Guyer joins Class 6A in new UIL realignment

Guyer will move into a new district as part of the bi-annual University Interscholastic League District realignment for football and basketball.

The UIL announced its state-wide process of placing schools in athletics districts by student enrollment figures Monday.

Guyer and Ryan will be in the same district for the first time since 2008, joining the four Keller ISD high schools: Keller, Central, Fossil Ridge and Timber Creek, as well as the two Northwest ISD high schools: Northwest and Byron Nelson in District 5-6A.

UIL officials reorganized the classification system prior to the realignment, bumping up all teams a classification without drastically altering enrollment figures for each class.

This move – essentially moving Class 5A teams to 6A, 4A teams to 5A, etc. – was devised to help alleviate confusion in regards to “six-man” football and help with the playoff structure in lower classifications where the UIL also approved the addition of a fourth playoff team at the 3A and 2A levels.

The cutoff point for Class 6A enrollment was set at 2,100 or above, an increase of 10 students from the current 5A alignment of 2,090. That jump in enrollment forced Guyer – which submitted an enrollment of 2,291 students to UIL officials – to move up to Class 6A.

Guyer and Ryan will have the second and third smallest enrollments in their new district.
The cutoff point for Class 5A enrollment was set between 1,060 and 2,099 students.

District travel will be local for all the three Denton ISD schools with all games scheduled in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, except for Denton’s annual trek to Wichita Falls.

Playoff travel also will be a DFW affair with first-round matchups with District 6-6A (Allen, Lewisville, McKinney and Plano ISD) for Guyer and Ryan and first-round matchups with District 6-5A (Fort Worth, Grapevine, Lake Dallas and Birdville ISD) for Denton.

All district realignments are tentative until approved by the UIL on Feb. 20.

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