Marble Falls ISD appeals placement in larger-school District 17-5A for non-football sports

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO

Marble Falls High School junior forward Trinity Boyd splits the San Antonio Alamo Heights defense as she attempts a shot during the Lady Mustangs’ 57-26 win Jan. 15. With the recent University Interscholastic League realignment, all Mustangs non-football teams will play in District 17-5A, which includes schools with larger enrollments than Marble Falls High School. School district officials have appealed to the UIL to move those teams to District 18-5A, which has schools with similar enrollments to Marble Falls. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls High School junior forward Trinity Boyd splits the San Antonio Alamo Heights defense as she attempts a shot during the Lady Mustangs’ 57-26 win Jan. 15. With the recent University Interscholastic League realignment, all Mustangs non-football teams will play in District 17-5A, which includes schools with larger enrollments than Marble Falls High School. School district officials have appealed to the UIL to move those teams to District 18-5A, which has schools with similar enrollments to Marble Falls. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls Independent School District officials are appealing to the University Interscholastic League to move non-football sports from District 17-5A to District 18-5A.

On Feb. 1, the UIL announced district realignment, which placed Marble Falls non-football high school athletics in District 17-5A with Cedar Park, Leander Glenn, Leander Rouse, Pflugerville, Pflugerville Connally, and Pflugerville Weiss high schools.

MFISD officials said by moving to District 18-5A, school teams will face opponents similar to Marble Falls High School in enrollment.

Marble Falls High School has an enrollment of 1,240 students. The other schools in 17-5A have enrollments ranging from 1,514 students to 2,055 students.

“In basketball and volleyball, we have a slight disadvantageous situation for our kids (in District 17-5A),” MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen said. “It’s not as equatable as it could be with minor adjustments.”

The new districts are for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.

District 18-5A has Bastrop (1,469), Bastrop Cedar Creek (1,623), Elgin (1,297), Georgetown High (1,997), Georgetown East View (1,607), Hutto (1,990), and Manor (1,912) high schools.

“(District 18) is more equal in terms of enrollment,” Allen said. “We think it’s reasonable.”

The UIL will review the appeal at a later date.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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