Trust me when I say that I really do like basketball. In fact, basketball is one of my favorite sports to watch, report on and even play (poorly). But with that said, one of the saddest moments on the calendar for high school sports writers and fans is when we turn our attention to basketball season.
While the action is over for fall sports, there are still honors to be announced.
Today’s sports lists out all-district football honors for 24-6A and 12-3A-I (23-5A will be unveiled when all teams from that district are eliminated from the playoffs — currently, Manvel and Fort Bend Marshall are still in the mix). All-county volleyball will be printed Sunday, and all-county football should come shortly thereafter.
We can also now ramp up speculation regarding realigned football districts, as the UIL on Wednesday revealed the cutoff numbers for each class and each division.
As penned in previous columns, the most interesting development, locally, will be the fate of the District 23-5A teams, as Class 5A teams will be pre-split into two divisions based on enrollment (Division I: 1,840 to 2,189; Division II: 1,150 to 1,839), starting next season.
County teams Ball High (2,077) and Texas City (1,904) are now officially Class 5A, Division I, while Santa Fe (1,442) is Class 5A, Division II.
The major surprise Wednesday was Manvel (1,835.5) falling below the cutoff for Class 5A, Division I, and the Mavericks will likely be joining current 23-5A foes Santa Fe, Fort Bend Marshall (1,264) and Fort Bend Willowridge (1,325) in a new 5A-II district. Other candidates to fill out that district include Lamar Consolidated (1,719), Port Lavaca Calhoun (1,167) and new program Katy Paetow (1,452).
If this is the case, Santa Fe football fans should really like their chances to make the playoffs next season.
The new 5A-I district that Ball High and Texas City might find themselves in next year could be much more difficult.
Dropping down from Class 6A, Friendswood (2,111) and Fort Bend Hightower (2,053) are probable candidates to join that district, as will be brand-new program Alvin Shadow Creek (which is actually the state’s largest 5A team at 2,188).
Current 23-5A team Galena Park (1,998) could very well be a part of this group, but the Yellowjackets could also be pushed elsewhere if Angleton (2,009), Richmond Foster (2,061) and Rosenberg Terry (2,096) all join the fold.
In Class 6A (2,189 or more), little is likely to change in District 24-6A for Clear Creek (2,473), Clear Falls (2,793), Clear Springs (2,871) and Dickinson (2,924). Either they’ll go with the current seven teams (minus Friendswood) or welcome back Brazoswood (2,576) to maintain an eight-team district.
La Marque (688) moves back up to Class 4A, Division II (505 to 789), and Hitchcock (353) remains at Class 3A, Division I (335 to 504). High Island (66) will remain in Class 1A, Division I (55.5 to 104.9).
With sub-Class 5A teams, projecting districts is difficult as the geography spreads further and wider as the classifications get lower and lower.
The UIL will announce its 2018-2020 biennial realignment Feb. 1.