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HOUSTON – Class 7A is becoming "more and more real".
It won't happen in the February 2022 realignment but with more and more new high schools being built and opened, the UIL didn't put it out of the realm of possibility that by 2024 or 2026 we could see it.
So, it made me think. If a Class 7A was created, which Houston-area schools would make that jump.
These of course are just for fun projects and none of these numbers or cut-offs are real but just as projections.
In the 2020 UIL realignment, the cutoff Class 6A was 2,220 and above. Since the UIL added Class 6A in 2014, the cutoff has gone from 2,100 to 2,220 (a 120-student increase).
The difference between the minimum of Class 6A and that of Class 5A (1,230) is a 990-student count.
So, if you take that number and make Class 6A's range the same difference the new range for Class 6A would be 2,220 – 3,210 and Class 7A would then be 3,211 and up.
According to the 2020 enrollment numbers, these would be the Class 7A programs in Houston (26 total) with 3,211 and up in enrollment … and we even projected the districts.
Region II / District 10-7A The Woodlands (4,330) Conroe (4,312) Aldine MacArthur (3,668) Klein Oak (3,584) Spring (3,456) Klein Cain (3, 406) Aldine Davis (3,396)
Region III / District 11-7A Klein Forest (3,598) Klein Collins (3,387) Jersey Village (3,371.5) Cy Woods (3,320.5) Cy-Fair (3,314.5) Klein (3,218.5)
Region III / District 12-7A Alief Elsik (4,277.5) Alief Hastings (4,082.5) Katy Tompkins (4,018) Seven Lakes (3,767) Bellaire (3,458) Katy (3,466.5) Cinco Ranch (3,257)
GROWING UP WATCHING CUAUHTÉMOC BLANCO PLAY FOR THE MEXICO NATIONAL TEAM INSPIRED OSVALDO LOPEZ. IT WAS EXCITING TO WATCH HIM. HE WAS HIS SPORTS HERO.
"When I scored when I was little, I would celebrate like him," Lopez said with a smile. "He was my idol growing up." That love of soccer that Blanco helped instill in Lopez flourished at the age of three when he started playing for his father Manuel's team. Lopez continued playing for that team up until last year, along with playing at MacArthur High School, where he enters his senior year.
The hard work has paid off for Lopez, who is committed to Texas Wesleyan University. "It means a lot because that's what I've been working for these four years," Lopez said. "Just trying to get that opportunity at the next level." Being a senior this year, Lopez is taking it all in. After how last year ended with the season being halted right before playoffs were set to begin, he is enjoying the little things. "I think this year I'm just looking to enjoy every moment and practice that I have with my teammates," he said. "Just make the most out of every game."
Once his playing days at Texas Wesleyan University are over, Lopez wants to give back. Pursuing a professional soccer career isn't at the forefront of the senior's mind as the spring season sets in. But rather to get his education and come back and be a teacher and coach.
More importantly to him is to have the impact on the next generation of students that his teachers have had on him. "Just seeing how my teachers impacted me, I thought I wanted to do that in someone's life," he said. "Help them see that there is a way out. I want to be able to impact other people's lives."