The University Interscholastic League released the cutoff enrollment numbers for its upcoming realignment on Monday, and there was only one Texoma school affected in terms of switching classifications.

The University Interscholastic League released the cutoff enrollment numbers for its upcoming realignment on Monday, and there was only one Texoma school affected in terms of switching classifications.


The lone team that will be changing classifications for the next two years is Bells, which turned in an enrollment of 210 — 10 students below the cutoff to remain where it has been. This is the first time Bells has changed classifications since 1990, when it moved up from Class 1A.


"I think this will give us a better chance to compete," Bells superintendent Joe Moore said. "We had heard rumors that we could drop based on our numbers."


Tom Bean almost joined the Panthers in a move down but stayed put by 10 students.


The enrollment cutoffs are — 6A: 2,100 and above; 5A: 1,060-2,099; 4A: 465-1,059; 3A: 220-464; 2A: 105-219; 1A: 104.9 and below.


With almost all area enrollment numbers known through various sources, almost any other movement that will take place comes between districts. The UIL will announce its full realignment and what districts will look like for 2014-2016 on February 3.


For Sherman and Denison, this means that the rivals will remain in the same district for at least another two seasons in what is now known as 5A. Both schools were not particularly close to the cutoffs on either end, although the Yellow Jackets are creeping closer to the line and almost within 150 students of a move.


Denison turned in 1,216, which was 75 fewer than in 2012. The cutoff moved up from 1,005 to 1,060. Sherman turned in 1,784, well below the cutoff for the largest classification at 2,100.


The Bearcats and Jackets can expect a change, however small, to its current district. McKinney High dropped down and will need to be paired with McKinney North, so the current 13-4A will have to either accommodate another school and be a nine-team district or shift around completely. That leaves the potential for Sherman and Denison to move west or east depending on how the UIL pieces things together.


All current 13-4A schools will remain in the same classification. Greenville just missed dropping down.


This time around there are a few changes to realignment, including the renaming of classifications. What is currently known as Class 5A, the largest classification in the state, will become 6A. Every descending class moves up a number, finishing with six-man football now being called Class 1A. So while Bells is moving down, it will still be in 2A while its districtmates Gunter, Whitewright, Tom Bean, S&S and Leonard are in what will be Class 3A.


Another change by the UIL this time around is the splitting of what is currently Class 3A for football before the playoffs, like 2A, 1A and six-man have been doing.


The divisional cutoffs are as follows — 4A Division I: 686-1,059; 4A Division II: 465-685; 3A Division I: 315-464; 3A Division II: 220-314; 2A Division I: 158-219; 2A Division II: 105-157; 1A Division I: 55-104.9; 1A Division II: 54 and below.


All of the area 3As, who will be known as 4A, will be Division II schools. Anna, Melissa, Bonham and Celina could all end up in the same district. Gainesville will be in Division I, going over the cutoff by 24 students.


Howe will be shifting from Division I to Division II for football and with Bells’ move down could slide right into the void left by the Panthers’ departure from the current 7-2A (II) alignment.


Collinsville and Wolfe City will drop to Division II. The Pirates got under the cutoff by nine while the Wolves missed it by 17.


Fannindel will move from Division I to Division II for six-man football after turning in an enrollment of 52, which was two below the cutoff for the Falcons to stay put.