Though Mabank is the lone Henderson County area school changing classification, the others didn’t completely escape the winds of change. Without exception, all districts have new looks.

Mabank, with an Average Daily Membership of 984, missed by five students remaining in Class 3A. The cut-off number used for the University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment announced Friday was 979.

Eustace, the HC area’s other bubble school, remained in 3A, but barely. Eustace’s ADM of 432 was just three shy of dropping the school to 2A.

“We thought we might have a chance (to drop), but we were prepared in the event we didn’t,” first-year Eustace athletic direc-tor/head football coach Doug Wendel said. “I am surprised they shook our district up the way they did.”

Eustace will compete in District 14-AAA with Kemp, Canton, Mineola, Van and Wills Point.

“I was comfortable playing the teams we play (in the current 13-AAA), but we are going to play our schedule and none of our goals have changed.”

Mabank was sent north into District 15-AAAA to compete with Forney, Lancaster, Mesquite Poteet, Red Oak, Terrell and West Mesquite.

Athens and Brownsboro will remain together, but not in the current 14-AAA makeup. The two schools were sent south into Region III and District 20-AAA to compete with Palestine, Palestine Westwood, Fairfield and Crockett.

“I like it in that we will see some teams we’ve not seen before,” AHS head coach Jim Wommack said. “But travel-wise, it’s a big district. It’s a pretty good trip for us and Brownsboro to Crockett and Fairfield.”

“There really are some travel issues with it, especially when you think about weeknight basketball games,” AHS athletic director Keith Durrett said. “It’s going to be a competitive district in all sports, but the district we’re in now is as well, so we’re prepared from that standpoint.

“I’m not shocked we were sent south, but I never imagined we would be in Region III.”

“Top to bottom, it will be a tough football district,” Wommack said. “There’s a lot of speed in it and it will be a solid district.”

Malakoff also changed regions in Class 2A, going from III to II. The school will compete in 14-AA with Blooming Grove, Mildred, Edgewood, Kerens, Rice, Scurry-Rosser and Sunnyvale, which will only play basketball.

Cross Roads will compete in football in District 20 with Alto, Cayuga, Cushing, Grapeland, Overton and Carlisle.

In basketball, Cross Roads will play in District 21-A with LaPoynor, Cayuga, Dawson, Hubbard and Wortham.

In six-man football, Trinidad will compete in 14 with Apple Springs, Avalon, Coolidge, Oakwood and Penelope.

Trinidad will compete in District 19-A in basketball with Abbott, Avalon, Bynum, Coolidge, Frost and Milford.

Here are the cut-off figures used to determine classification: 5A — 2,085 and above; 4A — 980-1,084; 3A — 430-979; 2A — 200-429; A — 199 and below.

Realignment is effective for two school years at the start of the 2008-09 school year.




Week 0 — Wills Point

Week 1 — Mabank

Week 2 — Bullard

Week 3 — Mexia

Week 4 — Chapel HIll

Week 5 — OPEN

Sites of non-district games and District 20-AAA scheduled to be determined.

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