High school sports realignment

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POSTED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 4:28pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 8:16am

Some Rio Grande Valley high schools are on the move between districts. 

The governing body for high school sports in Texas did its school realignment today. The University Interscholastic League bumped up many Class 5A designated schools. They will now be in Class 6A. 

The realignment is done every two years to reflect the shift in school populations. 

"It's crazy, every year you try to figure it out, every time you think you have it figured out, you come here and it's not figured out," Donna head coach Ramiro Leal said. "Every two years, you just get used to it. But you can't really prepare for it."

Coach Leal's Donna team will match up with neighbors Donna North and Mercedes. Gone are the Edinburg schools; and PSJA will split its schools between conferences. They will move on to 6A District 31 along with the Weslaco schools. 

The McAllen schools will match up with the La Joya schools in 6A, while back in 5A, the Sharyland schools will join Rio Grande City, Roma and Mission Vets. 

Some of the changes affect non-district schedules. Mission Vets had two such games cancelled. 

"Curve balls came, just like we expected," Mission Veterans head coach David Gilpin said. "We're trying to take our program to another level, and I think one of the big things is stepping up our non district schedule."

Some schools were left scrambling for non-district games. Others, despite the confusion had their schedules work out very easily. 

 

"It's a little crazy in here," Gilpin added.  "For us to get out this right now and have our schedule set quickly and this easily is a little surprising.  Because of the fact that it didn't fall the way that we wanted it to."

For the entire list, visit http://www.utexas.edu/uil/  

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