2012 Realignment: Stronger or Weaker?

# of Teams: 63

New School (0): None

Up from 4A (4): Carrollton Turner, Denton Ryan, Keller Timber Creek, Waco Midway

District 1 (8)

El Paso Americas
El Paso Bel Air
El Paso Coronado
El Paso Eastwood
El Paso El Dorado
El Paso Franklin
El Paso Montwood
El Paso Socorro

Verdict: Weaker

Didn’t add anyone, but lost Hanks to 4A. Extra non-district game could benefit, but nine team 2-5A puts that into question.

District 2 (9)

Abilene Cooper
Amarillo Tascosa
Lubbock Coronado
Midland Lee
Odessa Permian
San Angelo Central

Verdict: Stronger

Districts 2 and 3-5A combine to make a much larger and deeper district.

District 3 (8)

Arl. Bowie
Arl. Houston
Arl. Lamar
Arl. Martin
FW Paschal
North Crowley

Verdict: Push

Same group of teams previously in 4-5A. No one out, no one in.

District 4 (8)

FW Haltom
Justin Northwest
Keller Central
Keller Fossil Ridge
Keller Timber Creek
NRH Richland
Southlake Carroll

Verdict: Weaker

The SLC/Keller district loses Guyer to 4A and Coppell to 5-5A.

District 5 (6)

Denton Ryan
Flower Mound
FM Marcus
Lewisville Hebron

Verdict: Weaker

A new group of teams. A mix of former 7 and 8-5A, minus the Plano schools, SLC, and Allen. Sub Guyer for Ryan. Four of six will make playoffs.

District 6 (8)

Carrollton Turner
Colleyville Heritage
Euless Trinity
Hurst Bell
Irving MacArthur
Irving Nimitz

Verdict: Weaker

Largely the same except for Turner moving up with Haltom and Richland moving out.

District 7 (8)

Cedar Hill
Grand Prairie
Mansfield Timberview
South Grand Prairie

Verdict: Stronger

This remains the same group over from 5-5A, except DeSoto joins and Legacy drops to 4A.

District 8 (8)

Copperas Cove
Kill. Ellison
Kill. Harker Heights
Kill. Shoemaker
Waco Midway

Verdict: Push

One of the surprises of realignment based on placement in Reg. 1. Group adds Midway and Killeen from 4A, loses Consolidated and Bryan.

# of Teams: 58

New School (1): RR Cedar Ridge

Up from 4A (6): Killeen, Lake Travis, Pflug. Hendrickson, Richardson Pearce, Rockwall, Rockwall Heath

District 9 (8)

Dallas Jesuit
Dallas Skyline
Dallas Sunset
Dallas White
Richardson Berkner
Lake Highlands
Richardson Pearce

Verdict: Stronger

Samuell drops to 4A, Richardson Pearce moves up. Upgrade.

District 10 (6)

McKinney Boyd
Plano East
Plano West

Verdict: Weaker

It’s a downgrade if you’re Allen and the Planos due to the Flower Mound schools exiting. On the plus side, easier to make the playoffs.

District 11 (7)

Lakeview Centennial
Gar. Naaman Forest
Garland Rowlett
Garland Sachse
North Garland
South Garland

Verdict: Weaker

Previously 10-5A, loses playoff contender in McKinney Boyd.

District 12 (7)

Mesquite Horn
North Mesquite
Rockwall Heath
Tyler Lee

Verdict: Push

Strength in numbers offsets the loss of DeSoto.

District 13 (9)

Humble Atascocita
Humble Kingwood
Klein Collins
Klein Forest
Klein Oak
Spring Dekaney
Spring Westfield

Verdict: Stronger

The addition of Atascocita and Kingwood makes this a deeper, stronger district. One of the better districts in the state.

District 14 (7)

A&M Consolidated
Conroe Oak Ridge
The Woodlands
TW College Park

Verdict: Push

Consolidated and Bryan take the place of the Humble schools.

District 15 (7)

Austin High
Austin Akins
Austin Anderson
Austin Bowie
Austin Westlake
Del Valle
Lake Travis

Verdict: Stronger

The same district plus a school with five straight championships, Lake Travis. Added depth and quality.

District 16 (7)

Pflug. Hendrickson
Round Rock
RR Cedar Ridge
RR McNeil
RR Stony Point
RR WestwoodVerdict: Weaker

Leander and Georgetown move down to 4A. Replaced by Hendrickson and new school Cedar Ridge.

