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Realignment shakes up the Big 7

Last Thursday, the University Interscholastic League, or UIL, issued a reclassification and realignment of school districts. This realignment took place at Region I Service Center in Edinburg as coaches from all around the Rio Grande Valley and South Texas gathered to see what district they’ll be competing in as well as what schools they’ll be facing for the next two years.

Big 7 Football

District 31-6A includes the La Joya Coyotes as they match up against the Edinburg Bobcats, Economedes Jaguars, Edinburg North Cougars, PSJA Bears, and the Weslaco Panthers.

The Coyotes are going to play in a near similar district as they did for the last two years. The only difference in District-6A is the Mission Eagles dropping out. The Weslaco Panthers will be replacing them as they jump up to 6A. The Coyotes will have to deal with a team equally as strong as the Mission Eagles. The Coyotes went 2-8 over the last two seasons in their district.

District 16-5A DI includes the Juarez-Lincoln Huskies, Palmview Lobos, and the Mission High Eagles as they match up with the Vela Sabercats, McAllen Bulldogs, Memorial Mustangs, Rowe Warriors, and the Rio Grande City Rattlers.

The Eagles will compete in a brand new district as they drop to 5A. The 2023 district champions PSJA North Raiders have been reassigned to another district which means that there’s going to be a new champion in this district. The Eagles could have what it takes to do that in District 16-5A DI.

The Huskies and the Lobos are familiar with this district already. The only difference is that they’ll have to go up against this Eagles team now. The Huskies were 0-14 in the last two seasons in their district. The Lobos were 5-9 in the last two seasons in their district.

District 15-5A DII includes the Veterans Memorial Patriots, Sharyland Rattlers, and the Pioneer Diamondbacks as they go up against the Alice Coyotes and the Roma Gladiators.

This is a shocker. Many anticipated that this was going to be a 10-team district, but it was divided into two separate districts. The biggest change is the Alice Coyotes making their way down to the Rio Grande Valley to compete with this district. This change could have also been the reason why they divided the districts into two, causing the drop of the number of district games from six to five. The Coyotes are coming out of their district as champions with an undefeated district record and a third round playoff appearance. Last season, this district shared the championship three ways between the Patriots, the Gladiators, and the Diamondbacks. All of these teams have their sights on owning the championship outright. This will be something to watch for the next two seasons.

Big 7 Volleyball

District 31-6A includes the La Joya Coyotes as they match up with the Edinburg Bobcats, Economedes Jaguars, Edinburg North Cougars, PSJA Bears, and the Weslaco Panthers.

The Coyotes will be going up against nearly the same teams but the Mission Eagles have now been replaced with the Panthers. The Coyotes were 0-10 in the last two seasons with this district.

District 30-5A includes the Veterans Memorial Patriots, Juarez-Lincoln Huskies, Palmview Lobos, and the Mission High Eagles as they match up with the Cigarroa Toros, Martin Tigers, Nixon Mustangs, Rio Grande City Rattlers, and the Roma Gladiators.

The Eagles drop down to play in one of the most talented districts in the RGV. They will have to face the likes of an up and coming Rattlers team, an experienced Patriots team, and the reigning district champions Lobos. This doesn’t include the talent that the teams from Brownsville bring. This will be a district to pay attention to for the next two years.

District 31-5A includes the Sharyland Rattlers and the Pioneer Diamondbacks as they face up with the Vela Sabercats, McAllen Bulldogs, Memorial Mustangs, Rowe Warriors, PSJA Memorial Wolverines, PSJA North Raiders, and the PSJA Southwest Javelinas.

This may be the most talented district in the RGV. The Rattlers, Diamondbacks, Bulldogs, Mustangs, and Sabercats volleyball programs have produced some great teams over the last couple of years and they get to run it back for another couple of years. The reigning back-to-back champions Rattlers lead this district but these teams keep the race tight. The Diamondbacks and the Mustangs have won championships in this district in the last five years. This is going to be yet another fun two years for all of these teams.

Big 7 Basketball

District 31-6A includes the La Joya Coyotes as they match up with the Edinburg Bobcats, Economedes Jaguars, Edinburg North Cougars, PSJA Bears, and the Weslaco Panthers.

District 30-5A includes the Veterans Memorial Patriots, Juarez-Lincoln Huskies, Palmview Lobos, and the Mission High Eagles as they match up with the Cigarroa Toros, Martin Tigers, Nixon Mustangs, Rio Grande City Rattlers, and the Roma Gladiators

District 31-5A includes the Sharyland Rattlers and the Pioneer Diamondbacks as they match up with the Vela Sabercats, McAllen Bulldogs, Memorial Mustangs, Rowe Warriors, PSJA Memorial Wolverines, PSJA North Raiders, and the PSJA Southwest Javelinas.

The same changes made for volleyball were made for basketball. These districts stay relatively the same except for the Eagles will be in a brand new district which will just add to the already stacked competition there.

The changes made last week are going to be set in place for 2024-2026. Visit uiltexas.org for a complete list of state wide reclassification and realignment.

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