UIL announces realignment

Forsan's moving down, Coahoma's moving west and Big Spring is pretty much staying put.The University Interscholastic League's biennial realignment of Texas high schools didn't produce many changes in classifications, but likely added plenty of expenses to school's travel budgets.This latest realignment takes effect with the 2012-2013 school year.The school affected the least by realignment is Big Spring High School, which will remain in Class 3A for the next two years.Big Spring will compete in the newly formed District 4-3A, along with Sweetwater, Snyder, Abilene Wylie, Midland Greenwood and Monahans. Brownwood, a district opponent for the past two years, is moving east to District 8-3A, where it will compete with Burnet, Gatesville, Lampasas, Liberty Hill and Llano.The Steers' district alignment will be the same for both football and basketball.Big Spring Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Philip Ritchey was pleased with the fact that BSHS will be centrally located in the new district.“I was surprised with the way it came out, but we're very excited about the new district,” Ritchey said. “We'll be pretty much in the middle of it, and that should cut down on our travel expenses … I thought we'd be on the west end of an eastern district or the east end of a western district, so this was a pleasant surprise.”Coahoma will remain in Class 2A, but will have different district opponents for football and basketball.In football, Coahoma will log plenty of travel miles to compete in District 3-2A, Div. II, along with Alpine, Big Lake Reagan County, Crane, Sonora and Stanton. In basketball, Coahoma's fellow district members will be Colorado City, Stanton, Denver City, Lamesa and Brownfield.The increased travel in football did not sit well with Coahoma ISD Athletic Director Kim Nichols.“The UIL, in its infinite wisdom, has never taken a ride on a school bus from Coahoma to Alpine,” Nichols said. “Just about the time you figure out the way the UIL does things, they pull something different on you … I just wish they had kept us with the same district lineup for both football and basketball.”The only area school changing classification is Forsan, which is moving down a spot to Class 1A.In football, Forsan will compete in District 4-1A Div. I along with Anson, Haskell, Stamford and Winters. In basketball, the Buffaloes will be in District 6-1A Div. I along with Plains, Seagraves, Sundown, Tahoka and Smyer.The drop in classification came as no surprise to Forsan Athletic Director Terry McDonald.“We anticipated it, based on some of the enrollment numbers we saw,” McDonald said. “And the teams we'll play we're somewhat familiar with, so there were no big surprises today … We're moving a little bit more east than we anticipated, but that's OK.”Likewise, the difference between football and basketball districts should not be a problem for Forsan, he added.“We're used to that,” McDonald said. “It's something we've been doing for most of the past six or seven years.”Other area schools and their new district alignment include:• Garden City — The Bearkats will compete in District 5-1A Div. I in six-man football, along with Fort Davis, Marfa and Rankin.• Sands — The Mustangs will remain in Class 1A, Div. II in six-man football and will compete in District 5 against Loop, Dawson and Wellman-Union.• Grady — The Wildcats will compete in District 4-1A Div. II in six-man football, along with Borden County, Klondike and O'Donnell.Basketball realignment information for these three schools was not released by press time.