East Texas schools on the move with new UIL conference cutoff numbers

East Texas schools on the move with new UIL conference cutoff numbers

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The UIL’s new realignment next February will cause a shakeup for East Texas teams.

The UIL released their conference cutoff numbers on Tuesday morning. The biggest change is that the numbers released will have 6A Longview make the drop to 5A. The Lobos have spent four years in 6A.

“It will be a little different,” Longview Head football coach John King said. “We will rekindle some old rivalries in basketball, baseball, softball and track. In football we will be going into a totally different district. I think the only East Texas team we may match up with is John Tyler.”

If anyone thinks making the drop down to 5A will be a cakewalk for the Lobos justy consider how Lufkin went from the regional finals in 6A to two quick playoff exits in 5A DI.

“You have great teams,” King said. “Highland Park, Frisco Lone Star and Lancaster. I feel like it is equally as tough as what we just left.”

While people see Lufkin as another 5A DI school in the area the distance that other schools outside of East Texas would have to cover to get to Lufkin from the north or to get to Longview from the south does not seem to add up to putting the rivals back together.

“We are planning on playing Longview,” Lufkin head coach Todd Quick said. “We are always planning on playing them. We are planning on playing Nacogdoches. You kind of got to wait and see who you get in district but we are planning for all situations.”

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The football districts are more tricky then the other sports. Football has it’s own UIL alignment while all other sports will go to bigger districts in their classification with no DI or DII status. This is where you could see Lufkin, Longview and John Tyler all back together.

“Volleyball, soccer, basketball, track, we all feel like we will be in that same district with Longview added back in. We are talking about one of those original East Texas districts.”

Also making a drop down is the Lindale Eagles. They fall from 5A to 4A and in football will be in the Division I ranks.

In 4A, the District of Doom look to be no more as Carthage and Van will make the move from 4A DI to 4A DII. Kilgore, Henderson, Chapel Hill and Palestine will stay in the DI classification. Huntington will be dropping out of 4A and will now be in 3A so there could be a reuniting with long-time rival Diboll once the alignments are finalized with Franklin dropping down to 3A DII.

“It would be fun being local and to know these kids where everyone is kind of friends off the court and outside of school,” Huntington Athletic Director Shawn Jones said. “Really there is no advantage. Everyone says, ‘Oh you are going down to 3A and that will be easier.’ it’s not. When you look across the board basketball-very good programs, baseball and softball - very good programs. Look at volleyball so significant programs in the 3A. We do not look at it as we are going to drop down and win. We will be clawing and scratching to win games and qualify for the playoffs.”

East Texas schools on the move with new UIL conference cutoff numbers

In 2A Tenaha, Cushing and West Sabine will make a drop down to 2A DII. Cushing and West Sabine have been steady in the 2A DI ranks but Tenaha will only spend one realingment cycle in DI before they head back down to DII where they saw success.

Teams were not only dropping down. Some teams saw an increase in enrollment and will be moving up. Harleton is the surprise story in the region this past year and after a successful season in 2A DI they will make the jump to 3A DII. Grapeland will also be making a jump from 2A DII to 2A DI.

The new conference cutoff numbers are as follows:

6A: 2220 and above 249 schools: 249 (Basketball); 249 (Football); 247 (Volleyball)

5A: 1210 – 2219 254 schools: 253 (Basketball); 251 (Football); 253 (Volleyball)

4A: 515 – 1209 202 schools: 198 (Basketball); 184 (Football); 198 (Volleyball)

3A: 230 – 514 236 schools: 236 (Basketball); 212 (Football); 223 (Volleyball)

2A: 105 – 229 200 schools: 200 (Basketball); 190 (Football); 136 (Volleyball)

1A: 104.9 and below 220 schools: 217 (Basketball); 153 (Football); 118 (Volleyball)

1A – 5A Football Division I and Division II Numbers

1A Division I: 59.5 – 104.9 77 schools

1A Division II: 59.4 and below 76 schools

2A Division I: 165.5 – 229 96 schools

2A Division II: 105 – 165.4 94 schools

3A Division I: 350 – 514 106 schools

3A Division II: 230 – 349 106 schools

4A Division I: 865 – 1209 92 schools

4A Division II: 515 – 864 92 schools

5A Division I: 1900 – 2219 126 schools

5A Division II: 1210 – 1899 125 schools

The UIL will release the districts for all UIL activities for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years on Feb. 3.

