HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS

UIL releases cutoff numbers, little local change

Kilgore stays in 4A, DI; West Rusk likely moves up to bigger 3A; Sabine, Overton, LC should hold status quo

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With the University Interscholastic League’s bi-annual realignment coming in February, the governing body of all things Texas high school sports released the numbers this week that give schools a pretty good idea of at least what classification they’ll compete in the next two years.

It looks like for the Kilgore area, there’s not a lot of change, as far as classifications of area schools. Based on snapshot numbers the schools provided the UIL in October, Kilgore will remain in Class 4A, Division I, for instance, but some of the schools that were in Kilgore’s district the last couple of years – Bullard and Center, for example – might not be, in the new realignment, which is based on enrollment numbers of each high school.

Exactly what district Kilgore and all state schools will compete will be released by the UIL on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Texas has a range of Class 1A, Division II (the smallest schools in the state) to Class 6A (schools that have enrollments of more 2,190 students). Four schools in East Texas – Longview, Tyler Lee, John Tyler, and Lufkin – have enrollments over 2,000. Longview and Lee each turned in a snapshot number of over 2,200 (Longview turned in 2,242, and Lee, 2,222). If those numbers are correct, both the Lobos and Rebels will remain in comfortably in Class 6A.

Lufkin will also remain where it was, in 5A, Division I, a bigger 5A, as will John Tyler. Longview-area schools Pine Tree (1,307) and Hallsville (1,461) will remain in 5A, Division II.

Kilgore’s snapshot number is 1,119, meaning the Bulldogs will stay in 4A by about 30 students – there had been some that thought the Bulldogs might move up into the 5A, DII category. But that won’t happen.

Kilgore is losing two rivals from the last realignment. Both Bullard and Center issued numbers under the 4A, DI cutoff – Bullard and Center will both drop to 4A, DII, meaning the UIL, when figuring realignment, will have to come up with a new “District of Doom.”

Carthage turned in a snapshot of 794 – that’s just four students above the cutoff for 4A, DI and 4A, DII. Henderson turned in 951, and Chapel Hill, 1,055.

The cutoff numbers also reveal that Sabine (a 425 snapshot) will remain in Class 3A, DI, the bigger 3A. West Rusk, which has been at the smaller 3A the last two seasons, turned in 336 – that’s just one student above the 3A DI-D2 cutoff, meaning West Rusk will move up, possibly into a district with Sabine.

Overton submitted a snapshot number of 134, and will remain in Class 2A, Division II. Leverett’s Chapel’s snapshot was 58, just three over 1A’s DI-D2 cutoff. LC will remain 1A, Division I.

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