Bye bye, Bos.

Adios, Aledo.

So long, Saginaw

The University Interscholastic League ushered in a whole new era for Mineral Wells High School athletes and fans. Gone, at least for the next two years, are the familiar 4A "forest" of giants; in their place the state's governing body for athletics gave a "meadow" of equality in the 3A ranks.

Mineral Wells, based on the enrollment figures it turned in in October, was placed in the 3A classification by UIL officials. The move puts MWHS athletic programs in the state's third-largest classification and, more importantly, allows the school to compete against schools with comparable enrollment figures. In each of the last few years, Mineral Wells has been among the smaller schools in Class 4A and often competed against teams that had much larger enrollments to draw from.

"We're excited we are making the move to 3A," said Rams' Athletic Director Chuck Lawrence following the release of the UIL's realignment process. "For us, this means we are going to be playing people our own size. We're still going to have our work cut out for us, but at least it will be against teams our own size."

Mineral Wells will join four other teams in comprising the new District 7 in Class 3A. The Rams will compete against programs from Bridgeport, Decatur, Fort Worth Castleberry and Lake Worth during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Lawrence said coaches from each team in the new district would meet today (Tuesday) at 9 a.m. to determine the 2010-11 district schedules.

The UIL didn't do the Millsap Bulldogs any favors during the realignment process. The Bulldogs were placed in the District 4, Division II, ranks with Cisco, Crawford, Hamilton, Hico, Rio Vista and Tolar.

Santo and Perrin-Whitt will also be making changes. Santo was grouped with Bosqueville, De Leon, Itasca and Valley Mills into District 7 in the Class A, Division field. Perrin-Whitt, which competed in the same district as Santo, moves into Division II's District 8 with Archer City, Electra, Munday and Windthorst.

The UIL's realignment also split longtime rivals Gordon and Strawn. Gordon remains in the six-man Division I ranks and will be teamed with Paint Creek, Knox City and Throckmorton in District 9. Strawn moves to the small-school division and will be grouped with Moran, Newcastle and Woodson into District 10.

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