UIL Class 4A realignment preview: UIL has tough decisions on the open plains

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The Perryton Rangers are one of only two Class 4A Division II teams in the Texas Panhandle. [David Erickson/ For Press Pass Sports]

Scarce.

That’s the adjective most commonly used when talking about Class 4A schools in the Amarillo-area. There aren’t many of them.

Anyone that follows realignment has to feel for the UIL when they look at this area and try make shift districts together. It’s by far the most difficult of all the classifications.

Fortunately, Division I sets itself if the UIL decides to keep its four-team format. Canyon, Dumas, Hereford and Pampa has turned into one of the strongest and most competitive districts over the past two years.

Things get tricky in Division II. With the loss of Dalhart, that leaves only Borger and Perryton as the only two schools in the Texas Panhandle. Lubbock Estacado looked like a sure move to Division I before the numbers were released, but the UIL did what they do best and shocked the state with a massive jump in the Division I numbers. With that said, it looks as if Estacado and Levelland will join the north schools for a four-team district. The wildcard is Snyder. The Tigers are in no man’s land, and could come north to make a five-team or stay south.

Here’s how I see it playing out Monday.

UIL 2020-21 & 2021-22 Conference cutoff numbers

Conference 4A

515-1,209 202 schools

Division I

865-1,209 92 schools

Division II

515-864 92 schools

Division I

District 2-4

Andrews

Big Spring

Fort Stockton

San Angelo Lake View

District 3-4A

Canyon

Dumas

Hereford

Pampa

Division II

District 2-4A

Borger

Estacado

Levelland

Perryton

Snyder

District 3-4A

Midland Greenwood

Monahans

Pecos

Seminole

Sweetwater

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