Here is our mock realignment for Class 6A. Below we have also included an analysis of how we came up with the alignment.
Reg IReg IIReg IIIReg IV
Region I Notes:
A crowded DFW portion is pretty much a given when it comes to Region I. In our mock realignment, we have two 10 team districts that are part of the fold. First the obvious, El Paso has a nice eight team district to suit itself. When it came down to what to do with Abilene, our option was to place them in a traditional West Texas rivalry district. With no teams in the Panhandle, it just made more sense. Arlington gets the draw of playing with Weatherford, Paschal and North Crowley. Both 10 team districts are northwest/northern DFW. Where Little Elm goes, is the wild card for this year’s realignment. If they are place with Denton Guyer and Denton Braswell, which makes sense geographically, that will create a 10 team district with the likes of Southlake Carroll, Coppell and Marcus all sitting there. If the UIL decides to ship Little Elm eastwards, they will go to District 8 with Allen, plus the Plano and McKinney schools. If this the case, Region I will have two 9 team districts instead of two ten team districts.
Region II Notes:
Districts 9-12 are pretty straight forward. This has been your typical alignment for 6A Region II in recent history. The lone exception would be Dallas Skyline. Geographically, Skyline itself is right next to Mesquite. With the Raiders being the lone Dallas ISD school in Class 6A, this gave us a couple of options, stay in Region I and go to Jesuit, Irving and Richardson, or stay close to Mesquite and Rockwall while making that one trip in two years out to Tyler. In the end, joining Rockwall and Mesquite would benefit Skyline more travel wise. Under our realignment, Houston gets four districts in Region II. Bryan and Willis being in 6A technically complicates the map in Region III. Realignment, as we know, don’t give any factors to tradition and rivalries. Historically, the Spring ISD schools are paired with Aldine ISD. In this alignment, we have made the move to send Spring in with the Klein schools and geographically and travel wise, there is not much of a difference outside of a travel in the deeper rounds of the playoffs. That can easily be rectified through neutral site games and winning coin flips. The other key thing about Region II was keeping the Cypress-Fairbanks schools side by side with each other. Rather than ship Aldine or another Houston area school northward, it made more sense alignment wise to pair the two impending CFISD districts together. School districts will often request their own alignment, but we threw that out and went with the geographic school locations to pair up the districts. With CFISD having 12 schools and the two Tomball schools needing a partner, this created the two seven team districts.
Region III Notes:
Rather than go directly west to east as the UIL traditionally does, we opted in our alignment to go clockwise from east to west. This is likely not the way it will go, but as with the UIL, there has been some surprises in the past. With Aldine ISD being in the location it is in and with Spring ISD allocated to join the Klein schools in Region II, this left Aldine on an island by itself with five schools. The next best option to find a partner with them for an alignment would be Sheldon ISD with one school in C.E. King. Yes, Sheldon is next to Galena Park and in most cases would be paired with North Shore and Northeast Houston. With La Porte dropping down to 5A Division II, Pasadena and Pearland ISD joined by Deer Park makes a familiar district. Brazoswood could go to either to Fort Bend or to Clear Creek and with George Ranch being with Fort Bend in an already eight team district, someone has to travel and that option fits the Bucs with Alvin, Dicksinson and Clear Creek. The Alief and Spring Branch schools have heir district alongside Strake Jesuit as does Katy ISD.
Region IV Notes:
When looking at Region IV, Districts 25-27 are your typical alignments with nothing of note out of the ordinary. The logjam begins with San Antonio’s NISD. With 11 teams, much like that of Cy-Fair ISD in the Houston area, it warrants the need to use two district slots to fill up their respective teams. Without taking rivalries in consideration, we split Northside ISD by geographic location of the individual schools. The six northern-most schools in the district made one district while the remaining five are set up with South San Antonio and Del Rio. Someone has to travel to Del Rio, whether its from San Antonio or Laredo. The travel distance is around 40-50 miles difference between Laredo and San Antonio. While the Laredo schools and Eagle Pass make their own district, there are 17 schools in the RGV slated to share two districts. From west to east, Edinburg, La Joya and Mission High share 31-6A. The remaining RGV teams will end up with the 32-6A mantle.