Central Texas school districts see shake-up with realignment

Westlake vs. Lake Travis Football game
Westlake vs. Lake Travis Football game

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Every two years, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) sets new enrollment numbers that will determine a school’s classification, which also means a potential shuffling of districts. Monday morning, the UIL released its reclassification and realignment for schools across the state and in Central Texas, there are some big changes.

Classification is only part of the realignment, districts will change, which ultimately is the most important factor when it comes to qualifying for the playoffs. Last year, district 25-5A was considered one of, if not, the most competitive in the state. Cedar Park emerged as the State Champion in Division 2 and both Vista Ridge and Vandegrift were both ranked in the top 10 for most of the season with Vista Ridge advancing to the state semifinals. With Vista Ridge and Vandegrift moving up to 6A, the look of that district will be much different.

District 25-6A, Region 2

Take Aways: Westlake and Lake Travis stay together, but they now now move away from the Austin Independent School District’s 6A schools. Vista Ridge, Vandegrift, and Leander all move up to 6A. Vista Ridge made it to the state semifinals in 5A last year while Vandegrift made it to the quarterfinals in 5A.

Vandegrift head coach Drew Sanders on the move: “It’s exciting because I’ve been here from the very beginning and now we’ve gotten where we’ve been fairly successful in the 5A ranks. To go up and compete with the big boys, that’s kind of what I’m excited about if we can (compete) and I think we can.”

  • Westlake
  • Lake travis
  • Leander
  • Vandegrift (moving up from 5A)
  • Vista Ridge (moving up from 5A)
  • Hays
  • Lehman

District 14-6A, Region 2

Take Aways: No real changes out of this district.

  • Round rock
  • Westwood
  • Cedar ridge
  • Stony point
  • Mcneil
  • Hendrickson
  • Pflugerville

District 13-6A, Region 2

Take Aways: Manor moves up from 5A to 6A, as does San Marcos.

Manor head coach Sadd Jackson on move to 6A: “Ready or not here it comes. Our kids are resilient, they’re going to fight and do the things to compete. It’s amazing 25 years ago we were 2A. Now, here we are, Manor has grown so much that we’re a 6A.”

  • Akins
  • Anderson
  • Bowie
  • Manor (moving up from 5A)
  • San Marcos (moving up from 5A)
  • Del Valle

District 19-5A

Take Aways: Rouse moves from 6A to 5A in a rare nine-team district which means they will play just two non-district games. Cedar Park is defending state champ in 5A Div. 2

  • Cedar Park
  • Georgetown
  • East View
  • Rouse (moving down from 6A)
  • Hutto
  • Elgin
  • Connally
  • Bastrop
  • Cedar creek

District 25-5A

Take Aways: AISD’s Austin High moves to class 5A.

Austin High football coach Mike Rosenthal on the classification drop: “Something always changes with this thing. It’s always fun to see it and I like it because it always gives you a fresh opponent. A fresh challenge, new faces…just seems like every year there’s one or two new faces you get to prepare for.”

  • LBJ
  • Austin** (moving down from 6a)
  • Mccallum
  • Crockett
  • Lanier
  • Reagan
  • Travis

District 26-5A

Take Aways: No major changes in this district.

  • Marble falls
  • Dripping springs
  • Lockhart
  • Kerrville Tivy
  • Alamo heights
  • Boerne Champion
  • Medina Valley
  • Seguin

KXAN Sports will have full coverage of the potential changes on Monday.

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