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Poteet files appeal for basketball/volleyball district

High schools around the state learned their football, basketball and volleyball district opponents for the next two years when the University Interscholastic League released its biennial realignment Thursday morning.

While there were few surprises for area coaches, the districts did have some changes.

In football, Pleasanton will face Beeville, Boerne, Gonzales and La Vernia in District 15-4A Division I. The Eagles lost Somerset (Class 5A DII), Robstown (4A DII) and Rockport-Fulton (4A DII) while only Beeville and La Vernia remain from the previous alignment.

“[It’s] kind of what we were expecting,” Pleasanton athletic director Tab Dumont said. “Matter of fact, I nailed it to a T. I just kind of felt like Beeville, Gonzales, La Vernia and Pleasanton have all been together [in the past], and I was kind of expecting Boerne because they’re the next closest one to us. Travel-wise, we came out smelling like roses.”

Jourdanton will have only one common district opponent for football. That is Cotulla, which joins Karnes City, Lytle, Marion, San Antonio Cole and Universal City Randolph in 15-3A DI.

“It was pretty much something we thought could happen,” Jourdanton AD/football coach Darrell Andrus said. “I’m very pleased with the breakdown geographically for our travel purposes…I think we’re put into a very competitive district, much like we were in.”

Poteet’s football district remained almost entirely the same. The only change was a swap of Lytle and Hondo, which joins the Aggies with Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, Devine and Pearsall to make District 14-4A DII.

“All of the teams in our district are pretty comparable,” Poteet AD/football coach Doug Foster said. “…It’s going to be good matchups week-in and week-out. I don’t know if anybody is a clear favorite in the next couple years. It will be stiff competition for everybody.”

Foster said the school is appealing its placement in District 30-4A for basketball and volleyball. Poteet is set to join Pleasanton, Cuero, Geronimo Navarro, Gonzales, La Vernia and SA Brooks for 2018-20, but Foster has filed an appeal to be in 29-4A with its football district opponents.

Foster, who was “very surprised” not to be part of a six-team 29-4A, said the potential move would also help scheduling for volleyball.

“In the original drawing, I think Somerset was involved in [29-4A],” Foster said. “Then when Somerset had to move up [to 5A] because they counted those extra children, they didn’t go back and re-district it. When I saw that, I pretty much understood exactly what they did. I just think that they probably could have come back and redone it so that both districts have six schools. And then we could stay with our football district, which helps match up our volleyball.”

Foster has contacted the athletic directors from 29-4A and 30-4A and is awaiting a decision from the UIL. The timetable for a decision has not been determined. The UIL said its “office will be in touch with details of the appeal hearing.”

Of 30-4A, Dumont said his coaches agreed it would be competitive.

“We’re going to be traveling a little bit,” he said. “Never did I dream that we’d be with Navarro, but we are, so here we go.”

Charlotte football will compete in 15-2A DII with D’Hanis, Falls City, La Pryor, Pettus and Runge. D’Hanis and La Pryor take the place of the Trojans’ former district foes Flatonia and Louise.

Jourdanton will be in 30-3A for basketball and volleyball with Cotulla, Dilley, Lytle, Natalia and Laredo Harmony, a new UIL school.

The district opponents for Charlotte will differ in basketball and volleyball. For basketball, The Trojans will be with Bracketville, La Pryor, SA Great Hearts, SA Lee Academy, Sabinal and SA Stacey. Volleyball will include Agua Dulce, Ben Bolt, Benavides, Freer, Three Rivers, Bruni and McMullen County, which will compete in the 1A playoffs.

The Cowboys’ basketball District 32-1A remained the same with Austwell-Tivoli, Bruni, Nordheim and Runge.

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