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2022-24 UIL Realignment: Ellis County high schools land in new districts

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports

….and we wait no more! The UIL released the new fall and winter sports districts for high school athletics at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3. Scroll down to see where your program landed!

Congratulations are in order for the Italy Lady Gladiator volleyball team, who has already clinched a District 13-2A playoff berth in each of the next two seasons. The Lady Gladiators landed in a four-team, volleyball-only district alongside Frost, Itasca and Rio Vista.

Waxahachie received no reprieve upon realignment to District 11-6A, as the Indians will still face the stiffest competition in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, if not the state. Waxahachie is joined in the newest version of the “District of Doom” by Cedar Hill, Dallas Skyline, DeSoto, Duncanville, Mansfield, Mansfield Lake Ridge and Mansfield Legacy.

Following an internal review and calculations, the UIL released the following conference cutoffs for the biannual 2022-24 reclassification and realignment in early December: 

• 6A — 2225 and above

• 5A — 1300 – 2224

• 4A — 545 – 1299

• 3A — 250 – 544

• 2A — 105 – 249

• 1A — 104.9 and below

All enrollment numbers — such as the 1,512 submitted by now-Class 5A Midlothian Heritage — were submitted to the UIL on Snapshot Day, Oct. 29. 

In addition to Heritage jumping from 4A to 5A, Palmer and Maypearl missed moving up to 3A DI by 19 and 14 students, respectively. Italy is also now just 41 high school kids from jumping up a classification to 3A. 

It should be noted that football is the only sport that divides the 1A-5A classifications into two divisions — often referred to as big-school and small-school, or Division-I and Division-II. Class 6A does split into Division I and II for the postseason only.

All other sports and extracurricular activities fall into the simple 1A-6A format. 

The new division breaks for 1A-5A football are as follows: 

• 5A Division I — 1925 – 2224 (132 schools)

• 5A Division II — 1300 – 1924 (119 schools)

• 4A Division I — 880 – 1299 (99 schools)

• 4A Division II — 545 – 879 (94 schools)

• 3A Division I — 360 – 544 (102 schools)

• 3A Division II — 250 – 359 (102 schools)

• 2A Division I — 164.5 – 249 (106 schools)

• 2A Division II — 105 – 164.4 (102 schools)

• 1A Division I — 59.5 – 104.9 (75 schools)

• 1A Division II — 59.4 and below (73 schools)

Waxahachie is 607 students over the 6A threshold with a snapshot enrollment of 2,832.5, which is 98th out of 249 schools in the state’s highest classification.

Beaumont United is the smallest 6A program with 2,230 students, just five above the 2,225-student threshold. Highland Park, a program that has long snuck by the jump in classification (first from 4A to 5A and then 5A to 6A), finally received their long-awaited bump, as the Scots are now the fifth-smallest 6A program in Texas (2,245.5)

Allen remains the largest high school in the state, checking in with 7,102 students. There are at least eight others with 4,000 or more students and another 70 with over 3,000. 

Outside of Midlothian Heritage jumping to Class 5A, the program that will see the most change next fall is the Ennis Lions.

Oddly enough, the Heritage Jaguars could — and should — be one of the newest district foes for the Lions.

Ennis has dominated District 8-5A Division II on the gridiron the past two seasons, finishing both undefeated and ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in 5A, respectively. 

If you’d like to know all of the details on how the programs fared on Snapshot Day or what their movement included, click here! 

How Realignment Played Out

Below are the UIL districts for the 2022-24 seasons (2020-22 districts in italics underneath; teams that have moved up or down within those previous districts are identified with their new classification in parenthesis):

WAXAHACHIE

2022-24 FOOTBALL & ALL OTHERS (11-6A): Cedar Hill, Dallas Skyline, DeSoto, Duncanville, Mansfield, Mansfield Lake Ridge, Mansfield Legacy, Waxahachie 

2020-22 FOOTBALL & ALL OTHERS (11-6A): Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Mansfield, Mansfield Lake Ridge, Waco (now 5A DI), Waco Midway, Waxahachie

MIDLOTHIAN

2022-24 FOOTBALL (4-5A DI): Cleburne, Granbury, Killeen, Killeen Ellison, Killeen Shoemaker, Lake Belton, Midlothian, Red Oak, Waco

