UIL announces redistricting



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Posted on February 2, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 2 at 7:36 PM

LAKEWAY, Texas -- The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced Thursday the district alignments for 2012-2014, changing several high school rankings across Central Texas.

Football players and coaches at Lake Travis High School are among the people feeling pressure by the change.

"This is amazing," said Head Football Coach and Athletic Coordinator Hank Carter as he looked at the trophy case outside his office.

Not only are the honors amazing, but historic. Lake Travis High School is the first school in Texas to win five straight state championship titles, but when the football team goes for their sixth, the competition will be a little different.

Lake Travis High is moving up from a 4A school to 5A.

"You never know what to expect. We were thinking we would probably go into the 5A district there in Austin along with Del Valle," Carter said.

It turns out, Carter was right. Schools ranked as 5A have an enrollment of at least 2,090 students. Lake Travis High has just over 2,200 students.

Overall Carter says the players and coaches are excited about the new challenge and new rivals.

"Our non-district, we have a couple of new opponents -- A&M Consolidated, so that will be a little bit of a trip, but that will be fun traveling over there," Carter added. "We also play Round Rock Westwood, which is a team we've played in years past. The open of the season we have Converse Jetson.

To prepare to play in a much bigger district, the Cavaliers say they will be spending much more time working out this off season and summer.

"It's really hard right now. It's not fun at all, but it's all gonna come out good in the end," said Lake Travis quarterback Baker Mayfield.

The junior will be the starting quarterback next year when Lake Travis competes in the new district. He says the team will have a target on its back, but that they're ready.

"They have nothing to lose," Mayfield said. "They always want to beat us, so they're gonna come at us with all their will."

So will their fans. Lake Travis' stadium seats 7,000. The district is already making plans to bring in another 3,500 seats for the big games. Officials say they will also spend $2 million to upgrade athletic facilities including the stadium -- money that was earned on interest from the 2006 bond. 

The realignment not only affects football, but all of the other sports, as well as academic and fine arts programs, including journalism, music, debate and theater. District officials say moving into a larger classification will allow these programs to grow and prosper.