The University Interscholastic League's biennial realignment often features unexpected surprises, and Brownwood High School was right in the middle of one Thursday morning.
The long-anticipated rumor of Stephenville dropping to Class 3A came to fruition, but not into a district with Brownwood. Just as shocking, Brownwood did not retain any of its previous district rivalries with Abilene Wylie, Big Spring, Snyder or Sweetwater, either.
Instead, Brownwood is heading south as part of the new District 8-3A along with Burnet, Gatesville, Lampasas, Liberty Hill and Llano.
Brownwood's former district rivals — Wylie, Big Spring, Snyder and Sweetwater — were joined in the new District 4-3A by Midland Greenwood and Monahans.
Meanwhile, Stephenville landed in District 7-3A with Alvarado, Glen Rose, Hillsboro and Venus.
The cutoff numbers for Class 3A were 450-1,004, an increase from the 430-989 during the 2010 alignment. Stephenville turned in an enrollment of 999.
In the Class 2A Division I ranks, Bangs and Early remained district rivals, but those schools will also be heading in an opposite direction the next two years. The Dragons and Longhorns will be joined by Brady, Comfort, Ingram Moore, Grape Creek and Wall in the new District 3-2A.
As for the remaining Brown County schools, May and Zephyr remained in Six-Man Division I and will be in the new District 9 along with Santa Anna, Lometa and Rochelle.
Meanwhile, Blanket slipped to Division II in the six-man ranks and will join county rival Brookesmith in District 13 along with Mullin and two-time defending state champion Richland Springs.
Stay tuned to the Bulletin's website, www.BrownwoodTX.com, for more realignment stories throughout the day.