The University Interscholastic League on Tuesday updated its classification and and division cutoff numbers in Class 4A and 5A after previously releasing figures from Dec. 3. New information was brought forward updating numbers previously submitted by schools which has caused conference cutoffs to be revised, the UIL stated in a press release.
Class 4A schools were originally slated to be high schools with enrollments from 515 to 1,209 students, but the ceiling was bumped to 1,229 students. Now Class 4A Division I will included schools with enrollments from 880 to 1,229, up from the original 865 to 1,209 designation. Class 4A Division II will be comprised of schools with enrollments of 515 to 879, when the original ceiling was 864.
Brownwood is a member of Class 4A Division I and in unfazed by the development, but the new football district for the Lions could be affected. The Lions are already losing China Spring and Gatesville to Class 4A Division II as both schools turned in enrollments of 851.
Current District 5-4A Division I rivals of Brownwood, Stephenville (1,061) and La Vega (945) will also stay in 4A Division I. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football in November projected the Lions could return to Region I in a league with San Angelo Lake View, Big Spring, Andrews and Seminole — but Seminole will be in 4A Division II based on its enrollment of 845.
Statewide, the 4A changes are minimal and should not have an impact on Brownwood's future district.
Schools that were originally expected to be 5A Division II that will now be 4A Division I include Alice (1,226.5), Lumberton (1,222), and Terrell(1,226). The only 4A Division I school that will slide down to 4A Division II is Rockport-Fulton (875).
The UIL's biennial realignment, which will reveal the high school sports districts for the 200-21, 21-22 school years, will take place Feb. 3.