2020-22 FOOTBALL (4-5A DI): Burleson Centennial, Colleyville Heritage (now 5A DII), Mansfield Legacy (now 6A), Mansfield Summit (now 5A DII by 2 students), Midlothian, North Richland Hills Birdville, North Richland Hills Richland, Red Oak

2022-24 NON-FOOTBALL (8-5A): Arlington Seguin, Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Cleburne, Joshua, Mansfield Summit, Mansfield Timberview, Midlothian, Midlothian Heritage

2020-22 NON-FOOTBALL (14-5A): Cleburne, Corsicana, Ennis, Joshua, Midlothian, Red Oak, Waco University

RED OAK

2022-24 FOOTBALL (4-5A DI): Cleburne, Granbury, Killeen, Killeen Ellison, Killeen Shoemaker, Lake Belton, Midlothian, Red Oak, Waco

2020-22 FOOTBALL (4-5A DI): Burleson Centennial, Colleyville Heritage (now 5A DII), Mansfield Legacy (now 6A), Mansfield Summit (now 5A DII by 2 students), Midlothian, North Richland Hills Birdville, North Richland Hills Richland, Red Oak

2022-24 NON-FOOTBALL (14-5A) Corsicana, Crandall, Ennis, Forney, Lancaster, Red Oak, Terrell

2020-22 NON-FOOTBALL (14-5A): Cleburne, Corsicana, Ennis, Joshua, Midlothian, Red Oak, Waco University

ENNIS

2022-24 FOOTBALL (5-5A DII): Arlington Seguin, Burleson, Corsicana, Ennis, Everman, Joshua, Mansfield Summit, Midlothian Heritage

2020-22 FOOTBALL (8-5A DII): Corsicana, Crandall, Ennis, Forney (now 5A DI), Greenville, North Forney (now 6A), Royse City(now 6A), Sulphur Springs (now 4A DI)

2022-24 NON-FOOTBALL (14-5A) Corsicana, Crandall, Ennis, Forney, Lancaster, Red Oak, Terrell

2020-22 NON-FOOTBALL (14-5A): Cleburne, Corsicana, Ennis, Joshua, Midlothian, Red Oak, Waco University

MIDLOTHIAN HERITAGE 

2022-24 FOOTBALL (5-5A DII): Arlington Seguin, Burleson, Corsicana, Ennis, Everman, Joshua, Mansfield Summit, Midlothian Heritage

2020-22 FOOTBALL (5-4A DI): Alvarado, Brownwood, Midlothian Heritage (now 5A DII), Stephenville, Waco La Vega, Waxahachie Life

2022-24 NON-FOOTBALL (8-5A): Arlington Seguin, Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Cleburne, Joshua, Mansfield Summit, Mansfield Timberview, Midlothian, Midlothian Heritage

2020-22 NON-FOOTBALL (11-4A): Alvarado, Ferris, Godley, Hillsboro, Midlothian Heritage (now 5A DII), Venus, Waxahachie Life

LIFE WAXAHACHIE

2022-24 FOOTBALL (5-5A DI): Alvarado, China Spring, Stephenville, Waco La Vega, Waxahachie Life 

2020-22 FOOTBALL (5-4A DI): Alvarado, Brownwood, Midlothian Heritage (now 5A DII), Stephenville, Waco La Vega, Waxahachie Life

2022-24 NON-FOOTBALL (10-4A): Alvarado, Ferris, Godley, Hillsboro, Kennedale, Venus, Waxahachie Life

2020-22 NON-FOOTBALL (11-4A): Alvarado, Ferris, Godley, Hillsboro, Midlothian Heritage (now 5A DII), Venus, Waxahachie Life

FERRIS

2022-24 FOOTBALL (4-4A DI): Ferris, Ft Worth Benbrook, Glen Rose, Godley, Hillsboro, Venus

2020-22 FOOTBALL (5-4A DII): Ferris, Glen Rose, Godley, Hillsboro, Venus

2022-24 NON-FOOTBALL (10-4A): Alvarado, Ferris, Godley, Hillsboro, Kennedale, Venus, Waxahachie Life

