UIL announces realignment, change your travel plans
Traveling to cheer on your favorite Denton ISD team is about to get a whole lot easier.
The University Interscholastic League announced its bi-annual realignment today, Feb. 1, placing the athletic programs from Braswell, Denton, Guyer and Ryan high schools in new conferences and districts. The district’s four high schools will be split into the state’s largest conference classifications with Guyer competing in Class 6A and Braswell, Denton and Ryan staying in Class 5A for the next two school years beginning this fall.
Guyer will join Keller, Keller Central, Keller Fossil Ridge, Keller Timber Creek, Northwest Eaton, Northwest Nelson and Southlake Carroll District 5-6A for football and basketball. The move keeps the Wildcats in Region I, but should ease the traffic burden of traveling into Collin County for the bulk of its games.
“We’re very pleased with the new district for Guyer. Those are all schools we’re familiar with and our fans should enjoy competing against schools a bit closer to home,” said Denton ISD Athletic Director Joey Florence.
UIL officials determine realignment based on student enrollment, with the goal of placing schools with similar enrollments in district that are geographically close together for football and basketball competition. This year, in an effort to close the disparity in enrollment in Class 5A, the UIL created separate districts for football and basketball.
Due to their larger enrollments, Denton and Ryan will join Birdville, Carrollton Creekview, Carrollton Newman Smith, Carrollton Turner, Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine in District 4-5A Division I for football. Braswell well compete in District 7-5A Division II with Denison, Frisco, Frisco Lebanon Trail, Frisco Memorial, Frisco Reedy, Lake Dallas, Lovejoy and Princeton.
The district’s three 5A high schools will be reunited in District 8-5A for basketball along with Denton County neighbors Lake Dallas, Little Elm, Northwest and The Colony. Both moves end the district’s longtime traveling relationship with Wichita Falls ISD, which should appease fans said Florence.
“We’re not going to be making those long trips to Wichita Falls and Sherman anymore, so that’s a plus… but we’re still trying to wrap our heads around this whole thing. It’s different from what we’ve done before, but in the end it’s good for the kids,” Florence said.
The split in Class 5A achieved its goal, separating schools with enrollments as low as 1150 away from those with more than 2,000. Denton and Ryan each submitted enrollment numbers just below 2,050, while Braswell came in at 1,734.
The cutoff point for Class 6A was set at 2,190, an increase of 40 students from the alignment number set in 2016. Guyer, the district’s largest high school, submitted an enrollment of 2,514.5 students.
Denton ISD is currently the fourth fastest-growing district in terms of home closings in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, so the current two-year alignment may be the last time Braswell is separated from its district peers.
District 5-6A Football and Basketball: Denton Guyer, Keller, Keller Central, Keller Fossil Ridge, Keller Timber Creek, Northwest Eaton, Northwest Nelson, Southlake Carroll
District 4-5A Division I Football: Carrollton Creekview, Carrollton Smith, Carrollton Turner, Colleyville Heritage, Denton, Denton Ryan, Grapevine, Birdville North Richland Hills
District 7-5A Division II Football: Denison, Braswell, Frisco, Frisco Lebanon Trail, Frisco Memorial, Frisco Reedy, Lake Dallas, Lucas Lovejoy, Princeton
District 8-5A Basketball: Denton, Denton Braswell, Denton Ryan, Lake Dallas, Lewisville The Colony, Little Elm, Northwest