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February 2, 2014

HUNTSVILLE ATHLETICS — Changes in store with upcoming realignment

HUNTSVILLE — Like children waiting on Christmas, coaches and athletic administrators can hardly wait for Monday to arrive.

That’s when the realignment packets will be opened and the Hornets will find out who they’ll be sharing a district with during the next two school years.

“There’s nothing we can do about it,” Huntsville ISD girls athletic director Marcus Evans said last week. “We’re just ready to find out where we stand so we can start to put together a schedule for the next year.”

There will be plenty of changes in store for Huntsville one way or the other.

The first thing is that during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, the Hornets will belong to Class 5A. That doesn’t mean that they will be linked with schools like The Woodlands or Katy.

What has happened is a redesignation of the different classifications. Instead of there being a six-man division and then Class 1A, the former six-man designation will be known as Class 1A. Class 1A will become Class 2A and so on.

The new Class 5A enrollment numbers range from 1,060 to 2,099 and Huntsville ISD listed its enrollment numbers at 1,710.

“I formulated the official number of our enrollment and turned it in,” Evans said. “We’ve known all along that we weren’t going to move up a classification because we’ve been steady as to what we were last time.”

Concerning what Huntsville will be situated with in the upcoming realignment is anyone’s guess at the moment.

A number of factors come into play, such as schools moving up a classification and ones moving down.

Impacting Huntsville is that Montgomery will be going into the new Class 6A, as is Humble Summer Creek and Friendswood.

Looking a little toward Aggieland, dropping down to Huntsville’s classification is Bryan, A&M Consolidated and College Station. Even further West is Temple also dropping down to the new Class 5A.

That opens the possibility for Huntsville’s new district to move away from the Houston area.

“With those schools in the Bryan/College Station area moving down, that’s why it is uncertain where we’re going to go,” Evans said. “That changes the landscape around here an awful lot, it really does. The possibility exists that we could go to the Brenham-College Station areas and be put in with them.

“I’d say it’s around 50-50 about which direction we’re going to go. Some of the predictors — they were wrong two years ago — claim to know that we’re going to go back East with New Caney and Porter, Willis, Caney Creek and possibly pick up the two Tomball schools (Tomball and Tomball Memorial) and maybe even Livingston. That’s been forecasted by several publications that like to predict these things.

“We’ll just have to wait and see.”

The realignment listings will be released at 9 a.m. on Monday. Also, Fox Sports Southwest will host an hour-long edition of High School Spotlight, which will have UIL executive director Charles Breithaupt, deputy director Jamey Harrison and director of athletics Mark Cousins to discuss the new districts, talk about realignment and other related topics.

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