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UIL Realignment Brings New Teams and Long Road Trips

The University Interscholastic League issued the District Assignments and Reclassification Information for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Friona will see some new teams in district play as well as get reaquainted with old district foes. To the best of our knowledge, Friona has never been in a district with Canadian or Spearman.

Friona will compete in football in Region 1, Conference 3A, Division 2, District 3. The Chiefs will be joined in the district by Canadian, Childress, Dimmitt, Spearman, and Tulia. Friona drops from the “large school” division to the “small school” division. Coach Jimmy Arias, athletic director and head football coach, says he feels good about competing at a high level in this classification. He said “Friona will no longer be the smallest school in the state in 3A like we have been the last two years.”

The Friona Squaws will play volleyball in Region 1, Conference 3A, District 1. Amarillo River Road, Bushland, Dimmitt, and Tulia join Friona in the district. Bushland is a perennial powerhouse in the sport but Friona should do well in this district and would not have to face Bushland in the first round of any playoffs.

Friona teams will once again be in a crowded district for basketball. Region 1, Conference 3A, District 1 will be comprised of Amarillo River Road, Bushland, Canadian, Dimmitt, Friona, Muleshoe, Spearman, and Tulia. There are many good teams in this district and the competition will be tough. There will be some long road trips and most of the travel will be to the north.