UIL set to realign districts, where will everybody be?

Published 9:21 am Wednesday, January 31, 2018

After finding out what classification they would be in way back on Dec. 6, Southeast Texas high schools will get to find out what districts they will be competing in Thursday as the University Interscholastic League will release its new district alignments this Thursday morning at 9 a.m. the Region V Center.

We already know the classification changes, but where will everybody land is the big question.

Orangefield received the good news that it will drop down to the Class 3A ranks for at least two years.

In other changes, Lumberton will make the move from Class 5A to Class 4A as the Raiders will look to be more competitive in a lower classification.

In 4A football, Silsbee will drop down from 4A Division I to 4A Division II and will likely be in the football district with WO-S, Hamshire-Fannett, Hardin-Jefferson and Liberty or Jasper could eventually move down into that football district and get out of Region IV.

Class 5A football will be divided into Division I and Division II next season.

Port Arthur Memorial will be the only Southeast Texas school to stay in Division I while Nederland, Port Neches-Groves, Vidor and Vidor will be in Division II.

The Beaumont ISD shook things up recently as Beaumont Ozen and Beaumont Central will combine into one school, bumping them to Class 6A with fellow Beaumont school, West Brook.

Local districts that we are used too, will likely remain pretty close to the same in all sports except football as less travel will be required, compared to the gridiron.

Head football coaches will be scrambling to figure how who will be in their football districts and how to schedule non-district games.

Plenty of questions are up in the air.

In Class 4A Division II football, will Silsbee just move into the old 12-4A district with WO-S, Hamshire-Fannett, Hardin-Jefferson and Liberty and replace Orangefield or will the UIL surprise some folks?

Who will join Bridge City and Little Cypress-Mauriceville in a revamped 10-4A Division I? Lumberton seems a sure bet along with Huffman. Splendora moved back down but Cleveland moved up to 5A. Who else could come along? It’s a sure thing that the Bears and Cardinals would hate to drive all the way to Navasota for a district contest again.

What about 22-5A and who will Vidor, Nederland, Port Neches-Groves and Baytown Lee take on? Maybe Barbers Hill, Dayton, Crosby and Cleveland.

Who will the Bobcats play in their 3A football district? Maybe Buna, Kirbyville, Woodville, East Chambers, Anahuac.

It’s always interesting indeed. It will all boil down to what happens at 8 a.m. Thursday morning. The UIL always comes up with the unexpected.

Here is the look at the SE Texas Enrollment figures that were turned in with 2017 listed first followed by the 2015 numbers and the difference:


Beaumont West Brook 2,520; 2,495 (+25)

The new Beaumont school 2,461 (Ozen and Central combined)

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Port Arthur Memorial 2,044; 2,098 (-54)

Nederland 1,546; 1,596 (-50)

Port Neches-Groves 1,493; 1,447 (+46)

*Beaumont Central 1,309; 1,471 (-162)

Vidor 1,331; 1,415 (-84)

*Beaumont Ozen 1,152; 1,121 (+31)

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Lumberton 1,125; 1,157 (-32)

Little Cypress-Mauriceville 1,009; 1,057 (-48)

Bridge City 791; 764 (+27)

Silsbee 784; 818 (-34)

Jasper 719; 715 (+4)

Hardin-Jefferson 656; 640 (+16)

West Orange-Stark 581; 580 (+1)

Hamshire-Fannett 553; 543 (+10)

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Orangefield 499; 494 (+5)

Buna 455; 404 (+51)

East Chambers 434; 416 (+18)

Kirbyville 399; 393 (+6)

Anahuac 387; 372 (+15)

Warren 362; 369 (-7)

Woodville 344; 406 (-62)

Hardin 337; 339 (-2)

Kountze 331; 332 (-1)

Newton 296; 289 (+7)

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West Sabine 196; 210 (-14)

Deweyville 183; 211 (-28)

Hull-Daisetta 169; 154 (+15)

West Hardin 157; 161 (-4)

Evadale 155; 148 (+7)

Sabine Pass 138; 150 (-12)


High Island 66; 59 (+7)


Beaumont Kelly 430

Beaumont Legacy 132