Realignment notes: Playoff rivalries on hold
February, 2, 2012
By Randy Jennings | ESPNDallas.com
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas -- Notes from 2012 reclassification and realignment day.
*Say goodbye to the chance of Euless Trinity-Allen and DeSoto-Dallas Skyline second-round playoff meetings that have become a fixture in recent seasons. Allen’s move to Region II and DeSoto’s move to Region I mean a playoff renewal couldn’t happen until the fifth round next year.
*The District 7-5A playoff teams could be looking at a bi-district trip to Central Texas. It will be facing teams from 8-5A made up of four Killeen schools, Belton, Copperas Cove, Temple and Waco Midway.
*Plano East coach Johnny Ringo thought he had taken every precaution in setting up his nondistrict schedule prior to Thursday’s realignment. But there he was, struggling to find a game after landing in a six-team district. “I was ready if we’d been put in a seven-team district, but I didn’t see six coming.’’ When last seen, Ringo was on the phone, scouring the San Antonio area for a potential opponent.
*Lake Travis’ run of five straight Class 4A state titles ends with its promotion to Class 5A.
*Look for some scheduling problems in District 4-5A, which features four Keller schools that share one stadium.
*Landing in a six-team district is no big deal for Flower Mound coach Dane Johnson, on the job for only two weeks. At his previous stint at Class 3A Boerne, Johnson said six-team districts were all he knew.
*Corsicana’s move to the East Texas-flavored 16-4A ends district rivalries with Waxahachie and Ennis.
*Amarillo, the Class 5A program with the most wins all-time, drops to Class 4A. Plano will take over the top spot in wins in 5A and Amarillo will be second to Highland Park in 4A.