The six-team district consists of Beeville’s A.C. Jones, the Gonzales Apaches, La Vernia Bears, Pleasanton Eagles, Robstown Cotton Pickers and Rockport-Fulton Pirates.
The Trojans have been aligned with Pleasanton, Robstown and Rockport-Fulton in former districts over the past few years. La Vernia and Gonzales will be new district foes for the Beeville football boys.
The Trojans moved down a notch in enrollment for this realignment. At 969 students reported at A.C. Jones High, the Beeville boys will fall into a 4A, Division I classification that extends to schools with enrollments between 686-1,059.
It should make the playing field a little more even than the previous two years for the Trojans. Beeville was stuck with schools with over twice its enrollment last year and found it was difficult to compete. The Beeville boys go from one of the smallest old 4A classifications to one of the bigger new 4A Div. I arenas.
“I think alignment went well for us,” said Trojan Athletic Director Jimmie Mitchell, head football coach. “We are now in a district where our numbers are comparable to the other teams in our district. Even though our numbers align much better, we are still in a very competitive district with all but Robstown making the playoffs last year.”
For all other sports, the districts will be a little more aligned with geography in mind. The Trojans in basketball will be in District 31-4A with the likes of Corpus Christi West Oso, Ingleside, Kingsville King, Orange Grove, Robstown, Rockport-Fulton and Sinton.
“We will still have to go out and perform at our highest level next year. Those teams are all solid teams with some very good coaches,” said Trojan head coach Mike Luce.
“To compete in any district you have got to play good defense, cut down on your mistakes and execute.”
Lady Trojan head coach Lisa Hess, in her first year with the Lady Trojans, was also pleased to be in a new alignment for the next couple of years.
“I am excited about our new district alignment. I don’t think it can be any tougher than the district we just got out of with the Victoria schools with over 2,000 enrollment,” Hess said.
“I think we will be ready next year to be very competitive and hopefully in the hunt for a playoff spot.”