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February 2, 2014

Guessing games end on Monday - Column

Webb of Thought

(Continued)

Although Aledo has requested a deeper look by the UIL to put the reining state champs in a saltier group, the UIL maintains that it is for geographical, rather than competitive motives that drives realignment. So, there could be no change at all.

By the way, Classes 5A and 6A will remain the same as before — the classifications will remain intact for redistricting purposes, with football playoff teams being split into big-school, small-school divisions. It will be interesting to see in the next few years if the UIL will pursue “permanent” division splits for the larger classifications or if the geographical barriers will be too formidable.  

Springtown, grouped in Division I of Class 4A, will likely join Mineral Wells again, but all bets will be off past that, I think.

Most of Brock’s anticipation comes from the first-time districting as it finally joins UIL-sanctioned football. The Eagles will be part of Class 3A, DI, while across I-20, Millsap will encounter at least some new faces in D-II.

Applying an intensity measuring stick, Weatherford and its fans may be the most anticipatory of the impending realignment announcement.

The Roos have languished in the Arlington-laden alignment for the past four years and, perhaps for no other reason than not having to negotiate I-30 and I-20 Friday afternoon traffic a handful of times per season (especially on Ranger game nights), the Blue faithful might enjoy a change in game night scenery.

The most likely alternative for Weatherford’s district, should the UIL decide not to hit the replay button for two more years of the static grouping of the past four years, would be to pack up with Paschal and North Crowley and head back north, to reacquaint with Haltom, Richland and some others in that area. But “likely” is a very relative term, so there’s really no telling if a dramatic change is in store.

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