Will the UIL put Hawks in six-team district?
At the end of October, schools in Texas submitted their enrollment numbers to the University Interscholastic League (UIL) to be used for the 2018-20 Realignment.
In the past week, the UIL published the Reclassification and Realignment Conference Cutoff Numbers.
For Iowa Park, it means the Hawks will remain in Class 4A Division II along with 89 other schools. It also means that Iowa Park’s 534 enrollment figure is 29 students above a drop to Class 3A Division I. Only 13 other DII schools in 3A have a lower figure than Iowa Park.
The new conference numbers for Class 4A and 3A are as follows:
Class 4A DI - 790 to 1,149
Class 4A DII - 505 to 789 (previous alignment was 480-722)
Class 3A DI - 335 to 504
Class 3A DII - 225 to 334
Prior to the release of realignment numbers, Head Hawk Aubrey Sims was focused on two main items: 1. Would Bowie move up to 4A DII? (they didn’t, remaining in 3A DI with 495 students); and 2. Would a shift of teams in West Texas cause Iowa Park to be thrust once again into a district including Panhandle teams?
“The way I add it up, they have 12 teams out west,” Sims said Monday. “I’d really like to have a six-team district, and thought Bowie would maybe move up, but they didn’t. It’s possible they could move someone like Aubrey (684) into the district.”
West Texas teams moving to 4A DII in 2018-20 include Levelland (773), Borger (749), and Snyder (726).
Sims is predicting the Panhandle will now have six 4A DII districts with one including Perryton (618), Dalhart (511), Borger, Levelland, Lubbock Estacada (746), and Lamesa (536); and the other comprised of Monahans (625), Snyder, Sweetwater (554), Fort Stockton (671), Pecos (673), and Lamesa (536).
“The best thing for us would be to get a six-team district, because it is really hard with a five-team district scheduling for the freshman and junior varsity teams,” Sims noted.
Teams in Iowa Park’s current district and their numbers include Bridgeport (651), Graham (690), Krum (653), and Vernon (602).
The 2018-20 realignment will be released by the UIL in February.
Abilene Wylie, a school that has dominated Iowa Park’s region in the past in baseball, tennis and track, will move up to Class 5A DII in 2018-20, reporting 1,164 students.
SMALLER THAN IP
Though Iowa Park is one of the smaller Class 4A teams in the state, there are 13 schools with fewer students including Huntington (533), Orange Grove (531), Sunnyvale (528), Glen Rose (527), Longview Spring Hill (525), Caldwell (524), Crystal City (524), Cleveland Tarkington (520), Poteet (516), Dalhart (511), Caddo Mills (508), Farmersville (508), and Mexia (508).