The Commerce Journal

December 21, 2013

Not much change expected in new UIL alignment

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — The Commerce Tigers athletics will have new opponents to face beginning next year as the University Scholastic League (UIL) announced it is realigning districts for the 2014-16 seasons.

According to Commerce High School Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Scott Wells, he thinks there will not be much change to the current alignment for Commerce.

“It will either be a six team district and lose Howe, or they’ll take out Sunnyvale and add another team,” he said. “If they take out Sunnyvale they’ll either add Whitesboro or Pilot Point.”

Under the new alignment, a new division was created for the larger districts, while other districts got moved up as well.

Districts that were classified as 5A are now 6A, and every district below was moved up one as well, depending on the student population.

Commerce was moved back up to 3A.

Since it is now in 3A, and there are not many other 3A schools north of Commerce, Wells said he is pretty sure he knows which teams will be in the new district but does not want to speculate too much at the moment.

“I just don’t see us going anywhere else,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any where to go but west. But there’s no way of knowing.”

Wells said since coaches will not know which teams will be in the new district until the beginning of February 2014, scheduling non-conference games has been difficult to make.

“Scheduling is a nightmare right now,” he said. “You’d like to schedule some teams, but you don’t know if they will be in our district.”