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What the new UIL alignment means for the Bulldogs

By Sandy Jennings BCC Contributor

Photo by Sandy Jennings
For the 2014-15 season, Bandera soccer will be in a UIL district with teams of the same classification. Historically, Bandera soccer has competed successfully against larger division schools.

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) made drastic changes in its bi-annual realignment for the 2014-2016 seasons. UIL is the organization responsible for the classification and district assignment for each school district in the state of Texas. Bandera has now moved from 3A to 4A classification with four different district assignments.
High School Football
In Bulldog football, at the high school level, Bandera will be in District 14, with familiar competitors Boerne, Fredericksburg, and Canyon Lake. New to the line-up are state-ranked Liberty Hill and northeast Austin-based Taylor. Bandera will travel 159 miles (approximately 2 hours and 32 minutes) to play the Taylor Ducks. Bandera has the smallest enrollment (728) in our district, by approximately 200 students.
High School Soccer
Bandera will join Boerne, Canyon Lake, Fredericksburg and Wimberley, in District 28, for boys and girls' soccer. Bandera, who has achieved much success on the soccer field, has never had the opportunity to experience district play within their own classification. They have always been a 3A school placed in a 4A division. Players, coaches and community members are excited about Bandera's potential in this newly formed district.
All other HS Sports
All other Bandera sports teams, including volleyball, cross country, basketball, tennis, golf, softball, baseball, and track and field, have been aligned in District 29. They are joined by Boerne, Fredericksburg, Devine, Hondo and Lytle. This is also the district that UIL Academics and One-Act Play will compete in for 2014-2016. Teams within this district are all within approximately an hour driving distance. The Bulldogs have faced off with all of these teams in district play in previous years.
Middle School Sports
The middle school football district was not assigned by UIL, but by the involved school districts, to ensure limited travel. Bandera Middle School football will compete against Lytle, Hondo, Llano, Navarro, San Antonio Christian, Comfort and Wimberley. Bandera Middle School volleyball teams aligned the same as the high school in District 29 and will compete against Fredericksburg, Boerne, Hondo, Lytle and Devine.