Generally, re-alignment was kind to our area teams this time around. The most notable exception was East Central. But for Kennedy, Memorial and Southside (especially the Edgewood ISD schools) Monday, Feb. 1 must have felt a little like Christmas.
Kennedy and Memorial had been dumped into a situation where many intangibles had been stacked against them in the 2015 school year and in the current year. They really don’t have the same profile in many ways as fellow District 27-5A schools like Alamo Heights, Boerne Champion and Kerrville Tivy. The revamped District 28-5A won’t be a cakewalk for either Kennedy or Memorial, but it’s a much more level playing field. The Edgewood ISD schools should be able to compete well against their San Antonio Independent School District counterparts.
Southside shouldn’t expect an easier path in the new District 29-5A, either, but at least it will be traveling within city limits to some games and not facing a fairly to extremely long bus trip every time they play away from their home facilities. On the other hand, trips to Eagle Pass Winn and Uvalde will remain on the schedule.
East Central’s situation in fall 2016 through 2018 isn’t comparable to that which Kennedy and Memorial are mired in. The reason is that the Hornets have the enrollment and the established programs to compete in what will be a super-district by any measure. In the last few years, District 28-6A has been remarkably balanced in most sports. The Hornets will enter a District 27-6A in which almost every game may seem like a playoff game in every sport (much like the current 27-6A alignment) with the likes of Judson, Steele, Smithson Valley and the New Braunfels schools. East Central will need to rise to the challenge if it is to continue making regular postseason appearances across the board.
For Brooks Academy and Fox Tech, their workload got a little bit tougher but they won’t quite be thrown to the wolves like Kennedy and Memorial were two years ago on this day. The new District 26-3A is fairly compact geographically and will be an eight-team district (both positives), but the tradeoff there for Brooks and Fox Tech with their very-low-for-3A enrollments will be facing solid programs from Jourdanton and Karnes City.
For most other area teams, the changes were more cosmetic than impactful.
As always, it will be interesting to see how UIL re-alignment shakes out when the games and matches commence.
MORE TO COME (district breakdowns)