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.
Santo and Perrin will be placed in District 8-2A Division II along with Albany, Baird, Cross Plains, Gorman and Ranger.
Also, area six-man football fans will be pleased to find out that the UIL placed Strawn and Gordon in the same district, District 10-A Division I. The Greyhounds and Longhorns will compete with Gustine, Lingleville and May.
In other basketball districts, Graford and Perrin will be placed in District 17-A and compete with Bryson, Newcastle, Throckmorton and Woodson.
Gordon and Strawn will also play in the same basketball district, District 18-A, along with Lipan, Gorman, Huckabay and Lingleville.
Also, Santo will compete in District 10-2A along with De Leon, Goldthwaite, Hamilton, Hico, Ranger and Tolar.
And finally in the new basketball districts, Millsap will be placed in District 11-3A along with Brock, Peaster, Glen Rose, Grandview, Hillsboro, Keene Smith and Rio Vista.
For reactions from the coaches concerning UIL redistricting see Wednesday' Index.