New district realignment for Wolves
By Rodney White
Every two years the UIL conducts realignment for Texas High Schools, and every year someone comes away happy or sad about the results. Monday the UIL (University Interscholastic League) released the new alignments for Dalhart. There is good news and bad news. The good news is that we will no longer have those long road trips to Lubbock. The bad news is that we now have a four team district consisting of new addition Pampa, and old teams, Borger, and Perryton. That means that three of the four teams in our district will make the playoffs; however, if you lose one game, it can be very costly. More unfortunate news is there are not any 3A teams in our area. With the new alignment it will be very hard to schedule games because everyone else will be competing in district, while we will only be playing three district games. Scheduling will be a nightmare for Coach Young and his staff.
These are the factors that are used to effect the realignment and reclassification: The enrollment figures used in the process reflect the enrollments of UIL-member schools on Oct. 15; The UIL will place no more than 245 schools in Class 5A; Classes 4A, 3A and 2A will be comprised of roughly 200 high schools a piece.
This year, the cutoff numbers are as follows: for class 5A, 2065 and up; 4A, 990-2064; 3A, 430 to 989; 2A 200 to 429; and 1A is 199 and below. That is why Pampa will be in our district next year. Pampa is moving down to 3A from 4A, which opened up another spot for a 3A school in the Panhandle. Dalhart will again be the smallest school enrollment wise with Borger and Pampa both moving down from 4A in the last 10 years. Almost every year the enrollment size for district 3A has increased. From 2008 to 2010 the number was up 30 at 430 to 979. From 2006 to 2008 the number had a big increase up 50 at 415 to 949. From 2004 to 2006 the number was unchanged at 390-899. From 2002 to 2004, the number was up 55 at 345-899. From 2000 to 2002 the number was 345 to 844. From 1990 to 1992 the number was 285 to 689, so that is why most of the teams in class 2A used to be in our district.
The new district for district one in 2A is Amarillo River Road, Bushland, Childress, Friona, Littlefield, Lubbock Roosevelt, Muleshoe and Slaton. Over half of those schools used to be in our district; however, with an eight team district it will be hard to schedule any of those schools as they will be playing district games. The closest 3A schools also have six teams in their district, Brownfield, Lamesa, Levelland, Lubbock Cooper, Lubbock Estacado and Shallowater, who moved up from 2A this year. That means we will be looking at area schools like Tucumcari, New Mexico, and Elk City, Oklahoma among others.
The other good thing about this year’s realignment is when we do advance in the playoff, we will be playing schools from the Lubbock area in district two instead of schools from district four and district five which was the Midland area, the Abilene area, and the Graham area. This is much more logical for us as far as travel is concerned.
Coach Young stated, “This was ridiculous to put four teams in a district.” He said, “It will be a very competitive district, but again Dalhart will be the smallest team in the district with Pampa and Borger still maintaining very large enrollments. But our kids play hard, so we will still be trying to make the playoffs for the fifth year in a row and pull out a district championship.” It looks like right now that the football schedule will consist of Fritch, Guymon, Brownfield, Levelland, Lubbock Cooper and Seminole to be played at a neutral site with Pampa at home and Borger and Perryton away. The 10th week of the season will be an open date for all the teams in our district.