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New districts, old foes

The UIL announced its district realignments on Monday. Districts throughout Texas are realigned every two years. The new districts will be in effect for the 2014-15, 2015-16 school years.

For starters, all districts were moved up one classification beginning with the 2014 year. Instead of 2A Friona will now participate in 3A. Big schools formerly in 5A will be classified in 6A, etc. Teams that were competing in six-man are now classified as 1A.

Friona’s new 1-3A football district will include River Road, Childress, Littlefield, Muleshoe, and Dimmitt. (Former district opponent Bushland moved up into 4A.) Athletic director/head coach Mike Prokop said he was happy with the lineup. “This should allow us to be more competitive,” Prokop said.

The basketball district is slightly different. Friona will compete in 2-3A in basketball, joining opponents Dimmitt, Littlefield, Muleshoe, Shallowater, and Tulia. Shallowater was in 3A last year but has dropped down one classification and will remain in 3A which was once 2A. It is confusing.

Here is a peek at the 2014 schedule:

Non-District: Aug 16 scrimmage Panhandle in Friona; Aug 21 scrimmage Sundown at Sundown; Aug 29 at Olton; Sep 5 at Abernathy; Sep 12 Tulia here; Sep 19 at Idalou; Sep 26 open; Oct 3 Lubbock Roosevelt here.

District: Oct 10 Dimmitt here; Oct 17 at Muleshoe; Oct 24 River Road here; Oct 31 Littlefield here; Nov 7 at Childress.

The designation of homecoming and the annual Maize Days schedule will come later.