It will be February, 2014 before Southeast Texas schools know what
districts they will be in officially in the University Interscholastic
League’s Realignment but Little Cypress-Mauriceville will be the local school
that should benefit the most after the UIL released its reclassification and
realignment cutoff figures for 2014-2016 Monday.
The Battlin’ Bears will actually not drop a classification. They will stay in
Class 4A since the UIL is creating a new Class 6A.
The Bears will make Class 4A by falling just three students short of being in
For Class 4A Division I football, enrollment has to be in the 686-1,059 range.
For 4A Division II football, the range is 465-685. Enrollment figures for Class
4A in all other sports is 465-1,059.
“It’s really exciting, looking at the numbers,” said LC-M Athletic
Director Randy Crouch. “It’s more of a level playing ground for us. We’ve
been the ‘small guy’ in our district for so long and this time the numbers
evened out more in our favor.”
Crouch, like everyone else, is curious how the districts will shape up come
The Bears will likely be in a football district that includes Bridge City and
Silsbee. Jasper could also be in the mix. The Bulldogs turned in 686 kids, the
exact number that it takes to be in 4A Division I in football.
“It’s going to be curious what football district we’ll fall in,” said
Crouch. “I’m just guessing, but I think it will be us, Bridge City and
Silsbee for sure. Then, after that, it gets interesting. Jasper could come down
further south with us and teams like Cleveland, Huffman and Splendora could also
be in the mix.”
All other LC-M sports teams will stay closer to home, likely playing in a
district that includes Bridge City, Orangefield, West Orange-Stark, Silsbee,
Hardin-Jefferson and Hamshire-Fannett.
The UIL will still have Division I and Division II state champions in football
The 4A Division II local football district could consist of the likes of
Orangefield, West Orange-Stark, Hamshire-Fannett and Hardin-Jefferson. Buna will
go down to Class 3A Division II in football. Schools like Liberty and Anahuac
could be in the football district with WO-S and Orangefield.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how things shape up come February,”
said Smalley. “Football-wise, the numbers help us out because we were the
second smallest school in our district the last two years with the exception of
Buna,” said Smalley. “I’m pretty sure it will be us, WO-S, H-J and H-F but
the rest will be interesting. It could be Tarkington and Liberty in the mix and
maybe even Coldspring and Anahuac.”
Smalley was happy and apprehensive about the Bears moving down a class.
“It’s a good deal for LC-M because they’ve been battling the numbers game
in 20-4A for awhile now,” said Smalley. “It’s going to be positive for
them. Just look at how good they’ve been in volleyball, baseball and softball
over the years in 4A. Now, think of them competing against schools in those
sports in the upcoming years, they’re going to be really, really good.”
No one will know how the districts will completely shape up until the UIL
releases the new districts, regions, and divisions the first week in February.
It will be February, 2014 before Southeast Texas schools know what
Bassmaster Elites are coming back
The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
• Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
• East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
• Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
• Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at email@example.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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