2020-22 NON-FOOTBALL (11-4A): Alvarado, Ferris, Godley, Hillsboro, Midlothian Heritage (now 5A DII), Venus, Waxahachie Life

MAYPEARL

2022-24 FOOTBALL (7-3A DI): Dallas A+, Dallas Gateway Charter Academy, Dallas Life Oak Cliff, Dallas Madison, Grandview, Inspired Vision Academy Dallas, Maypearl, West, Whitney

2020-22 FOOTBALL (7-3A DI): Dallas A+, Dallas Life Oak Cliff, Dallas Madison, Grandview, Maypearl, West, Whitney

2022-24 BASKETBALL (17-3A): Clifton, Grandview, Keene, Maypearl, West, Whitney 

2020-22 NON-FOOTBALL (9-3A): Dallas A+, Dallas Gateway Charter Academy (now 2A), Dallas Life Oak Cliff, Dallas Madison, Grandview, Keene, Maypearl, UME Prep. Acad., Uplift Hampton Prep

2022-24 VOLLEYBALL (17-3A): Clifton, Grandview, HSI – Waco, Keene, Maypearl, West, Whitney

PALMER

2022-24 FOOTBALL (7-3A DII): Arlington Trinity Leadership, Blooming Grove, Cedar Hill  Newman, Mildred, Palmer, Rice, Scurry-Rosser 

2020-22 FOOTBALL (7-3A DII): Blooming Grove, Dallas Gateway Charter Academy (now 2A DI), Edgewood, Mildred (now 3A DI), Palmer, Rice, Scurry-Rosser

2022-24 NON-FOOTBALL (18-3A): Blooming Grove, Eustace, Kemp, Malakoff, Mildred, Palmer, Rice, Scurry-Rosser

2020-22 NON-FOOTBALL (18-3A): Blooming Grove, Eustace, Kemp, Malakoff, Mildred, Palmer, Rice, Scurry-Rosser

ITALY

2022-24 FOOTBALL (7-2A DI): Axtell, Cayuga, Italy, Itasca, Kerens, Malakoff Cross Roads, Rio Vista

2020-22 FOOTBALL (8-2A DI): Axtell, Cayuga, Dawson (now 2A DII), Italy, Kerens, Marlin

2022-24 BASKETBALL(12-2A): Frost, Hamilton, Italy, Itasca, Rio Vista, Valley Mills

2020-22 BASKETBALL (12-2A): Frost, Hamilton, Italy, Itasca, Meridian (opt up to 2A), Rio Vista, Valley Mills

2022-24 VOLLEYBALL (13-2A): Frost, Italy, Itasca, Rio Vista

2020-22 VOLLEYBALL (15-2A): Italy, Itasca, Rio Vista, Avalon, Blum, Covington, Kopperl, TLC – Arlington

AVALON

2022-24 FOOTBALL (11-1A DI): Avalon, Blum, Covington, Milford, Three-Way School 

2020-22 FOOTBALL (11-1A DI): Avalon, Blum, Bynum, Covington, Milford

2022-24 BASKETBALL (26-1A): Avalon, Bynum, Coolidge, Milford, Oakwood, Penelope, Trinidad

2020-22 NON-FOOTBALL (26-1A): Avalon, Bynum, Coolidge, Hubbard, Milford, Penelope, Trinidad

2022-24 VOLLEYBALL (22-1A): Avalon, Coolidge, Oakwood, Trinidad

MILFORD 

2022-24 FOOTBALL (11-1A DI): Avalon, Blum, Covington, Milford, Three-Way School 

2020-22 FOOTBALL (11-1A DI): Avalon, Blum, Bynum, Covington, Milford

2022-24 BASKETBALL (26-1A): Avalon, Bynum, Coolidge, Milford, Oakwood, Penelope, Trinidad

2020-22 NON-FOOTBALL (26-1A): Avalon, Bynum, Coolidge, Hubbard, Milford, Penelope, Trinidad

2022-24 VOLLEYBALL (23-1A): Bynum, Milford, Mount Calm, Penelope

About Travis M. Smith

Travis M. Smith serves as the digital sports director for KBEC Sports. He is the former managing editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Glen Rose Reporter.

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