NOTE: teams we cover are in boldface
Corpus Christi Carroll
Corpus Christi King
Corpus Christi Ray
Eagle Pass Winn
SOME REALIGNMENT THOUGHTS
1. I had been hearing that 28-6A might include Judson, Warren and maybe even Smithson Valley. Steele got separated from the pack to join that district. With CC Ray replacing Steele, it remains a seven-team district but with an additional trip to Corpus for East Central, South San and Southwest. On the other hand, their possibility of winning district championships increased. So that’s a good tradeoff.
2. Kennedy and Memorial got hit really hard by realignment. Wow. After becoming increasingly competitive in 29-4A, they get herded into a super district with Alamo Heights, Boerne Champion and Kerrville Tivy. San Marcos and Seguin will be a challenge as well.
3. Similar to the Northside district, we now have a 10-team inner-city District 28-5A. Harlandale and McCollum shift from 29-4A and Sam Houston steps up from 28-3A to form a SAISD/Harlandale ISD district. Most teams will welcome this. Sam will be glad for the reduced travel.
Playoff spots just became harder to get for the 28-4A holdovers but, on the plus side, Brennan has moved to 6A where it belongs, competitively speaking. Reasonable competitive balance is restored. An exciting basketball district just got deeper.
4. Poor Southside finds itself on an island (as the only San Antonio team) with a travel budget that just shot up in 29-5A. Medina Valley and former 28-3A Somerset are relatively close. But the road to Laredo and I-10 West to Uvalde & Eagle Pass will become all too familiar to Cardinals teams. Three Laredo teams in the realigned district. Expected it for 29-4A team(s), but figured Edgewood ISD schools in mix.
5. Keep in mind that schools have the right to appeal their district assignment.