CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The University Interscholastic League has announced its preliminary 2020-2022 realignments, which will affect some Corpus Christi-area schools.
Longtime Class 5A power Calallen will drop to a Class 4A school.
Tuloso-Midway is also moving from Class 5A to Class 4A.
Veterans Memorial, which has an enrollment of 2,108, was barely under the Class 6A enrollment cutoff of 2,200. Calallen’s enrollment of 1,187 and Tuloso-Midway’s enrollment of 1,155 were under the Class 5A enrollment of 1,210.
And Bishop was one student below the Class 4A cutoff and will remain in Class 3A. Bishop’s listed enrollment per the UIL release was 514. The cutoff was 515.
These are preliminary realignments and won’t become official until February.
They will go into effect for the 2020-21 school year.
Veteran Calallen coach Phil Danaher says the drop in classification for the Wildcats will make it tough for his program to schedule games.
“The problem that we have now is trying to find teams that will play us that we have played in the past,” Danaher said. “Because they are going to say you're a 4A and we don't want to play against a 4A in case we were to win and people in their community will say you got beat by a 4A.”
Tuloso-Midway coach Wade Miller said the move should benefit his program in all sports.
“I think we will have the opportunity to make the playoffs and winning a few more games, but it's going to be good for all our programs too,” Miller said. “Our girls programs are pretty powerful in 5A so it's really going to help them with the drop to 4A.”
Here’s a list of Coastal Bend Schools and their 2019 enrollment that was used for classification purposes.
Veterans Memorial 2,108, Victoria East 1,965, Victoria West 1,852, Ray 1,825, Flour Bluff 1,817, Moody 1,631, King 1,549, Carroll 1,416, Gregory-Portland 1,343, Miller 1,219, Calallen 1,187, Tuloso-Midway 1,155, Port Lavaca Calhoun 1,098.
Beeville 1,016, Kingsville 884, Rockport-Fulton 875, Robstown 703.5, Ingleside 641, Sinton 620, West Oso 617, Orange Grove 509.
Bishop 514, Aransas Pass 470, Mathis 449, Falfurrias 391, San Diego 380, Santa Gertrudis Academy 367, London 353, George West 332, Hebbronville 317, Odem 276, Banquete 274, Skidmore-Tynan 266, Taft 263.
Freer 222, Refugio 204.5. Three Rivers 197, Premont 190, Port Aransas 187, Ben Bolt 178, Rivera 174, Agua Dulce 130, Woodsboro 116.
And here are the UIL conference cutoff numbers that were used for the 2020-2022 realignment:
- Class 6A – 2,220 students and above
- Class 5A – 1,210 students to 2,219.
- Class 4A – 515 students to 1,209.
- Class 3A – 230 students to 514.
- Class 2A – 105 students to 229.
- Class 1A – 104.9 students and below.