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Sulphur Springs now 5A after reclassification

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Get ready, high school sports fans, for a new classification in University Interscholastic League events. For Sulphur Springs fans, though, the new classification will likely be nothing more than adding another “A.”

    The UIL announced Monday that it will add a 6A classification when the athletic districts are revealed Feb. 3, 2014. That means Sulphur Springs, which has been 4A since the early 80s, will now be a 5A school.
    “ That’s probably about all the change that will happen, said Greg Owens, athletic director for the Sulphur Springs Independent School District.
     “It’s just a title change, is really all it is,” Owens said. “Really, nothing is any different for us.”
    While the new districts won’t be revealed for two months, all of the current 14-4A district members (Texas High, Marshall, Hallsville, Mount Pleasant and Pine Tree) will also move up to Class 5A. The smallest school in the new 5A classification has 1,060 students, and the largest has 2,099.
    Sulphur Springs turned in an average daily attendance of 1,126, just 66 students above the cutoff.
    There will likely be some changes surrounding Sulphur Springs, however, as Lufkin, Longview, Rockwall-Heath, McKinney and South Garland all appear to have enrollments which will drop them down into the 5A class. Other area schools which Sulphur Springs could find itself in a district with include Grenville, Sherman, Lindale, Terrell, Denison and Royse City.
     “We’ll find out on Feb. 3 where we go,” Owens said. “We could stay in the same district or go west or have some combination of Tyler and Longview-area schools. We’re trying to get some pre-district games lined up, but we can’t get anything finalized until we know what district we’re in.”
    While the new classification won’t affect Sulphur Springs, the same can’t be said for several area schools.
    Como-Pickton and Cumby could find themselves in the same classification next year as they will both likely be in Class 2A, which has a floor of 105 students and a ceiling of 219. According to reports, Como-Pickton turned in 197 students while Cumby had 108.
     After years of being one of the smaller schools in Class 2A, Como-Pickton could find itself as one of the larger schools in the newly-configured classification. Meanwhile, Cumby would be stepping up in class.
    The schools will not be in the same district, however, because the UIL is going to divide classes 1A through 4A into small school districts and large school districts. Classes 6A and 5A will not be divided that way.
     “We turned in 197 enrollment on the snapshot day and Como-Pickton will drop in classification to AA, which last year was Class A,” said Conley Bland, Como-Pickton head football coach. “The newer division should give us a better chance to compete, but there are some very talented schools near us, so it still means we have to work hard to compete.”
    Tom Dracos, Cumby head football coach said, “We turned in 107, the smallest around. Fruitvale is coming to 11-man but have 108.  We are assuming that Celeste may be in our district with 150.  We will lose Union Hill who is going six-man. If it is close to similar I would say our district would look like Celeste, Maud, Detroit, Fruitvale and us. But we are talking about UIL and we all know that there is no telling what may happen until February.”




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