NORTH RICHLAND HILLS The University Interscholastic League on Monday announced the new football and basketball districts for the next two years starting this fall. The districts are realigned every two years based on enrollment figures.
This year there was a major reshuffling of school districts because of the addition of a Class 6A. The smallest school in Class 6A is Highland Park, which will play in District 10 and face Mesquite, Mesquite Horn, North Mesquite, Richardson, Richardson Berkner, Richardson Lake Highlands and Richardson Pearce.
'I never anticipated that we'd be in there with Mesquite,' Scots head coach Randy Allen said. 'I thought Richardson because they were close proximity to Highland Park. The big surprise was getting in there with the Mesquite schools. The competition is going to be much tougher week in and week out.'
Highland Park has the smallest enrollment in Class 6A followed Abilene High School and Lubbock Monterey. All three narrowly missed the cut from Class 5A to Class 6A.
There will be interesting matchups in District 7 Class 6A, where Euless Trinity and Southlake Carroll were paired for the first time ever.
'It's going to be a fun district,' Southlake Carroll head coach Hal Wasson said. 'Everybody should be entertained every week except for the coaches, maybe.'
Aledo, which rolled through its district last year and had parents screaming bullying charges after a 91-0 win over Western Hills, will be in District 8 Class 5A. Their district will include Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Cleburne, Crowley, Everman, Granbury and Joshua.
'Basically, it's the same district we were in a few years ago minus Stephenville,' Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan said. 'I know most of the coaches. It should be a very competitive district. We did not have to go to West Texas. I was really worried that we might get stuck with Abilene Cooper.'
Allen will be in District 6 Class 6A with teams from Lewisville, McKinney Boyd and three Plano schools.
'It's going to be one of the most competitive in the state, no question,' Plano athletic director Gerald Brence said. 'It's going to be about as good as it gets across the state and then it doesn't get any easier with the playoff game. We're looking forward to it and do the best we can.'
Grapevine in District 6 Class 5A will be traveling to Fort Worth this year and will play four schools in that city. Lake Dallas will also be in their district along with North Richland Hills Birdville.