Today was a big day for schools all around the State of Texas as the UIL expanded to a 6A classification and we finally found out where all the chips would fall.
The six-a district here on the South Plains will include Monterey, Coronado and Frenship in a five team district with Amarillo and Amarillo Tascosa. With 11 6A West Texas schools there was fear the UIL would lump all of them in together, and have a super district similar to what Coronado was in the last two years, but the smaller district seems to be a good fit for everyone.
Down in 5A, District 4-5A included Lubbock High who jumped to 5A, and was joined by Lubbock Cooper, Plainview, former 5A power, Abilene Cooper and former 4-4A team San Angelo Lakeview. The newcomer, Abilene Cooper, looks to be the class of this district in football, but for the most part, these teams are pretty familiar with each other, and should make for some good competition the next two years.
Down to 4A and class 1-4A, where the Estacado Matadors will make their home for the next two years.
They will be joined by a few fellow 2-3A members in Levelland and Seminole, who will be joined by Pampa and Borger. That complicates travel a little bit for Pampa and Seminole, but overall it should be a good competitive district for the Matadors.
A few more 4 a schools of note: The Snyder tigers will join district 3-4a with Big Spring, Abilene Wylie, Brownwood and Stephenville. This is a a familiar district for the Tigers, as they played with Big Spring, Wylie, and Brownwood from 2010-2012.
Lamesa will jump to 4A and will join 2-4A division 2, with the Fort Stockton, Midland Christian, Monahans, Pecos and Sweetwater.
Now we drop down to 3A, where Muleshoe and Littlefield were kept together and sent north with Amarillo area schools. Those schools include Friona, Dimmitt, Childress and Amarillo River Road.
In 2-3A division one, Brownfield, Denver City, Slaton Kermit and Tornillo, will join current 3A powerhouse Shallowater. But with graduation hitting a couple of different sports, at Shallowater, staying put in 3A comes at a good time for the Mustangs.
A few more notable teams: Idalou will join up with Roosevelt in district 1-3A division 2, while the Post Antelopes head out south and west joining Ballinger, Coahoma, Coleman, Stanton and Colorado City.
Now we drop down to 2A, where division one features six of our area teams and they reside in class 2-2A division one.
Abernathy will stay in 2A, joined by current 2-2A division two foes. Floydada and Olton, and will now be with Hale Center, New Deal and Tahoka.
Division 2 has plenty of representation on the South Plains. Springlake-Earth, Farwell, and Sudan will all be a part of 2-2A. Crosbyton, Lockney and Ralls will join district 3-2A. 4-2A will consist of Morton, Plains, Seagraves, Smyer and Sundown.
In class a, what was formerly known of Six-Man. Lorenzo, Petersburg and Spur are members of district 2-class A division 1.
Anton, Meadow, New Home and Ropes will join 3-class A division 1.
Gail, Lamesa Klondike and Grady will be in district 4 class A.
In class A division 2, Silverton joins district 2 classA division 2. Amherst, Cotton Center and Lazbuddie will be in district 3. Southland, Wellman-Union, Whitharral and Wilson will join district 4.
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