UIL realignment puts Liberty-Eylau back into Pleasant Grove’s football district

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Early prediction: District champ odds-on favorite to win state championship

Atlanta is replaced by Liberty-Eylau in Pleasant Grove’s district, while Texas High faces some long commutes in the wake of UIL realignments announced today.

The Hawks will compete in of one of East Texas’ toughest conferences: Longview Spring Hill will be the only one of five schools in 6-4A, DII that does not hold a state football championship trophy.

On the other hand, the road to a Class 4A, Division II regional championship may have become a little easier. Perpetual playoff contenders Celina and Melissa, whom the Hawks knocked off in their march to a state title, were bumped up to D I.

Texas High’s district opponents are either in Tyler or in and around the DFW Metroplex.

Atlanta will likely begin the fall as the odds-on favorite to dominate District 7-3A, although Hooks, Hughes Springs, Jefferson, Redwater, Mount Vernon and New Boston might feel otherwise.

In baseball, basketball, and spring athletics the alignments are collapsed to a single division in each classification. That means that the two Paris schools, Paris High and North Lamar, will join to form District 14-4A.

The 4A volleyball alignment is slightly different, sending Gilmer and Spring Hill into a district that includes Bullard, Henderson and Kilgore.

Link to all alignments.

Football Alignments

District 6-4A

Gilmer

Spring Hill

Pittsburg

Liberty-Eylau

Pleasant Grove

Complete 4A, DII

 

District 7-5A

McKinney North

Mesquite Poteet

Sherman

Texarkana Texas

Tyler

West Mesquite

Wylie East

Complete 5A, D1

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A veteran journalist and educator, Bill Owney is a 1980 graduate of the University of Florida. Writing awards include APME honors for investigative reporting, the Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Award for public service reporting and numerous awards for editorial, column and news writing. He served as publisher of the Atlanta Citizens Journal and Pittsburg Gazette when each paper won sweepstakes awards from the Texas Press and North and East Texas Press Associations. He spent 15 years as a public school teacher and is an adjunct professor of English at Texarkana College.

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