The UIL announced the updated enrollments for its member schools on Tuesday, so it took another step towards the highly-anticipated 2020-2022 alignment. Check out four notable changes in the Austin/San Antonio area.
Northside ISD expands presence in UIL 6A: How will the UIL handle San Antonio Harlan's move from UIL 5A Division I to the state's highest classification? Generally, the most schools you'll see in a UIL district is 10, but there have been a couple instances where 11 campuses have teamed up. In a football scenario where all 11 Northside ISD football-playing schools are placed in the same UIL district, all 10 regular season games would count in the district standings and teams would not schedule non-district competition. But, the UIL could also keep most of Northside together, and send two or three of the district's eastern campuses to a UIL district with the seven North East ISD schools.
Pflugerville ISD prepares for reunion: Pflugerville Hendrickson will join district mates Pflugerville, Pflugerville Connally and Pflugerville Weiss in UIL 5A non-football competition after it departed from UIL 6A. For football, Pflugerville, Pflugerville Hendrickson and Pflugerville Weiss are expected to be in the same UIL 5A Division I district, while Pflugerville Connally drops from UIL 5A Division I to UIL 5A Division II.
Comal ISD football teams find trio of homes: Smithson Valley stays in UIL 6A, but longtime rival New Braunfels Canyon drops to UIL 5A Division I. Canyon Lake remains in UIL 4A Division I, but should face new Comal ISD school San Antonio Davenport in UIL 4A non-football competition during the 2020-2022 UIL alignment. San Antonio Davenport is scheduled to open its doors for the 2020-2021 school year, but will have to wait til the 2022-2024 UIL alignment to join a UIL varsity football district.
San Antonio Wagner and Liberty Hill show range: San Antonio Wagner football spent the last two years in UIL 5A Division I, but will reunite with Judson ISD rival Converse Judson in a UIL 6A district over the next two years. Meanwhile, Liberty Hill continues to be affected by Williamson County growth and now has to make the move from UIL 4A to UIL 5A. Its football alignment move will be UIL 4A Division I to UIL 5A Division II.
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The Byron Nelson High School Bobcats' volleyball team flew all the way to Hawaii to participate in the Ann Kang tournament two weeks ago. Coach Brianne Groth's squad finished second, losing only the championship match to Redondo (CA).
This past weekend, the 'Cats were right at home this past Saturday – literally – as they grabbed their second consecutive Northwest ISD (NISD) Classic championship.
You see, Byron Nelson is one of the three host schools for the NISD Classic. And, the rotation of courts in the district for the tournament put this year's championship match held on the Bobcats' court.
Groth's squad took advantage of the situation, sweeping Lucas Lovejoy in two sets (25-20, 25-18) to win their second straight NISD title. BNHS now stands 18-1 overall on the season.
"(Lovejoy) is a really talented, well-coached team," Groth stated afterward. "We may have swept them but it was nowhere as easy as it looked (on the scoreboard)."
Four BNHS players (junior Charitie Luper, senior Paige Flickinger, junior Addi Miller and senior Skyler McKinnon) all had at least five kills each. Luper, voted the tournament MVP, slammed 15 kills and made one solo block in the win. Flickinger, named to the All-Tournament team, powered 13 kills past Lovejoy; she had a block-assist and service ace as well. Miller had two block-assists to go with her five kills while McKinnon blasted five kills.
Ryan Mitchell's Leopards (16-3) were led by junior Offensive MVP Cecily Bramschreiber, who totaled 12 kills and one block-assist. All-tournament team members sophomore setter Averi Carlson (22 assists, four kills) and junior libero Callie Kemoha (23 digs) contributed to the cause.
The tournament continues to grow – in size and strength, All told, there were 11 teams ranked in today's Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) poll, including Byron Nelson (#1 in Class 6A), Lovejoy (#2 in 5A), Randall (#3 in 5A), Flower Mound (the state's defending 6A champ; ranked #5), Eaton (#6 in 6A) and Sachse (#8 in 6A).
It was Eaton – along with Nelson and Northwest High School, the third school that makes up Northwest ISD – that made quite a few headlines last weekend.
Diane Wilson's Eagles won the Austin ISD/Jason Landers tournament the previous weekend with a perfect 9-0 slate. The Eagles came into the tourney with a perfect 10-0 mark; they swept each of three opponents the first two days, including impressive wins over TGCA-ranked Randall and El Paso Coronado (#17 in 6A) on Day Two.
Lake Ridge ended the Eagles' run on Saturday, but it took three hard sets for Eaton to fall. The Eagles would finish fifth in the tournament, compiling a 7-2 record in the impressive field. They're now 16-2 overall.
Flower Mound (12-2) entered the weekend as the state's #1 team but back-to-back losses to Mansfield and Sachse kept them from reaching the championship match. Still, Jamie Siegel's Jaguars beat state-ranked Waxahachie in its final match for 10th-place in the deep tournament field.
NISD Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP: Charitie Luper, Byron Nelson (Outside Hitter)
Offensive MVP: Cecily Bramschreiber, Lovejoy (Outside Hitter)
Defensive MVP: Gia Santini, Byron Nelson (Libero)
Setter MVP: Payton Chamberlain, Byron Nelson (Setter)
Paige Flickinger, Byron Nelson (Outside Hitter)
Averi Carlson, Lovejoy
Callie Kemoha, Lovejoy
Adeline Ortman, Eaton
Alicia Hearn, Sachse (Outside Hitter)
Madison Williams, Lake Ridge (Outside Hitter)
Lyric Stewart, Lake Ridge (Outside Hitter)
Zoe Parker, Randall (Outside Hitter)
Katie Le, Mansfield
Mollie Blank, Mansfield
Annabelle Smith, Southlake Carroll
Nnedi Okammor, Hebron