The second step in the three-part process that is the University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment happened on Wednesday when the UIL released the cutoffs for the classifications to determine districts for the next two years.
Here are the overall cutoffs:
6A: 2190 and Above
1A: 104.9 and below
Here are the cutoffs for football divisions
1A Division I: 55.5–104.9
1A Division II: 55 and below
2A Division I: 161.5-224
2A Division II: 105-161.4
3A Division I: 335-504
3A Division II: 225–334
4A Division I: 790–1149
4A Division II: 505–789
5A Division I: 1840-2189
5A Division II: 1150–1839
The districts will be announced on February 1 but here is more of what was learned from the cutoffs being released:
We knew Sherman and Denison would be split from district football for the first time since 1993. This shows that Denison is actually closer to dropping to 4A (177 kids) than Sherman is to going 6A (253 kids).
Melissa surged into Class 4A Division I for football and Celina ended up going up as well but the Bobcats almost didn’t — they were over the cutoff by two kids.
Bonham was the biggest school that had a shakeup after the announcement. There was a chance the Warriors moved down and they did and it wasn’t that close. Bonham turned it 488 and the cutoff was 505 (a jump from 479), so it will be in 3A for all sports and in Division I for football.
In 3A Division I football, Howe stayed put by six kids but Callisburg fell below the line by three kids and will go back to 3A Division II.
That was a bit unexpected and creates something of a local logjam, since Bells was definitely coming up to Class 3A and Blue Ridge officially joined the Panthers by six kids. So that is three new teams to work in among the usual suspects.
Gunter football is creeping towards Class 3A Division I. The Tigers turned in 296 and the II/I cutoff went up to 335 from 318. In 2020 it will be something to watch.
After four years as a 2A program, Bells blew past the 3A/2A cutoff with 262 kids to return to 3A and Blue Ridge was the only one that was close to the number and found itself on the 3A side. The next closest to the dividing number of 225 is Tom Bean at 207.
Tioga knew it was going to Class 2A when it turned in 141 and the Bulldogs will be in Class 2A Division II for football for at least one cycle as the cutoff between Division II/I was 161.4
Fannindel is going to compete as a Class 1A Division II football program. The Falcons were Division I this past cycle by one student but dropped below the cutoff (55) with 49 kids.