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The Unversity Interscholastic League (UIL) announced on Monday February 1, 2010 its biennial reclassification for school years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. The UIL controls all sports and academic activity between schools throughout the entire state of Texas. The classifications of 5A, 4A and 3A are supposed to be based on size of the student population and that entails large schools will play or compete against other similar sized schools. The previous reclassification was done in 2008. Seven area schools were dropped from 5A (largest ) to 4A and those were Northbrook, Spring Woods, Stratford, Baytown Lee, Galveston Ball, Humble and New Caney. Only one school Westbury moved from 4A to 5A.

All the KISD schools (Seven Lakes, Cinco Ranch, Mayde Creek, Taylor, Katy and Morton Ranch) will shift  from 17 5A to 19 5A and will be joined by Memorial and Strake Jesuit. All of these changes will be effective with the 2010 varsity football schedule.

My step son who is sophomore at Seven Lakes asked me why did they move Strake Jesuit to play/compete against all of the Katy area schools as Strake Jesuit is close to downtown Houston and nowhere near Katy.(?) This is a really good question... Anyone out there that has a reasonable answer please step forward and enlighten us. My best guess is that someone on the UIL realignment committe has a son who attends Strake and plays football. The Katy area football program has a really high profile each year mainly due to the year to year excellence of the Katy Tigers. By playing against the Katy Tigers , Cinco Ranch and the other Katy teams plus now Memorial, the Strake program will get more attention. Strake as far as I know always has an excellent team in every sport where they compete. I don't believe they needed to be moved into the Katy ISD District to get noticed but that is what I think might have happened. It will be interesting to see on both Strake and Memorial will do while playing in the revised 19 5A District the next two years...

Published Wednesday, February 3, 2010 12:35 PM by Bob Gilbert

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