Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 29, 2013

GC Sports: UIL’s new plan hardly affects GC teams

By MikePhillips
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The labels will change but almost everything else is expected to stay the same for the teams in the Golden Circle when the UIL adds another “A” to the sports classifications in February.

The UIL will have six classes instead of five, but the change will primarily affect six-man football, which will move up and be labeled Class 1A.

Every school in the state had to turn in snapshot numbers of their current enrollment to the UIL on Friday, and it appears there won’t be any major changes in classification for the nine schools in the Golden Circle other than adding an ‘A”.

With six-man football becoming Class 1A, Kerens (176 enrollment), Frost (115), Dawson (136), Hubbard (135) and Wortham (137) will move to Class 2A and will likely stay in the same division and compete against most of the same schools in their current districts.

There is speculation Italy, which is not in the Golden Circle, might move up in class and that would affect what is now District 6-1A D II that includes Kerens.

Mildred (237), Rice (267) and Blooming Grove (289) will move from Class 2A to Class 3A.

All three of those GC schools play football in District 6-2A DII. There is speculation that the new classifications would affect Tolar and Scurry-Rosser, which are both in 6-2A DII now.

“No one is expecting any change (among Blooming Grove, Rice and Mildred),’’  Blooming Grove football coach and AD Gary Grubbs said.

Corsicana will be in Class 5A next year and the largest class in the state will be Class 6A and consists of the highest enrollments in the state.

The cutoff numbers are unknown, but based on estimates none of the nine schools in the Golden Circle are bubble schools.

 “We don’t know what the exact number is yet. What they are doing is putting the largest 200 schools in Class 6A and then going from there,’’ said Corsicana AD Billy Harlan, who oversees athletics and all extra-curricular activities at CHS.

Harlan knows his Tigers will be in Class 5A but has no idea where or who they will play in their district.

The Tigers have been in an East Texas district the past two years, competing in a league with Nacogdoches, Tyler, Lindale, Whitehouse and Jacksonville. Harlan isn’t sure what will happen to that district. Lufkin and Longview, which are in Class 5A now,   are not expected to be in Class 6A when the changes go into effect, which would mean two East Texas schools to add to the new Class 5A mix.

The UIL will meet in February to decide who plays where when it realigns the districts. Harlan said the UIL will release the information on the classifications next month.

“We’ll have a better idea then,’’ said Harlan, who knows all too well that Corsicana is in a kind of no-man’s land.

“Before we were the district we’re in now with six teams we were in a nine-team district,’’ he said. “In a six-team district you have to find five non-district football games. In a nine-team district you are playing district games in the third week of the season. Obviously, a seven-team district is the best thing.

“We will just have to wait and see.’’