On Thursday morning the University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced the 2012-14 district alignments for football and basketball.
The realignment brings some new district foes for all three Hutchinson County high schools.
In perhaps the worst kept secret in regards to realignment in the area over the past couple of months, Amarillo River Road made the move up to be a part of District 1-3A with Borger, Dalhart, Pampa and Perryton.
Sanford-Fritch will once again compete in District 1-2A Division II which will once again include Amarillo Highland Park and Spearman. The district no longer features teams in the Plainview area, but the road to a district title will be as tough as ever with longtime 1A powers Canadian moving up to join the district along with Boys Ranch.
In basketball, Sanford-Fritch will compete in District 1-2A along with Amarillo Highland Park, Boys Ranch, Canadian, Spearman, and Bushland.
District 1-2A Division I for football will include Bushland, Childress, Dimmitt, Friona, Littlefield, and Muleshoe.
The placement of Bushland and Littlefield in the same district will more than likely mean the Borger Bulldogs will open the football season the next two years with the Bushland Falcons.
In talking about the upcoming football schedule on Wednesday with Borger Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Rusty Purser, the Bulldogs season opener for the next two years depended on the placement of Bushland and Littlefield. If the teams were not placed within the same district, the two schools had agreed to open the next two seasons against each other. This would've caused Borger to look for a new season opener for two years with Canyon being a possibility to fill that position.
The move to 2A for Boys Ranch and Canadian changed the landscape of the 1A districts in the Texas Panhandle.
In District 1-1A Division I, the West Texas High Comanches will continue to compete in one of the toughest 1A football districts in the state, which will include Clarendon, Memphis, Panhandle, Stratford, and Sunray.
The battle for the district football title in District 1-1A Division II will be fun to watch with Booker and Wellington placed in the same district, along with Shamrock and Wheeler. District 2-1A Division II in football will include Claude, Gruver, Vega, and White Deer.
In basketball, District 1-1A will have a familiar look with West Texas High being placed with Booker, Gruver, Stratford, and Sunray.
District 2-1A in basketball will include Clarendon, Claude, Panhandle, Vega and White Deer.
Other moves to affect the Texas Panhandle include Amarillo High, Lubbock High, and Lubbock Monterey dropping from 5A to 4A.
Due to the three schools dropping, the 4A landscape will change with District 3-4A consisting of Amarillo High, Amarillo Caprock, Amarillo Palo Duro, Canyon, Canyon Randall, and Dumas.
District 4-4A will be made up of Hereford, Lubbock High, Lubbock Monterey, Plainview, San Angelo Lake View, and Wolforth Frenship.
Amarillo Tascosa and Lubbock Coronado will now be the only two 5A schools north of Interstate 20.
The splitting of the region's 4A schools into four districts will open the door for Borger High to play several of the bigger schools in non-district action.
According to Purser, if the 4A teams were to be split as they have, the Bulldogs are tentatively to take on Amarillo Caprock, Amarillo Palo Duro, Canyon Randall, and Dumas in football over the next two years. The official 2012 Borger Bulldog football schedule has yet to be finalized as of Thursday.