves back to the Houston area. LaGrange, who made the state semi-finals a year ago, highlights 11-4A, while 12-4A looks to be a wide open district.
Winners: West Orange-Stark, LaMarque, LaGrange, Giddings
Losers: Hardin-Jefferson, Houston Worthing, Salado
The real surprise in Region IV is Jourdanton being placed in a Coastal Bend district along with Yoakum in 15-4A Division II. Poteet, will have to drive through Jourdanton to get to their district games. Llano, who has played in a tough Central Texas district with much larger schools got a big break by moving south into a district they should be able to compete well in. Port Isabel and Orange Grove, who have had some battles in the playoffs are now district rivals in 16-4A Division II.
Winners: Llano, Wimberley, Devine, Ingleside
Losers: Jourdanton, Corpus Christi West Oso