By David Jenkins
It’s a whole new world for Princeton High School athletics after the Feb. 1 UIL realignment.
As expected, the football, volleyball and basketball teams will compete at the Class 5A level. The new districts will be used for the 2018-’19 and 2019-’20 schools years.
In football, they’re part of District 7-4A Div. II.
That district features Denison, Denton Braswell, Frisco, Frisco Lebanon Trail, Frisco Memorial, Frisco Reedy, Lake Dallas and Lovejoy.
“That was pretty much the district that we expected to be in and it’s a good fit. It’s going to be a challenge moving up in classification. I think the kids are up to the challenge though,” Princeton head football coach Clint Surratt said.
From Princeton’s old 7-4A Div. I football district, Texarkana Liberty-Eylau was placed in 6-4A Div. II, Anna, Paris and Paris North Lamar shifted over to 7-4A Div. I, and Quinlan Ford was moved to 9-4A Div. I.
Other teams in 6-4A Div. II are Gilmer, Longview Spring Hill, Pittsburg and state champions Texarkana Pleasant Grove.
Also part of 7-4A Div. I are Argyle, Celina, Melissa and Sanger.
Surratt has tentatively scheduled Class 6A South Garland and 5A Red Oak in non-district.
“We wanted to be challenged before the start of district. I think facing those two teams does that,” Surratt said.
If Princeton football advances to the playoffs, as one of the top four finishers, they’ll take on a team from 8-5A Div. II.
That district consists of Corsicana, Ennis, Forney, Greenville, Kaufman, North Forney, Royse City, Sulphur Springs and Terrell.
For volleyball and basketball, Princeton will take the court against Denison, Lovejoy, McKinney North, Sherman and Wylie East in 10-5A.
Playoff opposition would be Carrolton ISD’s Creekview, Smith and Turner, Highland Park, and Dallas ISD’s Adams, Conrad, Jefferson and Wilson.
Current 11-4A opponents Anna, Aubrey, Celina and Melissa were placed in 11-4A Region II.
Bonham dropped down in classification to 10-3A with 2A move-ups Bells and Blue Ridge, Howe, Leonard, Van Alstyne and Whitewright.
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