Here is a full List of our East Texas Schools along with their enrollment numbers.

6A football

  • Tyler Lee 2304 - 6A

5A Division I football

  • Longview 2186.5
  • Lufkin 2177
  • John Tyler 2111

5A Division II football

  • Hallsville 1423.5
  • Jacksonville 1275
  • Pine Tree 1284
  • Marshall 1463
  • Mount Pleasant 1550
  • Nacogdoches 1705
  • Sulphur Springs 1251
  • Whitehouse 1469.5

4A Division I football

  • Athens 924
  • Henderson 945
  • Kilgore 1095
  • Lindale 1203
  • Livingston 1045
  • Palestine 984
  • Chapel Hill 1042

4A Division II Football

  • Brownsboro 751
  • Bullard 769
  • Carthage 824
  • Center 723
  • Gilmer 703
  • Jasper 694.5
  • Spring Hill 547
  • Pittsburg 704
  • Quinlan Ford 734
  • Rusk 602
  • Van 745
  • Wills Point 698

Non-football schools in 4A

  • Cumberland Academy 720
  • Hudson 846

3A Division I football

  • Crockett 357
  • Diboll 503
  • Elkhart 376
  • Eustace 456
  • Gladewater 500
  • Sabine 466
  • Huntington 491
  • Jefferson 379
  • Kirbyville 393
  • Malakoff 383
  • Mineola 493
  • Mont Vernon 493
  • Palestine Westwood 446
  • Rains 474
  • Tatum 483
  • Trinity 351
  • White Oak 429.5
  • Woodville 381
  • Winnsboro 461

3A Division II Football

  • Arp 268
  • Harmony 323
  • Corrigan 245
  • Daingerfield 289
  • New Diana 344
  • Edgewood 314
  • Elysian Fields 270
  • Grand Saline 301
  • Harleton 233
  • Hemphill 263
  • Hughes Springs 331
  • West Rusk 317
  • Newton 298
  • Paul Pewitt 242
  • Troup 320
  • Waskom 278
  • Winona 306

Non-football schools in 3A

  • Central 398
  • Central Heights 355
  • Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill 378
  • Onalaska 298
  • Tyler ISD Early College 350

2A DI Football

  • Alba Golden 227
  • Alto 188
  • Big Sandy 197
  • Cayuga 172
  • Como-Pickton 207
  • Frankston 225
  • Garrison 220
  • Grapeland 190
  • Groveton 218
  • Hawkins 214
  • Joaquin 184
  • Carlisle 172
  • San Augustine 195
  • Shelbyville 217.5
  • Timpson 213

2A Division II Football

  • Colmesneil 132
  • Cushing 160.5
  • Lovelady 146
  • Cross Roads 144
  • Mount Enterprise 121
  • Overton 138
  • Tenaha 159
  • West Sabine 159

Non-football 2A schools

  • Broaddus 107
  • Brookeland 112
  • Dallardsville Big Sandy 144
  • Douglass 135
  • East Texas Charters School 147(Longview)
  • Gary 130
  • Martins Mill 137
  • Martnsville 116
  • New Summerfield 135
  • Slocum 121
  • Spurger 112
  • North Hopkins 155
  • Woden 224

1A Division I Football

  • Fruitvale 102
  • Union Hill 98

1A Division II Football

  • Burkeville 75
  • Apple Springs 49
  • Chester 55

Non-football 1A schools

  • Avinger 51.87
  • Chireno 100
  • Goodrich 66
  • Centerville (Groveton) 42
  • Kennard 78
  • Laneville 50
  • Leggett 44
  • Neches 104.5
  • Wells 79

Numbers for the entire state can be found here.

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