UIL changes made

Zach DiChiano

     During Feburary Conference, UIL released its 2010-2011 district alignment for all athletics. Some significant changes have been made, including Cedar Park’s return to the 4A level. Vista Ridge will also return to 4A after two years of participating in a 5A district. Cedar Park and Vista Ridge will be joined by Dripping Springs, Marble Falls and the three-time defending football state champions Lake Travis. The two new schools in Leander ISD, Rouse and Vandergrift, will also be a part of the reformed District 25-4A.

Cedar Park’s old district, 16-5A, saw some small changes as well. They lost Cedar Park and Vista Ridge, but will welcome an old friend back, the Pflugerville Panthers. The Panthers moved to District 25-5A last year, and now the powerhouse school will go back to playing its old rivals. LHS is the only LISD school that will remain in 5A, and they are joined by Georgetown, McNeil, Round Rock, Stony Point, and Westwood to complete the 16-5A district.

     It will be interesting to see how the two former 5A schools, Cedar Park and Vista Ridge, will fair against their new 4A opponents. Lake Travis has always been a powerhouse and the two new schools are trying to prove they can compete at a 4A level. District 16-5A will have an exciting schedule of games with the return of Pflugerville, and it will be interesting to see who takes over the district championship next year after Cedar Park leaves for 4A athletics.