UIL Realignment: The New District 3-6A 2014 2/3/2014
February 3, 2014
If there was one thing ECISD and MISD hoped to avoid, it was a monster district made up of 10-11 teams. So when this year's UIL Realignment came down, the Athletic Directors were definitely all smiles.
"When you have that massive district, it's really an advantage for football because you only have to find a few (out of district) games," said ECISD Athletic Director Todd Vesely. "It's the sports that play twice a week, Tuesday nights up and back to Amarillo, those are very difficult. It takes kids out of class a lot and that's our main concern: keeping kids in the classroom."
"We were glad to see the Little Southwest Conference is almost back together," said MISD Athletic Director Todd Howey. "We're all there minus Cooper. There are no major surprises at all."
Abilene, Midland High, Midland Lee, Odessa, Odessa Permian and San Angelo Central all grouped together in the new District 3-6A.
"I was real excited to see that Abilene High stayed with us," said MISD Athletic Director Todd Howey. "Our biggest concern was that Abilene High might go East and leave us in a five-team league. and you don't want in a five-team league. When you are in a five-team league you can actually send a football team to the playoffs that is 1 and 9 or 2 and 8."
Now, it's all about scheduling those non-district games. After the packets of the new districts were released, everyone grabbed their cell phones and got to work.
"exchange, you've just got to kind of hustle and get out there and I feel like we've made good progress," said Vesely.
"We have everything set tentatively it's all in pencil right now," Howey said. "We are going to play some El Paso schools, we are going to go back to Dallas and play LD bells probably and a game with Southlake Carroll for lee so, we got some games penciled in that's going to be a very competitive and very strong football schedule."
It's not just about traveling out of our area though for the non-district schedule. Howey also said he is excited about the schools that will be visiting the Permian Basin.
"We are bringing in some schools we haven't played before," he explained. "The Smithson Valleys and the Kellers we haven't seen before. It's a pretty strong schedule and we are getting some teams to come out here that don't normally come out here from the Metroplex."
The new realignment goes into effect next August, the 2014-2015 school year.