Thursday, February 2, 2012
Rockwall teams head east instead of DeSoto
By Randy Jennings
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas -- North Mesquite, Mesquite Horn and Mesquite High will continue their ties to East Texas foes Longview and Tyler Lee for the fifth straight realignment.
This time, the Mesquite schools will be joined by Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath for a seven-team District 12-5A. The Rockwall schools are moving up from Class 4A.
Rockwall was a part of the East Texas district along with the Mesquite schools in 2004-05.
The last two realignments included DeSoto in the East Texas district, but the Eagles got a reprieve this time.
DeSoto athletic director Pam Deborde said the news of a move to District 7-5A to join neighbors Cedar Hill and Duncanville brought a lot of excitement to Eagles athletes on Thursday.
“Now our kids can play teams they grew up playing against and in some cases played on the same teams with,’’ Deborde said. “Our seniors are upset that this didn’t happen in time for them.’’
Mesquite athletic director Steve Bragg was unfazed.
“We’re used to going to East Texas,’’ said Bragg. “We’ve developed some very good friendships. Financially, it is a strain on our school district, but we understand that somebody has to go. Nobody likes to travel but somebody has to. And we’re looking forward to working with the Rockwall schools.’’
Deborde said DeSoto never formed a rivalry in its present district.
“It was time for us, we served our four years,’’ she said.