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.