By Ryan Dunsmore
Terry High School will remain in Class 5A for the next two years.
Fifteen students proved to be the difference keeping the Rangers out of 6A, and the top classification in Texas.
Tuesday morning, the University Interscholastic League released the classification cutoff numbers for biennial realignment.
The cutoff is set at 2,220 and above for Class 6A. Terry submitted a student body count of 2,205 on “Snapshot Day” in October.
The Rangers will remain with Foster (1,969) in Class 5A DI for football rather than join fellow LCISD school George Ranch (2,724) in Class 6A.
Here is a look at each classification:
- Class 6A: 2,220 and above, 249 schools
- Class 5A: 1,210-2,219, 254 schools
- Class 4A: 515-1,209, 202 schools
- Class 3A: 230-514, 236 schools
- Class 2A: 105-229, 200 schools
- Class 1A: 104.9 and below, 220 schools
The football division splits are the following:
- 5A Division I: 1900-2219
- 5A Division II: 1210-1899
- 4A Division I: 865-1209
- 4A Division II: 515-864
- 3A Division I: 350-514
- 3A Division II: 230-349
- 2A Division I: 165.5-229
- 2A Division II: 105-229
While Terry remains in Class 5A, Fulshear High School will be joining the 5A ranks.
Fulshear (1,428) will be joining Lamar Consolidated, Foster and Terry in non-football competition and the Chargers will join the Mustangs in Class 5A DII football.
Fulshear started varsity competition three years ago in Class 5A for one season before dropping to Class 4A the past two campaigns.
The Chargers have found success in Class 4A with tennis, cross country, swimming and diving and volleyball reaching the state level. The Fulshear volleyball team won the Class 4A state championship last month.
Taking a look at each district in its current alignment:
In District 20-6A, seven Fort Bend ISD teams will remain in 6A with Austin (2,226), Bush (2,521), Clements (2,524), Dulles (2,544), Elkins (2,350), Ridge Point (2,993) and Travis (2,820).
Kempner (2,065) will drop down to Class 5A and Division I for football.
The Cougars will likely join a district with the LCISD teams and FBISD teams already playing together these past two seasons.
All eight members of District 23-6A remained in Class 6A.
The only remaining question is whether George Ranch (2,724) or Strake Jesuit (2,436) will be the likely team to join 20-6A to complete an eight-team district.
Additionally, how will Shadow Creek (2,792.5) moving to 6A affect the closely-connected District 24-6A and 23-6A with the Sharks joining Alvin High School in 6A.
The Sharks aren’t the only District 10-5A DI team on the move. Texas City (1,821) is dropping down to 5A DII.
The rest of the district will remain in Class 5A DI.
In District 10-5A DII, the home of Lamar Consolidated, members Katy Paetow (2,179) and Cleveland (1,962.5) are moving up to Division I.
Fulshear isn’t the only team on the move from District 13-4A DI. Sealy (806) is moving down to 4A DII.
Needville (1,027) remains squarely in Class 4A DI along with Bay City (983), Brazosport (988), Columbia (903) and El Campo (1,154).
The biggest turnover among area teams comes in District 14-3A DII.
Bloomington (229), Ganado (220) and Schulenburg (229) move down to Class 2A DI.
East Bernard (302) along with Danbury (263), Tidehaven (279) and Van Vleck (330) will remain in Class 3A DII.
One of the holes left in 3A DII will be filled by Wallis Brazos.
The Cougars (259) are moving up to Class 3A DII while the rest of District 15-2A DI, Kenedy (194), Shiner (223), Weimar (196) and Yorktown (162), remain in Class 2A.
Fort Bend Marshall (1,309) and Fort Bend Willowridge (1,283) remain in Class 5A DII.
Stafford (1,079) remains in Class 4A DI and could join the Needville district with two spots open.