UIL realignment will keep teams, fans on the road

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In a major shakeup of classifications for fall and winter sports in 2014-15, the UIL has Clay County athletes and fans facing some long trips for away games, and for some teams, little time to prepare for district schedules.

UIL LogoWith the biennial realignment, announced Monday, the UIL added a 6A classification for the states biggest school, those with enrollments of 2,100 or more. Class A is no longer divided into Divisions I and II, as Div. I schools became 2A. For Football, classes 2A-4A are divided into Div. I and II, but remain whole for basketball.

Henrietta becomes a Class 3A school. In Div. II football, the Bearcats join District 2 with familiar foes Holliday, Jacksboro, Nocona and City View. Also in 2-3A will be powerhouse Cisco, as well as Eastland and Millsap. Cisco and Eastland are more than two hours travel from Henrietta. The Bearcats will face both team in away games in the 2014 season.

In District 9-3A basketball and volleyball, the Bearcats and Lady Cats will face Bowie, Boyd, Holliday, Jacksboro, Nocona, Paradise and City View.

Petrolia will be a 2A school, joining Electra, Hamlin, Haskell, Munday and Seymour in Div. II District 7 for football, and District 9-2A with Archer City, Electra, Olney, Seymour and Windthorst for basketball and volleyball.

District play for Bellevue and Midway, both basketball-only schools won’t change much with realignment, playing in Class A District 21. Tioga, located 96 miles east of Midway, and 88 miles from Bellevue, joins district regulars Gold-Burg, Forestburg, Prairie Valley, Saint Jo and Slidell.

High School enrollment by the numbers

Football

3A Div. II, District 2

  • Eastland — 288.5
  • Holliday — 275
  • Cisco — 268
  • Jacksboro — 265.5
  • Henrietta — 262
  • Wichita Falls City View — 255
  • Nocona — 251
  • Millsap — 246.

2A Div. II, District 7

  • Seymour — 155
  • Petrolia — 150
  • Hamlin — 148
  • Haskell — 146
  • Electra — 124
  • Munday — 104

Basketball

3A, District 9

  • Bowie — 447
  • Boyd — 350
  • Paradise — 333
  • Holliday — 275
  • Jacksboro — 265.5
  • Henrietta — 262
  • Wichita Falls City View — 255
  • Nocona — 251

2A, District 9

  • Olney — 212
  • Windthorst — 164
  • Archer City — 161
  • Seymour — 155
  • Petrolia — 150
  • Electra — 124

1A, District 21

  • Tioga — 76
  • Saint Jo — 71
  • Slidell — 66
  • Forestburg — 53
  • Bellevue — 51
  • Gold-Burg — 46
  • Midway — 35
  • Prairie Valley — 33
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