2010-02-04 / Front Page

School District Realignment for 2010 and 2011

by Mike Organ

Every two years the University Interscholastic League does a district re-alignment in order to ensure balanced competition in Texas’ public schools. The realignment matches schools of equal sizes for equal opportunity in UIL sanctioned events.

The re-alignment was announced by UIL on Monday, February 1 and, so far, football and basketball are the only two sports effected by the redistricting. In the past, track, baseball and volleyball have been grouped in the same re-alignment as basketball.

This year, Lexington will be in District 12AA for football with Bruceville-Eddy, Franklin, Jarrell, Rogers, Rosebud-Lott and Thorndale. For basketball, Lexington will compete with Cameron, Florence, Jarrell, Lago Vista, Little River Academy, Rogers and Thorndale.

This will be the Eagles’ district for the next two years. We have lost some of the old district rivals and picked up schools that are closer in size to Lexington. The reason for the new look is because 2A superintendents voted last year to break just Class 2A into two 16-district groups for football, with the top two finishers advancing to the playoffs. The “Division I 2A” will be the larger schools in the classification and “Division II 2A” will be the smaller schools. Lexington fell into the smaller group despite having been very successful against the larger schools. This is actually adding a new classification of schools. It could have been accomplished by adding a 6A division for schools with more than 2,500 students and then breaking down the remaining classifications. The argument against 6A is too much travel. (Some schools are going to Florida to play so that argument is moot.)

Lexington’s High School enrollment is in a downward trend. In the 2004 re-alignment 307 students were reported by LHS. In 2006, 297 were reported enrolled. In 2008, 300 were reported and 279 were enrolled on ‘snapshot’ day in 2010.

The new plan hopefully will allow for more equal competition. There will be only 64 teams going to the playoffs in the new arrangement versus 96 in the top three from 32 districts. The state championship games will be the same as the Division I games of the 3A and A groups.

The Eagle football schedule for 2010 will feature games with Smithville, Blanco, Academy, and Geronimo Navarro, plus the district opponents. The Eagles’ open date will be during district play.

Giddings will be in District 23AAA with Caldwell, La Grange, Navasota, Rockdale and Smithville for football and basketball.

The University Interscholastic League was created by The University of Texas at Austin to provide leadership and guidance to public school debate and athletic teachers. Since 1909 the UIL has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world.

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