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Who Are The Newcomers (Sort Of) To Class 4A

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Seven (7) schools look to be moving down and five (5) schools will be moving up in classification to Class 4A when the UIL announces the re-alignment changes this year. February 3rd will be the date the UIL makes the announcments.

Class 4A which was formally know as Class 3A will consist of schools between 465 and 1,059 students. These schools will also have the opportunity to petition the UIL to move them up to Class 5A. Another change will be that this classification will now be broke down into Division I and Division II before the season starts like Class 1A and Class 2A have been for the past few seasons.

This big news here is the schools moving up. Class 2A title contenders like Tatum, Bushland and Goldley will now compete with larger schools. The schools moving down in class are (with their enrollment #'s) -- Little Cypress-Mauriceville (1043), San Elizario (1035), Terrell (1030), Dallas Carter (994), Brazosport (984), Bay City (966) and Beeville Jones (966). The school moving up from last years Class 2A are Tatum (518), Bushland (497), Lamesa (496), Godley (488) and Salado (478).

Most of the schools dropping down are Class 4A Old timers. Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Terrell, Brazosport, Beeville Jones have all been Class 4A since 1979. Bay City has been 4A since 1968. A school that is really dropping in enrollment is Dallas Carter which was in 5A in 2007. Lamesa was in 4A in 1997 before dropping down to 2A for 2012 & 2013. The other school moving up Salado was last 3A in 2010-2011, Tatum in 2008-2009 and Godley 2002-2003. The newcomer to 4A is Bushland which began varsity play in 2006.

This was the class with the most dramatic changes last time with Stephenville, Kilgore and El Campo joining the group. All 3 of those will be staying in this class this time around also.

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Michael Wright
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