# of Teams: 62

New School (1): Clear Falls

Up from 4A (1): Manvel

District 17 (10)

Cy Creek
Cy Fair
Cy Falls
Cy Lakes
Cy Ranch
Cy Ridge
Cy Springs
Cy Woods
Jersey Village
Langham Creek

Verdict: Push

This district remains unchanged.

District 18 (7)

Ald. Eisenhower
Ald. MacArthur
Aldine Nimitz
Alief Elsik
Alief Hastings
Alief Taylor

Verdict: Push

This district remains unchanged.

District 19 (8)

Houston Memorial
Katy Cinco Ranch
Katy Mayde Creek
Katy Morton Ranch
Katy Seven Lakes
Katy Taylor
Strake Jesuit

Verdict: Push

This district remains unchanged.

District 20 (7)

Hou. Bellaire
Hou. Chavez
Hou. Lamar
Hou. Madison
Hou. Sam Houston
Hou. Westbury
Hou. Westside

Verdict: Push

The only change here is that Milby drops down to 4A.

District 21 (7)

Baytown Sterling
Beau. West Brook
Deer Park
La Porte
North Shore
PA Memorial

Verdict: Stronger

This already strong group adds another perennial playoff team in Deer Park.

District 22 (8)

Alvin Manvel
Pasadena Dobie
Pasadena Memorial
Pasadena Rayburn
South Houston

Verdict: Stronger

Loses Deer Park, but adds a strong Manvel team from 4A and the ’10 champs in Pearland.

District 23 (8)

FB Austin
FB Bush
FB Clements
FB Dulles
FB Elkins
FB Hightower
FB Kempner
FB Travis

Verdict: Weaker

Elkins and Willowridge drop to 4A, two playoff teams out of the mix.

District 24 (7)

Clear Brook
Clear Creek
Clear Falls
Clear Lake
Clear SpringsVerdict: Weaker

The big news here is the exit of Pearland. District also drops from eight to seven teams.

# of Teams: 62

New School (1): Edinburg Vela

Up from 4A (4): Brownsville Veterans Memorial, La Joya Juarez-Lincoln, New Braunfels Canyon, Smithson Valley

District 25 (6)

Converse Judson
New Braunfels
New Braunfels Canyon
SA Wagner
San Marcos
Smithson Valley

Verdict: Push

Steele moves to another district, Seguin down to 4A. Smithson Valley and Canyon move in from 4A. Could be considered a slight upgrade.

District 26 (7)

SA Churchill
SA Johnson
SA Lee
SA MacArthur
SA Madison
SA Reagan
SA Roosevelt

Verdict: Push

The group remains unchanged.

District 27 (9)

SA Brandeis
SA Clark
SA Holmes
SA Jay
SA Marshall
SA O’Connor
SA Stevens
SA Taft
SA Warren

Verdict: Push

This group remains unchanged.

District 28 (6)

CC Carroll
CC King
Cibolo Steele
SA East Central
SA Southwest
South San Antonio

Verdict: Stronger

This district trades SA Highlands for ’10 champion, Cibolo Steele. One of the more surprising moves of realignment.

District 29 (7)

Del Rio
Eagle Pass
Eagle Pass Winn
Laredo Alexander
Lar. Johnson
Lar. United
Lar. United South

Verdict: Weaker

Laredo Nixon, Martin, and Cigarroa drop to 4A. Doesn’t hurt  strength among the stronger teams, but does hurt district depth.

District 30 (9)

Edin. Economedes
Edinburg North
Edinburg Vela
La Joya
La Joya Juarez-Lincoln
La Joya Palmview
Mission Sharyland

Verdict: Weaker

Traded stronger McAllen schools for Edinburg schools.

District 31 (9)

McAllen Memorial
McAllen Rowe
PSJA Memorial
PSJA North
San Benito
Weslaco East

Verdict: Stronger

Added quality at the top and depth with McAllen schools, Weslaco, and San Benito.

District 32 (9)

Brownville Hanna
Brownsville Lopez
Brownsville Pace
Brownsville Porter
Brownsville Rivera
Browns. Veterans
Harlingen South
Los Fresnos

Verdict: Push

Lost Weslaco and San Benito (1st and 2nd in district last year), adds one of the best teams in the region.

Source: http://www.uil.utexas.edu/athletics/index.html