The University Interscholastic League (UIL) takes a look at its districts every 2 years, typically announcing realignments during February. Yesterday morning, Lampasas waited with baited breath for those announcements – and the results are in! Football, basketball, volleyball, and the academic teams received notice of changes, while a few others are still waiting to hear their fates.
Lampasas ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Troy Rogers gave us some background on the districting and explained the changes to us. “The UIL has to look at all the schools in a certain classification and put them together based on size,” he said, “we are 4A. The UIL has 4 Regions - they put you in a district and region based on location.” We were previously in Region 4 for football, the southern region, but have now been moved to Region 1, located northwest. Volleyball and Basketball stayed in Region 3.
“In football we are in the district with Marble Falls, Burnet and we added Stephenville and Brownwood. Good solid district with some state ranked teams in Brownwood and Stephenville. It will be good competition every week,” Coach Rogers remarked. “Basketball and Volleyball lost Lago Vista in the district and added Salado and Taylor. The UIL has not released the realignment information for the other sports yet. That will happen in a few weeks.”
Basketball Coach Aaron Nuckles commented on his team’s outcome, saying, “Overall, don’t mind it at all. I think it will be very competitive but nothing that can’t be handled. The playoff possibilities are not too bad either. Nothing easy, but all can be handled with the correct prep and attitude!”
UIL Academic Coordinator Judith McGhee also responded for comment, answering, “From a UIL academic standpoint, yesterday’s realignment threw us a curve ball. We lost Lago Vista, but gained Salado and Taylor. Salado is historically a very competitive UIL school, in academics, speech, and especially debate. They have won the coveted Lone Star Cup more than once, and their programs have lots of community and administration support.” Judith isn’t swayed in the least, though, and neither should we be! She proudly remarked, “[W]hile we might have to face tougher competition at the district level, I’ve told my teams that better competition will only make US better and more qualified for Regionals and State.”
So there you have it, our Badgers will face some tougher competition this coming school year. But just remember, real recognize real, meaning, you’ve gotta be the best to play with the best! Let’s go Badgers! - MG