Grapeland Moves to 2A DI
By Will Johnson
EAST TEXAS – The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has released the conference cutoff numbers s and preliminary enrollment figures for the 2020-2022 reclassification and realignment, according to a UIL Dec. 3 press release.
The conference cutoff numbers provide the range of enrollment for each of the six conferences (1A-6A), including divisional cutoffs for football.
The 2020-2022 breakdown shows Class 6A schools have enrollments of 2,220 and above. There are 249 schools in this classification with all 249 having both football and basketball programs. Only 247 have volleyball programs.
At the Class 5A level, the UIL determined schools fall into this classification if they have enrollments between 1,210 and 2,219 students. There are 254 schools in this classification with 253 having both basketball and volleyball programs while 251 have football programs.
Moving to Class 4A, schools in this classification have enrollments between 515 and 1209 students. There are 202 schools at this level with 198 having both basketball and volleyball while only 184 have football programs.
The Class 3A enrollment range goes between 230 and 514 students. There are 236 schools in this classification with 236 participating in basketball, 212 participating in football and 223 participating in volleyball.
Dropping down to the Class 2A level, the UIL has determined schools with an enrollment of between 105 and 229 students fall into this classification. There are 200 Class 2A schools with 200 participating in basketball, 190 participating in football and 136 participating in volleyball.
Last, but certainly not least is Class 1A where schools have an enrollment 104.9 and below. There are 220 schools in this classification with 217 schools participating in basketball, 153 schools participating in football and 118 participating in volleyball.
The Division I and II football numbers for the 2020-2022 timeframe show:
- Class 1A Division I – 59.5 – 104.9, 77 schools; Class 1A Division II – 59.4 and below, 76 schools.
- Class 2A Division I – 165.5 – 229, 96 schools; Class 2A Division II – 105 – 165.4, 94 schools.
- Class 3A Division I – 350 – 514, 106 schools; Class 3A Division II – 230 – 349, 106 schools.
- Class 4A Division I – 865 – 1209, 92 schools; Class 4A Division II – 515 – 864, 92 schools.
- Class 5A Division I – 1900 – 2219, 126 schools; Class 5A Division II – 1210 – 1899, 125 schools.
“Preliminary enrollments have also been released to increase transparency and provide for additional verification of enrollment figures. These figures were submitted by school districts based on enrollment on Oct. 25,” according to the UIL.
In Houston County, the preliminary enrollment numbers showed Crockett with an enrollment of 357. As a result the Bulldogs will remain classified as a Class 3A DI school in football.
The Grapeland Sandies will be moving up next year as the enrollment numbers showed an enrollment of 190 students. That means the Sandies will compete at the Class 2A DI level in the 2020 season.
Of note, the Mart Panthers remained as a Class 2A DII school in football with an enrollment of 151. The Panthers have defeated the Sandies the last two years in the Regional Round of the playoffs.
The Lovelady Lions will remain as a Class 2A DII school in football with an enrollment of 146.
The Latexo Tigers will remain as a Class 2A school with an enrollment of 124.
The Kennard Tigers will remain as a Class 1A School with an enrollment of 78.
Moving to Anderson County, the Cayuga Wildcats will remain as a Class 2A DI School with an enrollment of 172.
The Elkhart Elks will stay as a Class 3A DI school with an enrollment of 376.
In Frankston, the Indians will drop from Class 3A DII to Class 2A DI, with an enrollment of 225.
The Palestine Wildcats will remain as a Class 4A DI school with an enrollment of 984.
The Westwood Panthers will stay as a Class 3A DI school with an enrollment of 446.
The Neches Tigers have an enrollment of 104.5 and will remain as a Class 1A school. The cutoff to move to 2A is 105.
The Slocum Mustangs will remain as a Class 2A school based on their enrollment of 121 students.
The 2020-22 alignments will be released on Feb. 3 for basketball, football and volleyball. District alignments for other activities will be released in the order of their seasons.
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