Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local Sports

December 4, 2013

UIL releases classification cutoff numbers for 2014-16 realignment


When the University Interscholastic League releases its reclassification and redistricting information on all Texas public high schools in February, Mineral Wells High School will once again be classified in a 4A district.

But all is not what it appears.

On Monday, the UIL released the classification cutoff numbers for the 2014-16 reclassification and realignment.

Although everything appears different, it is really the same.

The UIL will add a Class 6A, but what that really means are schools designated today as Class 5A schools will bump up to Class 6A, if their enrollment numbers fall above 2,100 students.

What the UIL is really doing is eliminating the term “Conference Six Man” by bumping every classification up one notch, providing the enrollment numbers fit inside the new cutoff numbers.

Now “six man,” or schools below 105 students, will be referred to as “Class A.”

Mineral Wells, which turned in 904 students, will be “bumped” to Class 4A, but a new twist has been added to the new Class 4A and Class 3A alignments.

Beginning with the new realignment, 4A and 3A districts will now be split into “big” school (Division I) and “small” school (Division II) districts with each district competing for separate state championships.

In the past in 4A and 3A, football teams making the playoffs would be split into the two divisions as each classification played for two state championships.

The new rule will split the schools into the two divisions for district play and the schools will play in “Division I” and “Division II” districts.

In the new Class 4A, schools with enrollments no larger than 465 and no less than 685 will play in Division II districts, while 4A schools like Mineral Wells – whose student enrollment is larger than 686 students but no more than 1,059 students – will be placed in Division I districts.

The new districts will not be made available by the UIL until Feb. 3.

MWISD Athletic Director Chuck Lawrence feels the plan is good in theory, but added it could come with a set of problems as well.

“On paper, I like the idea,” Lawrence said.”We knew all along that Mineral Wells would be in 4A, but at least now we know what division we will be in.

“Again, this idea seems sound on paper, but I think it may cause some travel problems like we see in the lower classes.”

Indeed. When Conference Six Man split into two divisions, Palo Pinto County schools Gordon and Strawn – just seven miles apart – were put in separate divisions which means not only do they not play each other in district play, but will never face each other in the playoffs, either.

In Classes 5A and 6A the football playoff format will remain the same as the teams will be put into Division I and Division II brackets following regular season play.

As far as what district  Mineral Wells High School will be put in, realize that Graham (960 students), Burkburnett (928), Abilene Wylie (1,003), Alvarado (982)  and Stephenville (996) are schools near the area with similar enrollment numbers.

“We will have to wait until February to find out what district we will be placed in,” Lawrence said.


Text Only
Local Sports
  • Braxton pitch Kenn.JPG How sweet it is

    The Mineral Wells Rams have climbed another mountain. After besting Kennedale for the first time in over a decade on their home field in the last week of March, the Rams (16-10, 7-2) swept their season series with the vaunted Wildcats, earning a 6-2 win in front of a home crowd, Friday night, to once again put themselves alone atop the District 6-3A standings with one game left to play. 

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Allie Kenn.JPG Kennedale edges out Lady Rams, 3-0, on senior night

    The Lady Rams wanted this one. Bad. But despite a brilliant defensive effort that kept the game locked at 1-0 until the final frame, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams found themselves so close, yet so far away from a district championship, falling to the second-ranked team in the state, the Kennedale Wildcats, for the second time this year, 3-0, Friday night.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

  • Kennedale edges out Lady Rams, 3-0, on senior night

    Despite a brilliant defensive effort that kept the game locked at 1-0 until the final frame, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams found themselves so close, yet so far away, falling to the second-ranked team in the state, the Kennedale Wildcats, for the second time this year, 3-0, Friday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • How sweet it is

    The Mineral Wells Rams have climbed another mountain.

    April 18, 2014

  • Martinez cross.JPG Safe, but not home yet

    "Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come... Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." – 1 Timothy 4:6 and 12.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 13 Rams, Lady Rams advance to regionals after solid Area Track Meet

    SPRINGTOWN – Track and Field season marches on for the Rams and Lady Rams of Mineral Wells High School, who will send 13 athletes to the Regional Track Meet in Lubbock, April 25-26, after a strong showing at the District 5 and 6-3A Area Track Meet in Springtown, Wednesday.

    April 18, 2014

  • Allie Springtown.JPG Get your brooms out

    SPRINGTOWN – Nobody said it would be easy. But despite an energized opponent and a rowdy hometown crowd that lived up to its reputation, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams (24-6, 8-1) made the best of their long-awaited final trip to Springtown and beat the rival Lady Porcupines, 16-5, on senior night, Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bullock pitch.JPG Prickly setback

    SPRINGTOWN – Three days before a colossal rematch for first place in District 6-3A with Kennedale, the Mineral Wells Rams (15-10, 6-2) got a resounding punch in the gut from their area rivals.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area baseball, softball: Santo Wildcats begin push for first, Perrin Lady Pirates clinch third place

    As the window of the regular season creeps ever closer to an end, teams all across the state are making the final push for the playoffs with a lucky few in hopes of improving their final playoff seed. Locally, the Santo Wildcats (9-6, 8-3) of the baseball diamond and Perrin-Whitt Lady Pirates (12-7, 6-4) softball team are no exception.

    April 16, 2014

  • Santo, Perrin send 58 to Area Track Meet

    SANTO – The Santo Wildcats hosted the District 11-1A Track Meet last Thursday with great results for local thinclads. 


    April 16, 2014

Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index

Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read