AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Well, the four Amarillo Independent School District high schools are back together again.
Thanks to Monday’s release by the University Interscholastic League 2020-2022 realignment numbers, Tascosa made the move from Class 6A to Class 5A placing all four AISD schools in the same football district for the first time in 30 years.
Instead of putting on the bus miles traveling to Midland and Odessa for district games, 2019 Class 6A state quarterfinalist Tascosa will play the 2020 and 2021 football seasons in Class 5A Division 1 with: Amarillo High, Caprock, Lubbock Coronado, Lubbock Monterey, Lubbock High and Palo Duro.
Tascosa veteran coach Ken Plunk, who has led the Rebs to state quarterfinal and state semifinal appearances in the last two seasons, said it’s good to be playing the other AISD schools in “games that mean something since they are in district.”
“For us, we look at it like we will place in whatever district the UIL places us," said Plunk. “I do think this district is better for us as far as the community and travel is confirmed.”
Tascosa’s move from 6A to 5A highlighted news out of Monday’s 2020-2022 realignment in the Amarillo area.
Here’s a few other nuggets you need to know:
- If El Paso Chapin had not opted up in January from Class 5A Division II to Division I, the four AISD schools would have likely been placed in a district together meaning seven non-district games. I think Chapin better be on the Christmas card list for all four Amarillo Schools.
- Highland Park made the move from Class 2A to Class 3A and was placed in District 3-3A, Division II football district with perennial state power Canadian, Childress, Dimmitt, Friona, Spearman and Tulia.
- A little birdie told me the Amarillo High-Tascosa rivalry game annually drawing 12,000-15,000 fans will be held in week seven of the season.
- Memphis, Shamrock, Wellington and Wheeler each made the move back to Region I after spending the past two years in Region II.
- Basketball fans will be happy to know the four AISD schools were placed in six team District 3-5A with Randall and Plainview.
- Football beast Denton Ryan was moved from Region I to Region II making the Class 5A playoff to Jerry’s World a little friendly for Region I teams.
- Nobody was scrambling harder Monday to complete their non-district schedule than Dumas coach Aaron Dunnam. Dumas, once again, is in District 3-4A Division I with Canyon, Hereford and Pampa meaning each school was looking for a hefty seven non-district games. Of course, Dumas rolled out a 13-1 record and was a state quarterfinalist last season. Not everybody wants to play an elite team in non-district.
- District 4-A in basketball was a bit of a surprise with Borger, Canyon, Dumas, Hereford, Pampa and Perryton making up the district. This is surprising only because Hereford and Canyon seem to head north for district games, not south.
- One of the craziest district road games in all of Texas will take place in District 2-4A, Division II when Perryton and Seminole met. The google map distance between the two schools is 322.6 miles one way. That means traveling 645.2 miles for a district game, or about 10 hours of riding on a bus. many teams in the metroplex won’t ride a bus 10 hours all season for games.