STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
MARBLE FALLS — The University Interscholastic League denied a request from the Marble Falls Independent School District to move to District 18-5A for non-football competition for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.
That means the Mustangs will remain in District 17-5A with Cedar Park High, Leander Glenn, Leander Rouse, Pflugerville High, Pflugerville Connally, and Pflugerville Weiss.
MFISD Superintendent Chris Allen and athletics director Rick Hoover presented the appeal to the UIL, the governing body for extracurricular activities for public schools, during a hearing Feb. 20.
Hoover said the UIL uses two factors to determine district placement for each member.
“They base everything on numbers (student enrollment) and geography,” he said.
MFISD’s presentation centered around its desire to be in a district that was similar to itself: facing opponents that are from one high-school towns. That was the attraction of District 18-5A, which includes Elgin, Hutto, and Manor along with Georgetown High, Georgetown East View, Bastrop High, and Bastrop Cedar Creek.
Hoover said the UIL’s “variables are outdated.”
“We made a very good argument that we feel like we should be competing with schools similar to us,” the athletic director said.
In District 17-5A, Marble Falls has the least number of students (1,240) and is competing against high schools with enrollments ranging from 1,514 students to 2,055 students.
District 18-5A schools are similar to Marble Falls High School in enrollment.
MFISD’s other concern was how weighted District 17-5A is to Leander ISD and Pflugerville ISD. With both those districts having three high schools each in the district, and Marble Falls only having one, LISD and PISD carry a lot of sway when it comes to voting on athletic district decisions.
Hoover said it was disappointing MFISD didn’t get the outcome it wanted.
“But we’ll reload and compete,” he said. “No excuses.”