Football got most of the attention Monday morning with the announcement of the University Interscholastic League’s realignment, but the rest of Texas high school sports were placed in new districts for the upcoming two school years, as well.
For the school years of 2020-21, and 2021-22, Kilgore High School athletics (except football and soccer) will compete in District 16-4A (the same number as the last two years). The Bulldogs’ baseball, volleyball, track, softball, and basketball teams will compete against Bullard, Cumberland Academy, Henderson, Lindale, Spring Hill and Chapel Hill.
Volleyball had its best year since the early 1990s this past season, finishing second to Bullard in district play and finally breaking through to win a first-round playoff game (they beat North Lamar). Basketball, of course, is currently being decided, and tennis, track and golf have yet to start.
Soccer, also currently in season, will be a different alignment, to be announced.
For Sabine and West Rusk, both in Class 3A, there were some changes.
Sabine sports (besides football and soccer) will play in District 15-3A, with White Oak and Gladewater, as well as Daingerfield, New Diana, Hughes Springs and Ore City. West Rusk will be in District 16-3A, alongside Arp, Elysian Fields, Harleton, Jefferson, Tatum, Troup and Waskom.
Overton will play in District 21-2A, with Beckville, Big Sandy, Union Grove, Hawkins and Carlisle, and in volleyball, the Lady Mustangs – as well as Leverett’s Chapel – will play in District 19-2A, with Big Sandy, Union Grove, Hawkins, Carlisle and Union Hill.
Here is the News Herald's story on football realignment: https://www.kilgorenewsherald.com/sports/high-school-sports-uil-realignment-kilgore-s-new-district-rivals/article_5a9b31e0-469d-11ea-bc9c-3b47e1314b87.html