The University Interscholastic League announced its biennial realignment of football and basketball districts on Monday, February 3rd, pleasing both the EHS coaching staff and school administrators.

Eldorado’s football district remains mostly unchanged, except for the addition of Junction to replace the Irion County Hornets who transitioned to six-man football a year ago. The Eagles last played Junction in 2009.

The Eagles will play football next season in District 14-2A Div. II where they will compete against Christoval, Junction, Menard, Miles and Rocksprings. The 77-mile drive to Junction will be the longest of the district road trips. Rocksprings is 76 miles away while Miles 65, Menard is 51 and Christoval is 25.

The biennial realignment not only moved Eldorado from District 8-2A into District 14-2A, it also moved the Eagles into UIL Region IV. That’s significant since if and when the Eagles advance into the playoffs next season, they will be facing teams south and east of here.

Eagles head football coach Michael Johnson said he looks forward to the 2020 season and hopes to see the Warbirds advance into the playoffs. A deep playoff run in Region IV could see the Eagles traveling into South Texas.

Eldorado’s district football schedule will be supplemented with five non-district games. Coach Johnson announced Tuesday that games have been scheduled with San Saba, Winters, Coahoma, Wink and Sonora.

Eldorado once played Coahoma on a regular basis, usually in the playoffs, but it’s been a few years. The same goes for the Sonora’s been awhile. In fact, the Eagles and the Broncos have not faced one another in football since 2005.

In basketball, the Eagles and Lady Eagles will continue to play next season in District 7-2A where they will compete with Christoval, Fort Hancock, McCamey, Ozona and Wink.

The five-hour, 328-mile trip to Fort Hancock is easily the longest. Wink is more than three hours away at 196 miles, while McCamey is considerably closer at 109 miles. By comparison, Ozona at 50 miles and Christoval at 25 miles, seem like they’re just around the corner.

SCISD Superintendent Robert Gibson was also pleased with the realignment.

“We are excited about our new district,” Gibson said. “We expect Eagles athletes to be in the hunt for more district championships!”

The UIL will announce in the coming weeks the district alignments for spring sports including tennis, track, golf, tennis, softball and baseball.