UIL Realignment Upon Us

Carl Waits


There does not appear to be much mystery left in the new football realignment for Dripping Springs Not much of it is good either. For sure it will be solved by the time you have read this. UIL usually announces the realignments around February 1. As I guessified a few months ago on this situation, the answer is pretty well clear now. Affecting the possibilities of 5A Division I was Austin LBJ, who was the only Austin school from their district to have DI numbers. Instead of letting LBJ fend for themselves in a district near them, Austin ISD opted to put all their DII teams in athletic jeopardy by making them participate in DI so that LBJ could play them in district. Although it is legal, seems selfish to do this so you have less scheduling problems instead of giving your school athletes a more level playing field.

With LBJ out of the picture, that leaves eight other schools in the general area that meet DI enrollments. So it looks like the obvious is Dripping Springs will be put in a district with Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto, Manor, Pflugerville, Pflugerville Connally and Rouse. Six of those teams were in the playoffs last year. Also, the Austin American-Statesman article concerning this topic pointed out the district most likely would not compete in Region IV, which is considered by many as the easier route to a deep run in the playoffs.

One must remember the DI designation only applies to football. All the other activities sponsored in the UIL for 5A are still lumped into one as in previous years. So there will be a separate district assignment for Dripping Springs that will be announced at the same time. That will go a little different depending if a district needs a school to fill out their district needs, etc. My best guess is that Marble Falls, Leander Glenn and Georgetown East View will replace Manor, Hutto and Pflugerville in the second district alignment. The dye has been set. No more speculation. We should know today and all schools will have to live with it for the next two more years.

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