Southeast Texas News Group
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.