What changes will UIL make?

By: 
Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Changes to Nolan County districts will come on Feb. 1 when the University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment is announced.
UIL change was revealed when it was announced in December that Highland was moving from Class 1A, Division II to 1A, D-I. Not only that, but Wylie is finally moving up from Class 4A to Class 5A.
Highland’s move up to Division I means it will no longer have Blackwell in its football district. The southern Nolan County Hornets will stay in D-II, ending any chance of another season-ending district title matchup between the schools after the classic 35-34 thriller which Blackwell won this past November, which was played at Highland.
Of course, Highland and Blackwell could still meet in a non-district matchup the next two years.
Moving to Class 4A, Sweetwater after this year loses Seminole in football to a D-I district.
Seminole missed by four students staying in D-II. Snyder is most likely to replace Seminole since the Tigers are moving down from 4A, Division I to 4A, Division II next year.
The other sports teams for Sweetwater will also be in new districts with Wylie moving from Class 4A to 5A. Big Spring, Brownwood and Snyder are also in the current 5-4A district for all sports except for football and will all remain in 4A, and since a four-team district appears to be unlikely, at least one new school will be coming in. It’s possible Sweetwater could be moved to District 2-4A where it would rejoin Lamesa, Levelland and Estacado and possibly Seminole, who are in the current 2-4A but will be losing Brownfield and Denver City to Class 3A.
The loss of Wylie won’t cause many opponents to shed tears. Instead of being a very big 4A, it will be one of the smallest 5A schools, just 14 above the cutoff.
Other than getting back Snyder, there may not be any other changes in football next month when the new district for Sweetwater is announced as Monahans, Midland Greenwood, Pecos, Fort Stockton and Lamesa will all be remaining in Class 4A, Division II for at least two more years. Their bi-district foes may change as three schools in 1-4A, D-II will drop to Class 3A.

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