Going down: Tascosa is headed to 5A following UIL reclassification release


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Tascosa is headed to Class 5A after the UIL released its reclassification numbers on Tuesday for the upcoming 2020-2022 realignment. [John Moore/ Press Pass Sports]

The University Interscholastic League released its conference cutoff numbers for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 reclassification and realignment on Tuesday morning.

The long burning question of will Tascosa High School, Amarillo ISD’s biggest school of its four, drop into Class 5A was quickly answered yes when the numbers hit on social media.

Tascosa turned in 2,186 students on snap shot day in late October. The new realignment number for Conference 6A and above starts at 2,220, putting Tascosa 34 students below the new reclassification number.

So what does this mean for Amarillo ISD going forward.

First it means for the first time in AISD history there will not be a school in the state’s highest classification.

All four AISD schools — Tascosa, Amarillo High Caprock and Palo Duro — will now be together in Class 5A.

It makes sense for football that those four AISD schools be put in a district with the three Lubbock ISD schools, Monterey, Coronado and Lubbock High, to become a seven team district. Abilene Cooper is a wildcard that could form an eight-team league, though the rumors around the state is, the Cougars have requested to go toward the Metroplex.

Then there is a nightmare scenario among some statewide experts that have the three El Paso 5A Division I schools remaining — El Dorado, Bel Air and Del Valle — joining AISD and LISD to form a 10-team football district.

If anyone thinks that is a crazy scenario, never say never when it comes go the UIL.

One thing is for certain from a fans perspective. The best city rivarly between AHS and Tascosa will go back to its original home on the final Friday of October.

Spirit week is a staple among the rivals when both are district opponents.

There is a much different feeling than when that game is played in early September.

Staying put

Andrews and Lubbock Estacado may not be in the Texas Panhandle but they do impact Amarillo-area district’s, and outside of Tascosa, they did make the most noise Tuesday.

When Andrews and Lubbock Estacado released its snap shot numbers, both looked to be locks toward moving up. The Mustangs turned in 1,207 students which was 58 students higher than the previous Class 4A Division I high end cutoff. However, with the new Class 5A Division I low end cutoff at 1,207, Andrews is staying in Class 4A.

Same goes for Estacado. When the Matadors turned in 844, most assumed Estacado was on the way to Class 4A Division I. But, with the 4A cutoff being from 1,209 to 865, the Matadors are staying right where they have been.


Tascosa wasn’t the only Texas Panhandle school to make a move Tuesday.

Dalhart turned in 486 students, which drops the Golden Wolves from Class 4A Division II to Class 3A Division I.

Highland Park is moving up from Class 2A Division I to Class 3A Division II with an enrollment of 245.

Farwell and Sunray will trade places. The Steers head to Class 2A Division I with an enrollment is of 173, while Sunray drops into Division II, turning in 149.

Wildorado is the newest area Six-man school, as they will begin in Division II with an enrollment of 58.5 with the cutoff set at 59.5

Miami and Hart will drop down to Division II, and Kress will move up to Division I.  Springlake-Earth has chosen to play Six-man football and Claude will be added to a district for the first time. We should see quite a bit of change among the area districts.

UIL 2020-21 & 2021-22 Conference cutoff numbers

Conference 6A 2,220-above 249 schools

Conference 5A 1,210-2,219 254 schools

Conference 4A 515-1,209 202 schools

Conference 3A 230-514 236 schools

Conference 2A 105-229 200 schools

Conference 1A 105-below 220 schools

Class 5A to 1A Division I & II numbers

Class 5A

Division I 1,900-2019 126 schools

Division II 1,210-899 125 schools

Class 4A

Division I 865-1,209 92 schools

Division II 515-864 92 schools

Class 3A

Division I 350-514 106 schools

Division II 230-349 106 schools

Class 2A

Division I 165.5-229 96 schools

Division II 165.4-105 94 schools

Class 1A

Division I 104.9-59.5. 77 schools

Division II 59.4-below 76 schools

October’s snapshot numbers

Class 6A

Odessa Permian 3,738

Odessa High 3,296

Midland High 3,234

Midland Lee 3,199

Frenship 2,773

Class 5A Division I

Tascosa 2,186

Amarillo High 2,140

Caprock 2,160

Monterey 2,149

Coronado 2,129

Abi. Cooper 2,017.5

Lub. High 1,926.5

Palo Duro 1,923

Class 5A Division II

Lub.Cooper 1,851

Randall 1,718

W.F. Rider 1,519

Plainview 1,485.5

W.F. High 1,321

Abi. Wylie 1,270

Class 4A Division I

Canyon 1,149

Dumas 1,144

Hereford 1,133.5

Pampa 1,045

Class 4A Division II

Estacado 844

Borger 753

Levelland 727

Perryton 630

Class 3A Division I

Dalhart 486

Bushland 479

Shallowater 464

River Road 403

Slaton 393

Littlefield 363

Muleshoe 352

Class 3A Division II

Dimmitt 346

Childress 331

Tulia 325

Friona 310

Canadian 264

Spearman 249

H. Park 245

Class 2A Division I

W. Texas High 221

Panhandle 212

S. Fritch 207

Boys Ranch 190

Farwell 173

Class 2A Division II

Gruver 162

Stratford 157

Sunray 149

Memphis 145

Wellington 144

Vega 134

Wheeler 129

Shamrock 123

Clarendon 123

Bovina 115

Booker 103

Class 1A Division I

October’s snap shot numbers

White Deer 99

Claude 92

Happy 74

Valley 66

McLean 63

Miami 52

Class 1A Division II

October’s snap shot numbers

Wildorado 58.5

Groom 50

Follett 41

Hedley 32

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