By TONY EIERDAM
After many months of speculation on where the University Interscholastic League would place Mineral Wells High School in the UIL's biennial redistricting process, it was announced mid-Monday morning that MWHS will be placed in the new District 4-4A Division I, along with Graham, Burkburnett, Gainesville, Decatur and Wichita Falls Hirschi.
The new UIL districts will stay in place through the 2015-16 school year.
Although not "set in stone" the Rams' non-district schedule could include Bridgeport, Joshua, Glen Rose, Iowa Park and Godley. MWHS coaches will give an official announcement on the non-district schedule later in the week.
Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, the UIL will add a Class 6A, meaning schools that were classified as 5A the last two years will now be in Class 6A. The UIL did away with the term "Class Six Man" as those schools will now be classified as Class A schools.
Mineral Wells, playing in Class 3A after the last round of reclassifications, will now be playing in Class 4A.
The reclassification announcements were made in the fall. Beginning next year, all football districts in Class 4A will be split into "big" school (Division I) and "small" school (Division II) districts exactly as Classes A 2A have been the last two years.
Previously, the big schools and small schools in the former Class 3A have been split before the playoffs begin.
Basketball districts are different from football, and Class 4A will not be split into separate divisions, meaning all 4A schools will compete for one state championship.
Mineral Wells has been placed in the five-team District 6-4A along with Graham, Brownwood, Abilene Wylie and Stephenville.
In other football districts, Millsap will be placed in District 2-3A Division II along with Cisco, Eastland, Henrietta, Holliday, Nocona, Wichita Falls City View and Jacksboro.