Schools going different ways after UIL reshuffling


After going east for two years to play powerhouses Gladewater, Tatum Sabine and West Rusk the Mineola Yellowjackets will be traveling north and west the next two years to play football.

New alignments were announced Monday by the University Interscholastic League and take effect in the fall.

Mineola is now in Region 2 Class 3A District 5 Division 1 with Bonham, Commerce, Howe, Mount Vernon, Pottsboro, Rains and Winnsboro. That will give Mineola seven district games and just three non-district contests.

Quitman moves to Region 3 Class 3A District 9 Division 2 playing familiar foes Arp, Harmony, Grand Saline, Troup, Winona and West Rusk, which drops from Division 1. The Bulldogs will face six district games and four non-district.

Alba-Golden drops to Class 2A Division 1 where they will be in Region 2 District 6 and will face off against Rivercrest, Celeste, Como-Pickton, Cooper, Honey Grove and Wolfe City. The Panthers will have six district contests and four non-district matches.

Basketball has changed for the first time in many years with Quitman and Mineola moving to Region 2 Class 3A District 13 where they will play Harmony, Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill, Mount Vernon, Winnsboro and Winona. Volleyball for Quitman and Mineola will also be District 13 where the district is the same as basketball with the exception of Winnsboro, which does not have volleyball.

Alba-Golden moves to Region 2 District 15 2A for basketball where they join Como-Pickton, Cooper, Cumby, Quinlan Boles and North Hopkins. In volleyball the Lady Panthers will move to Region 3 District 18 where they will be joined by Yantis, Greenville PTAA, Fruitvale, North Hopkins, Quinlan Boles and Cumby.

In Class 1A basketball Yantis moves to District 24 and gets to travel to Avery, Avinger, Bloomburg, Union Hill, Saltillo and Sulphur Bluff.