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On Friday, February 3, the University Interscholastic League held their bi-annual district realignment. The alignment is important because it determines whether a team moves up or down in athletic classification. The move is based on school enrollment, ranging from the smallest 1A to the largest 5A.

Of the local Big Six schools, the changes are significant. Juarez-Lincoln will be moving from its current home in District 32-4A to District 30-5A, where it will join up with its fellow La Joya schools Palmview and La Joya. Joining the three La Joya athletic programs will be the four Edinburg schools who were previously in District 31-5A.

While the Edinburg teams are coming in, the three McAllen schools will be out. Memorial, Nikki Rowe and McHi will now be in District 31. In addition, Mission High School has moved back down to the 4A classification to its old home of District 32.

Also making some big changes is District 32-5A, since all six Brownsville schools are in one district with Los Fresnos and the two Harlingen Schools. Since Harlingen and San Benito are now in different districts, the change could put the two teams’ longstanding rivalry to a halt at least two more years.

As much as the alignments changed for all of the teams in 5A and 4A, there was also some changes to the teams in the 3A, 2A and 1A.

In 3A, Hidalgo and Kingsville King moved down from 4A. Further, Raymondville and Lyford are not going to compete with teams from the Costal Bend but instead will compete against teams like La Grulla, Zapata, and Kingsville King.

The big change that happened in 1A is that Kennedy and Charlotte left to bring Monte Alto and for the first time in years Santa Maria will play in the UIL level in Football.

The new changes will last for two years before realignment is again initiated.

Roy Hinojosa, who contributed to this report, is a student at Veterans Memorial High School. 

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