By David Jenkins
Wylie and Wylie East athletics will have some new opponents next season in district.
UIL announced the new districts during the Thursday, Feb. 1 release at the Birdville ISD Fine Arts/Athletic Complex.
The new football, volleyball and football districts will be used for the 2018-’19 and 2019-’20 schools years.
Wylie was moved out of 6-6A and placed in the Garland ISD 10-6A.
In the latter are Lakeview Centennial, Naaman Forest, Rowlett, Sachse, North Garland and South Garland.
Former 6-6A opponents McKinney, McKinney Boyd, Plano East, Plano, Plano West and Allen remained together in the new 9-6A.
Replacing Wylie were Dallas Jesuit (boys only sports) and Prosper, who jumped up from Class 5A.
Denton Guyer was realigned to 5-6A with Keller, Keller Central, Keller Fossil Ridge, Keller Timber Creek, Northwest Eaton, Northwest Nelson and Southlake Carroll.
The same district as football will be used for volleyball, and boys and girls basketball.
For the first time UIL split Class 5A into Div. I and Div. II. In the past it was split before football playoffs.
The largest two schools went Div. I and other two, smaller, were Div. II.
Wylie East football was placed in 7-5A Div. I with McKinney North, Mesquite Poteet, Sherman, Texarkana Texas High, Tyler and West Mesquite.
Left from the old 15-5A are Poteet and West Mesquite.
Lovejoy was aligned in 7-5A Div. II with Denison, Denton Braswell, Frisco, Frisco Lebanon Trail, Frisco Memorial, Frisco Reedy, Lake Dallas and 4A move-up Princeton.
Royse City, Forney and North Forney are in 8-5A Div. II. Other teams are Corsicana, Ennis, Greenville, Kaufman, Sulphur Springs and Terrell.
Highland Park was switched to 6-5A Div. I with Dallas Adams, Dallas Samuell, Dallas Sunset, Dallas Wilson, Lancaster, Mansfield Legacy and Mansfield Timberview.
In basketball and volleyball, Wylie East will take the court against Denison, Lovejoy, McKinney North, Sherman and 4A move up Princeton in 10-5A.
Lovejoy is the lone returning team from the current 15-5A.
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