The University Interscholastic League has announced its 2020-2022 alignments for other sports besides football and basketball, and not much differs from basketball for Ellis County school districts.
The UIL now has complete alignments for volleyball, baseball, softball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, golf, fall team tennis, spring tennis, track and field, and wrestling. The governing body released its basketball realignment along with football back on Feb. 3.
The biggest difference between basketball and other sports will be in the sports of volleyball, baseball and softball at the lower levels. These districts all coincide with hoops at all levels except Class 2A, which combines 1A and 2A schools. In these sports, 1A and 2A schools will break out into separate playoff brackets as before.
In volleyball, Avalon and Italy will compete in District 15-2A with Itasca, Rio Vista, Blum, Covington, Kopperl and Arlington TLC, while Milford has been placed separately in District 13-2A with Dawson, Frost, Abbott, Aquilla, Bynum, Gholson and Penelope.
Baseball and softball are similar, except that only in baseball will all three south Ellis County schools compete together in the same district, which will be 15-2A. Italy, Avalon and Milford will be joined by Frost, Itasca, Rio Vista, Abbott, Blum and Covington on the diamond.
In softball, Avalon and Italy are placed into 14-2A with Dawson, Frost, Wortham, Coolidge, Hubbard and Mount Calm. Milford did not declare for softball in the coming alignment.
Soccer for 5A and 6A will be the same as in basketball. However, in 4A soccer, local schools will compete in separate districts, with Ferris headed east to join District 12-4A with Athens, Kaufman, Mabank, Sunnyvale, Terrell, Dallas A+ Academy and Kemp. Midlothian Heritage and Life Waxahachie will compete in 8-4A with Alvarado, Godley, Kennedale, Venus, Life Oak Cliff and Keene (boys only).
In swimming, Waxahachie will remain in District 11-6A, while Midlothian, Heritage, Red Oak and Life will compete together in 14-5A. 5A is the lowest classification in both swimming and wrestling.
Midlothian and Heritage are the only two Ellis County schools to declare for wrestling, and both have been placed in a far-flung District 6-5A that includes Arlington Seguin, Burleson Centennial, Lancaster, Whitehouse, Gatesville, Pittsburg and Winnsboro.
In both cross country and spring athletics alignments — including golf, spring tennis, and track and field — the districts will be the same as basketball in all classifications.
Team tennis alignments in 5A and 6A will be the same as in basketball, while 4A includes smaller schools electing to participate. Heritage, Ferris, Godley and Alvarado will be joined by Class 3A Whitney in District 11-4A.