Realignment by UIL brings a few surprises for area schools

PEARLAND — Every two years, schools report how many students are enrolled at their school. The University Interscholastic League then takes those numbers, subdivides them into relatively equal classes, and – based largely on geography – determines which district each team will play in.

No one is quite sure what the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is going to do with the realignment before being announced. As one local coach remarked, "It is what it is!"

The new districts were announced on Monday, Feb. 1 for all the schools across the state of Texas.

Pearland and Dawson were taken out of District 22-6A and placed into the District 23-6A with Alief Elsik, Alief Hastings, Alief Taylor, Brazoswood, and Richmond George Ranch, who moved up from 5A to 6A.

That gives Pearland and Dawson a seven-team district and will allow them to have three non-district games before the district competition begins.

Manvel, who dropped down to Class 5A because their enrollment dropped below the 2,150 mark needed for 6A, and the new Alvin ISD Shadow Creek High School were placed in District 23-5A with Fort Bend Elkins, FB Marshall, FB Willowridge, Galena Park, Galveston Ball, Santa Fe, and Texas City.

Friendswood remains in 24-6A with Alvin being moved to that district with Dickinson, Clear Brook, Clear Lake, Clear Creek, Clear Falls, and Clear Springs.