Texans land with Fort Worth schools

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 3, 2018
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In the fall, the Northwest Texans will be heading a few miles south to face district rivals on the football field.

Northwest was paired with Fort Worth ISD’s Carter-Riverside, Eastern Hills, North Side, Polytechnic, Southwest and Wyatt in District 4-5A Division II when the University Interscholastic League released its biennial realignment for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.

“It’s something new and a new set of teams,” said Northwest coach Bill Poe. “We’re going into a seven-team district with the Fort Worth ISD teams. We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

The 2018 season will be the first year for a division split in 5A. The range for 5A Division II is 1,150 to 1,839. Northwest turned in an enrollment of 1,791 on Oct. 27, the UIL snapshot date.

Northwest’s Byron Nelson (2,579) and Eaton (2,222) landed in 5-6A with Denton Guyer, Southlake Carroll and Keller, Keller Central, Fossil Ridge and Timber Creek.

Prior to Thursday’s announcement, there was wide-ranging speculation on where the Texans might end up as the lone 5A Division II school from Northwest ISD.

“When you’re one school, all bets are off. You’re not tied to another school,” said Northwest ISD Executive Athletic Director Joel Johnson.

“I wasn’t too surprised [landing with the Fort Worth schools]. Splitting 5A into Division I and II, you start in the Panhandle and see how many 5A II schools there are west of Abilene. You have Abilene Wylie, Canyon Randall, Plainview and Lubbock Cooper. I thought the Wichita Falls schools would go that way. I didn’t see Northwest going out that way based on the distance.”

Northwest was not able to keep the rivalry going with Byron Nelson and Eaton due to scheduling issues.

Northwest will play Little Elm, McKinney North, Grapevine and Sherman in non-district.

For basketball and volleyball, Northwest will head east to join Denton, Denton Braswell, Denton Ryan, Lake Dallas, The Colony and Little Elm in 8-5A.

“That’s what surprised me the most,” Johnson said about the volleyball and basketball league.

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