The University Interscholastic League released preliminary enrollment figures for all 1,388 member schools this month as well as conference cutoff numbers for the upcoming reclassification and realignment for football and all other sports and activities.
It appears Gonzales will again find itself in Class 4A, Division II for football, while Nixon-Smiley will remain in Class 3A, Division II.
Gonzales will be in just Class 4A for all other activities, while Nixon-Smiley will be in Class 3A and Waelder will be in Class 1A (the Wildcats do not play football). The UIL does not have separate divisions for other sports.
The new UIL conference cutoffs are as follows:
• 6A 2225 students and above.
• 5A 1300 to 2224.
• 4A 545 to 1299.
• 3A 250 to 544.
• 2A 105 to 249.
• 1A 104.9 and below.
In football, classifications 1A through 5A are broken into two divisions based on enrollment. Those breakdowns are as follows:
• 1A Division I 59.5 to 104.9. (Seventy-five schools are expected to be in this classification)
• 1A Division II 59.4 and below. (73 schools)
• 2A Division I 164.5 to 249 (106 schools)
• 2A Division II 105 to 164.4 (102 schools)
• 3A Division I 360 to 544 (102 schools)
• 3A Division II 250 to 359 (102 schools)
• 4A Division I 880-1229 (99 schools)
• 4A Division II 545 to 879 (94 schools)
• 5A Division I 1925 to 2224 (132 schools)
• 5A Division II 1300 to 1924 (119 schools)
The UIL will reveal the final conference and district alignments during the first week of February.
Gonzales County schools
During the UIL snapshot date of Oct. 29, Gonzales reported a high school enrollment of 832 students, which will place it firmly into Class 4A. The Apaches miss having to move up to Division I by 48 students.
Nixon-Smiley reported 284 students in grades 9-12, which means the Mustangs will remain in Class 3A again for the next two years. They ended up with 34 students above the cutoff for Class 2A and 76 students below the amount required to move up to Division I.
Waelder reported having 75 students, so they are securely below the Class 1A cutoff of 104.9.
Other area schools
• Cuero, which lost in the Class 4A state semifinals, reported an enrollment of 630 students. They will remain in Division II.
• Geronimo Navarro, which lost in the third round of the playoffs, reported an enrollment of 634 students. They also will remain in Class 4A Division II.
• Yoakum, which made the playoffs in Class 3A Division I, reported an enrollment of 472. They will remain in Division I.
• Luling reported 432 students and will remain in Class 3A Division I.
• Hallettsville, which made it to the second round of the Class 3A Division I playoffs, reported 392 students. They will remain in Division I.
• Stockdale, which made it to the second round of the Class 3A Division II playoffs, reported 248 students and will drop to Class 2A Division I unless they ask to remain in Class 3A.
• Schulenburg, which made it to the third round of the Class 2A Division I playoffs, reported 240 students and will remain in that same classification.
• Shiner, which won the state championship in Class 2A Division I, reported 204 students and will remain in that classification.
• Yorktown, which advanced to the second round of the Class 2A Division II playoffs, reported 153 students and will remain in Division II.
• Prairie Lea reported 62 students. They play six-man football and do not field an 11-man squad. They will be in Class 1A Divison I.
• Moulton reported 86 students but does not field a football team at all. They will be in Class A for all other activities.