AUSTIN, TX - Today marked the cutoff for the University Interscholastic League, as they came out with their conference numbers for reclassification. It marked a few differences for some schools across the Coastal Bend.
For one school that didn't change and thought it could have the chance of up moving up to 6A, was Corpus Christi's Veterans Memorial. However, from UIL's new enrollment numbers, Veterans Memorial barely hit the mark. For 6A schools, enrollment must be at least 2,190, Veterans was at 2,164. When Cody Simper talked about the reclassification he said, "well we ended up where we thought we were going to end up, we had a pretty good idea that we were going to be a 5A division one team. There had been some surprises with the redistricting, the numbers a lot higher than people expected it was going to be for the 5A/6A cutoff so that'll shake some things up as far as who ends up in a district with us and who'll end up in our region and so forth."
As for a school that has big changes coming in the 2018 school year, Premont ISD will now get to join in on the Friday Night Fever fun. The Cowboys will have their first varsity football team since 2011, and they will also have the first women's softball team in the school's history. $25,000 has already been granted to the Premont athletic department and aside from already having a head coach, the school intends to add more staff next year. "On Friday nights throughout the state of Texas and other communities in other states you have a community huddle, people come together and not only watch the football team, but watch the cheerleaders, the band, and we haven't had that in Premont. And when you haven't had that it's a vital part of a comprehensive high school that's missing, we're gonna get that now," says Premont ISD Superintendent Steve VanMatre.
As for a few other changes thorughout the Coastal Bend, Rockport Fulton and Robstown will drop to 4A Division II from Division I. Aransas Pass drops from 4A Division II to 3A, when Aransas Pass Head Coach Ryan Knostman talked with KRIS 6 he said, "After Harvey we lost about 10% of our high school enrollment. AT the start of the year we were anticipating to be around 480-490. At the snapshot, we turned in 447. So, in regards to reclassification it didn't affect us. Athletics wise, the benefit will be that we will be playing schools a lot closer to our size." Aransas Pass will now be in the upper range of 3A's.
For Reclassification Conference numbers: http://www.uiltexas.org/athletics/conference-cutoffs
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