January 10, 2011 by staff
But once stood at 9 pm, it was all business. Frequent exchanges of, “That’s all I” and “What do you need?” were the norm.
This is because the coaches from across the state descended on this central location for the biennial UIL realignment and reclassification for the seasons 2010-11 and 2011-12.
“When you factor in all high schools in Texas and has all new schools come,” said Gerald Brence, Plano ISD athletic director, “is really the only way you can. It is a huge task to put this together. ”
Brence received a blast from the past Monday at Plano Senior, Plano East and Plano West were merged with Allen, Lewisville, Hebron, Flower Mound and Flower Mound Marcus in District 8-5A. This area is similar to that used for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.
This new route has sent teams scrambling for games. West was looking for an opponent in Week 1 and is needed for someone Week 2. Allen had a hole to fill in his schedule Monday and once again turned to Longview. The Eagles will face Longview, Justin Northwest and Cedar Hill in play non-district.
“There will be another battle,” said Tom Westerberg, Allen head football coach, “just as it always is.”
This new district was clearly a surprise to some, while others were prepared.
“I really do not understand too much speculation in advance,” said Bryan Erwin, head football coach Marcus, and I’m not really surprised by anything that happens [during rehabilitation] more. You just line and play what they tell you. ”
Was this alignment, it should or not, Erwin knows what to be prepared for years to come.
“There will be a very competitive district,” he said.
East coach Johnny Ringo head football has made this prediction a little further.
“When you look at the history of what the Lewisville and Flower Mound schools have done,” he said, “I consider this the toughest neighborhood in the Metroplex.”
District 7-5A may have something to say about that Coppell and Southlake Carroll, formerly aligned with the schools in the Lewisville ISD, are now in an area which includes Keller, Keller Central, Keller Fossil Ridge Justin Northwest, Saginaw and Denton Guyer, who is new to Class 5A. The threshold for Class 5A this season was 2,065 students and above, the first time since 1990 that number has declined.
District 7 – and 8-5A bi-district will compete in the competition and all the schools listed above are part of Region I.
“I was hoping that we’ll be back in Region II for travel,” said Westerberg. “Now when you talk about regional component and some other sports, it is still in Lubbock instead of Waco.”
Waco will be the basis for the regional teams as Region II may Mesquite, Mesquite Horn, North Mesquite and McKinney Boyd.
Boyd was one of the castaways of 8-5A. Jesuit was also on this list that the Rangers Carrollton Creekview slot in 9-5A. The Mustangs dropped to Class 4A (990 to 2.064 students) as well as Wylie. The Pirates, in particular, has made news in stride.
“We’ll miss you guys and we remain friends,” Wylie said a representative at the table of Plano ISD and Allen coaches, but do not call and do not write. ”
Boyd McKinney ISD will remain the only school in Class 5A as the team moves to District 10-5A, where the Broncos will be the only non-Garland ISD school. Boyd is next to North Garland, South Garland, Garland Lakeview Centennial, Naaman Forest, Rowlett and Sachse.
“I am a little surprised,” said Don Drake, Boyd head football coach. “Is it good? Is it bad?” I do not know really, but it will be a very competitive district.
“This is a new set of teams, so there’s really no postponement and that makes it interesting. We’ve moved a lot in the past and we are excited about this new challenge. ”
Mesquite, North Mesquite and Horn will be part of District 11-5A DeSoto sides, Tyler Lee and the new Class 5A team Longview. The trio has potential Mesquite bi-district games with the schools as an M & Consolidated, Bryan and Temple, and is again part of one of the few districts in six teams in Class 5A.
A fact, which does not sit too well with some.
“I guess that’s what I expected,” said Robbie Robinson, head football coach Mesquite. “But I do not understand why the UIL team of nine districts and we are here in a district of six teams.
“I wish there was more organization of UIL. We are doing all the legwork to put in place a non-district and they throw us this curve. It’s like banging your head against a wall. ”
Mesquite was struggling to find new non-district games after the match-up against schools from Irving ISD has been abandoned because of their inclusion in the nine-team district 6-5A. The Skeeters got their schedules for football before the new district representatives seated at a table, pulled out blue tickets and set up calendars for seasons to come.
Similar systems could be seen all around the room more than 500 coaches and administrators prepared for the next two seasons after the copies had been dispersed and the refreshments were gone, knowing full well they have to do it again in two years.
“I’m sure that when the smoke cleared today,” said Brence, “UIL start working on next.”
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