Amarillo, TX - The University Interscholastic League (UIL) released the district realignment for next year Monday morning.
For some area high schools, the realignment impacts travel time, money and academics.
Perryton and Dalhart high schools will now have to travel the farthest distances to play some of their opponents in football.
"We were expecting travel one way or another," said Dalhart High School football coach Stephen Young. "We ended up picking up Vernon and Iowa Park, which if you live in the North Pole like Dalhart is, it's a good five hour drive. We're definitely probably the farthest away from everybody."
Pampa, Borger and Bushland high schools will also have a couple games about four and a half hours away.
However, Tascosa High School will finally see some relief in their distance-filled travel schedule. "Tascosa was in the 9-team district, which went all the way to Midland, San Angelo and Abilene," said AISD Athletic Director Brad Thiessen. "So every time they stepped on a bus it was a 250 mile one-way trip. So this will really be nicer for them."
Their farthest game will now be two hours away in Lubbock.
"It will save a lot of money in hotel travel that we've been having to do," said Thiessen. "In the scheduling, we've been putting Tascosa up at least a couple of nights during each sport, so those hotels are not cheap, especially in the Midland and San Angelo areas."Thiessen said it will also help students academically because they won't have to miss as much class to travel to far away games. "We're excited about the new district," said Thiessen. "I know across the state there may be some grumbling that it's such a small district, but I don't make any apologies about that. We've been on the road now for two years on nine hour trips, so we're excited that two hours is all we're looking at even though two hours is still not a short trip."
For the full district realignment list, click here.
Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10