Tascosa Rebels react to realignment

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - More time on the road isn't the only change Tascosa High School athletes are facing. Many Rebels feel this new realignment brings on a whole set of new problems.

We spoke with many Tascosa students and parents today, and not one is happy with the situation. In fact, they feel like their end of the deal is a little unfair.

That's because Tascosa High School is now the only 5A school in this area, Lubbock Coronado is the closest.

Meaning in order for these athletes to meet their other 5A opponents, they'll be spending a lot more time on the road. We're talking traveling to schools in Abilene, Midland, and Odessa on a regular basis.

Many parents fear more travel time means more money out of their pockets, as food, fuel, and possible over-night stay costs go up.

Many are also afraid this means less support for their teams. A five hour drive to an away-game for many fans is out of the question.

Volleyball player Alexis Washington says, "What helps us and motivates us is not only each other, but the people that watch us and come and cheer for us. It will be really difficult if no one can come because it is so far."

For Tascosa athletes that five-hour-plus drive doesn't help academics either.

Athletic trainer Heather Montes explains, "We'll probably get back between 3 and 5 in the morning because of the travel distance, so it's going to be a lot harder for us to go to school the next day."

Others will miss the infamous rivalry with Amarillo High.

Tascosa Rebels fan Brianna Spinks says, "Now when we play Amarillo High, it won't be a district game for us, so the stakes won't be set as high, which is kind of what fueled our rivalry a lot."

The players and the fans are also worried about the tougher schedule being handed to them, which could make it harder for them to come out with a winning season.

Perhaps the biggest question everyone had is why weren't the district lines re-drawn in order to avoid this problem that has been know about for quite some time.