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UIL Realignment Announced

Eagles take on Hirschi for Eagles vs. Hirschi at Argyle High School  in Argyle, Texas, on November 3, 2017. (GiGi Robertson  / The Talon News)

Eagles take on Hirschi for Eagles vs. Hirschi at Argyle High School in Argyle, Texas, on November 3, 2017. (GiGi Robertson / The Talon News)

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Eagles take on Hirschi for Eagles vs. Hirschi at Argyle High School in Argyle, Texas, on November 3, 2017. (GiGi Robertson / The Talon News)

Connor Repp, Sports Correspondent

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The annual UIL realignment was announced and the Eagles new district is a tough one. Rival Celina returns to the district, while Melissa comes off of a 12-2 season, Sanger also stays as Paris and Paris North Lamar are added. Melissa is one of the top schools in the area and will provide the toughest challenge for the Eagles for the next two years. Celina is always talented and should rebound. This new district has been said as one of the best in the state behind District 7-6A which features state blue bloods Desoto and Cedar Hill with two Mansfield schools who shocked everyone by making the 5th round in 5A and the other making the 3rd round.

Along with the new district comes a new region and it is safe to say that the Eagles will have their work cut out for them. Along with a strong district, the region includes three of the final four teams in 4A (La Vega, Stephenville, and state runner-up Kennedale). State powers China Spring and Brownwood will also provide a challenge. China Spring lost to Liberty Hill by only 5 points in the third round and Brownswood lost to Wichita Falls Hirschi by only two points. Dallas Carter also looms as one of the most storied programs in the history of the state. Their strong athletes and immense talent could provide the Eagles some trouble in the playoffs.

Region one loses three of its top teams with the Eagles and Stephenville moving to region two and Abilene Wylie moving to 5A division two. Familiar foes Wichita Falls Hirschi, and Decatur will be the immediate favorites to win the region. Region three has super power Carthage, and Van has the talent to pull off an upset. Region four still remains as one of the more athletic districts in the state focusing around the southeast Texas area.

The Eagles will have long road ahead of them and should be one of the top teams in the state, and then potentially lose in the second round. The Eagles will immediately know what they need to do as their first three games are against Waco La Vega, Stephenville, and Texarkana Liberty-Eylau.

For basketball and volleyball, the Eagles loses Gainesville and gains Springtown which means a little longer drive for the Eagles. Baseball remains pretty much the same except the addition of Springtown. Softball will add Bridgeport to an already stacked district.

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Connor Repp, Reporter
Connor Repp is a second year sports reporter for the Talon News. He also participates in Football, Unicef, and the bass team. He loves supporting Argyle events, and being on the Talon. His interest’s include fishing and hiking and he will be attending the University of Arkansas where he will study Finance and Accounting. After...
GiGi Robertson, Sports Co-Editor
GiGi Robertson is the Co-Sports Editor, Photographer, and Sports Writer. She focuses on sports photography, news, sports stories, fiction and documentary films. GiGi has won awards for first-year photo and traveled to numerous UIL State Sporting events along with conferences in Seattle and New York. She also is a part of Journalism UIL team and produces...
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UIL Realignment Announced