UIL REALIGNMENT: Miller set to return to 5A, Alice stays in 4A, Bishop to move up
Alice will stay in Class 4A by the slimmest of margins and Miller will make its return to Class 5A with the rest of CCISD after the UIL released the conference cutoffs it will use for next February's realignment on Wednesday.
The governing body of Texas high school interscholastic competition released enrollment figures for every public school in the state last week.
The numbers for 2022-23 and 2023-24 show that Class 6A will be comprised of schools with enrollment of 2,225 and greater and Class 5A will encompass high schools with 1,300-2,224 students.
The Coastal Bend will not have any schools in Class 6A for the fourth straight realignment.
The 1,300 cutoff means Alice will remain in Class 4A after it was speculated they may return in Class 5A and Class 5A Division II in football. Alice turned in 1,296 students during snapshot day in October.
The Coyotes will join Calallen, Tuloso-Midway, Kingsville, Beeville and Rockport-Fulton in Class 4A Division I for football purposes.
Rockport-Fulton returns to Class 4A Division I after two realignments in Division II.
Alice athletic director Kyle Atwood said the news of the school remaining in Class 4A is exciting for the entire athletic program which has seen more success across the board since moving to the classification in 2020.
"In football Class 5A Division II or 4A Division I are equally as tough, but the big news is for our other programs," Atwood said. "Our soccer program made the playoffs and made it a few rounds. Our cross country team has an individual qualifying for state and winning district titles. The track teams are advancing far. Baseball and softball ... our other sports are very competitive in Class 4A. We were excited to see that."
Bishop also will change classifications, moving to Class 4A after their highly successful run over the last several years in Class 3A. The Badgers turned in an enrollment of 549, which is four students over the Class 4A cutoff.
CCISD finds all six of its schools back in Class 5A, and all six will play in Division I in football after the district decided to opt its five schools up with Veterans Memorial, the lone school with Division I numbers naturally (2,030.5).
Miller athletic coordinator Justen Evans said he was already fielding calls about scheduling after news of the cutoffs broke. Evans is excited about playing all Miller's CCISD rivals in all sports after being limited to Veterans Memorial and Ray in football the last two seasons.
"It feels great. We were excited. We knew the numbers back on snapshot day and it looked like we were going to be in Class 5A Division I," Evans said. "These kids go to middle school together and have the rivalries in middle school and in football we only played Vets and Ray because they were in a nine-team district.
"For us it feels great. The last time we were in 5A Division I we had success in football and basketball. I know we experienced success in some other sports in 4A and I think we've built those programs up to where they'll continue to have success. We feel like we can compete in 5A."
Gregory-Portland and Flour Bluff decided against opting up and will compete in Class 5A Division II after each opted up during the most recent realignment in 2020. The two will be the only Coastal Bend schools in Class 5A Division II football.
Orange Grove will return to Class 4A after two years in Class 3A. In football the Bulldogs will compete in Class 4A Division II.
Skidmore-Tynan is the only Coastal Bend school to drop in classification, where the Bobdats will go from being one of the smallest schools in Class 3A to one of the largest in Class 2A.
Skidmore-Tynan athletic director Stephen Silva said the news was a surprise.
"We were set to be the smallest 3A in the state of Texas," Silva said. "For us this is good news. It is going to put us in a position to be more competitive. The last couple of years in district we look at our sideline and have about 25 kids and look across the way and they have 40. That goes toward subs, getting kids rest and not having so many two-way players.
"Now we'll be facing teams with similar size and similar numbers."
The Bobcats girls' sports have had success in numerous sports including cross country, basketball and volleyball and Silva is excited about what they can do in Class 2A.
New districts will be released by the UIL in February.
UIL Conference Cutoffs
Class 6A — 2,225 and above
Class 5A — 1,300-2,224
Class 4A — 545-1,299
Class 3A — 250-544
Class 2A — 105-249
Class A — 104.9 and below
Football Division Cutoffs
Class 5A Division I — 1,925-2,224
Class 5A Division II — 1,300-1,924
Class 4A Division I — 880-1,299
Class 4A Division II — 545-879
Class 3A Division I — 360-544
Class 3A Division II — 250-259
Class 2A Division I — 164.5-249
Class 2A Division II — 105-164.4
Class A Division I — 59.5-104.9
Class A Division II — 59.4 and below
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