Realignment by UIL brings a few surprises for area schools

PEARLAND — Every two years, schools report how many students are enrolled at their school. The University Interscholastic League then takes those numbers, subdivides them into relatively equal classes, and – based largely on geography – determines which district each team will play in.

No one is quite sure what the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is going to do with the realignment before being announced. As one local coach remarked, "It is what it is!"

The new districts were announced on Thursday, Feb. 1 for all the schools across the state of Texas.

Pearland and Dawson were placed back in District 23-6A with Alief Elsik, Alief Hastings, Alief Taylor, Brazoswood, and Richmond George Ranch with one additional school Houston Strake Jesuit.

That gives Pearland and Dawson an eight-team district and will allow them to have three non-district games before district competition begins.

Manvel, who dropped down to Class 5A in the last realignment two years ago since their numbers dropped due to the opening of Shadow Creek High School were placed in one of the weakest districts in the state.

The Mavericks will be in District 11-5A for football only with the following schools: Fort Bend Marshall, Fort Bend Willowridge, Houston Madison, Houston Milby, Houston Northside, Houston Sharpstown, Houston Sterling, and Houston Waltrip.

Manvel will then shift to District 24-5A for basketball and all the other sports which includes: Alvin Shadow Creek, Angleton, Fort Bend Hightower, Fort Bend Marshall, Fort Bend Willowridge, Richmond Foster, Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated, and Rosenberg Terry.

Friendswood dropped back down to Class 5A and their district will be even crazier as they will be in one district for football only and another district for basketball and the other sports.

In football, the Mustangs will compete in District 10-5A and the teams in that district include: Alvin Shadow Creek, Angleton, Fort Bend Hightower, Galveston Ball, Richmond Foster, Rosenberg Terry, and Texas City.

In basketball and other sports, Friendswood will compete in District 22-5A which includes: Baytown Goose Creek Memorial, Baytown Lee, Crosby, Galena Park, Galveston Ball, Santa Fe, and Texas City.