UIL Realignment: East Texas’ ‘District of Doom’ Gets Stronger With Addition of Van
It seemed impossible, but the University Interscholastic League figured out a way to make the “District of Doom” even stronger.
With District 9-4A Division I losing both Bullard to Center to Division II, many were left wondering which schools would join arguably the state’s most challenging 4A district.
Everyone got their answer Thursday morning with the release of the UIL’s biennial realignment and reclassification. And "Doom" is new and improved.
Two-time defending state champion Carthage, perennial powers Henderson and Kilgore, Palestine, and Chapel Hill will be joined by another area force in District 10-4A Division I for the next two academic school years.
Van, which is 22-4 over the last two seasons, is the newest member of the now six-team league.
Carthage was 16-0 last season, Henderson reached the regional finals, Kilgore the regional semifinals, and Van was 10-2 and advanced to the area round where its was outlasted by eventual state finalist Kennedale.
The four playoff teams from the new 10-4A Division I combined for an overall record of 46-9 in 2017.
The main challengers in Region III figure to be Midlothian Heritage, Navasota, and Stafford.
In 4A Division II, a district might have gotten even stronger despite consisting of only five teams.
District 6-4A still features state power Gilmer and defending state champion Pleasant Gove along with Pittsburg and Spring Hill like the previous two years.
But with both Gladewater and Tatum dropping to 3A, the UIL replaced them with Liberty-Eylau, which has been a force at the 4A Division I level in recent years.
The Leopards reached the regional finals in both 2014 and 2015, and last season L-E advanced to the regional semifinals.
The heavy hitters in 4A Division II, Region II include Sunnyvale, Fairfield, Madisonville, and Salado.