NEISD Sports District Realignment Announced South San joins Reagan, Johnson in New District 27

Reagan football player Chad Sthele

The Texas UIL announced its sports district realignment Feb. 1, with changes affecting North East ISD for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years.  South San Antonio ISD has joined the NEISD schools as they all move to District 27-6A. Reagan and Johnson High Schools had found their home in District 26-6A for more than a decade.  The change affects all sports:  football, volleyball, golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, and etc..


The addition of the South San Bobcats will increase the number of schools competing from seven to eight.  The even number will allow all the football teams to select the same week for their bye  – now slated for the 6th week of the season – rather than alternating.  Each football team now will play only 3 non-district games rather than four.  Another big change – the first-round football playoff opponent will come from neighboring Northside ISD, rather than schools in Austin.  


“This is the first time we’ve been in this district with these eight teams,” said Kelly Parker, assistant athletic director at NEISD. “Now we’ll play O’Connor, Brandeis or Brennan in the first round of the playoffs.”


The change in district translates into more games in other venues, as the North East teams will now travel to South San for some of their contests.  But the reduction in non-district games and change of first-round playoff venue provide potential for reduced overall travel time for players, fans and parents.  


“Whoever you play in the playoffs is going to be challenging,” Parker added. 

“But it will be easier to schedule the games with Northside and easier for parents who won’t have to drive as far.  That might change those long drives to Austin – there will still be some – just not as many.” 


“It is going to be great.  South San has good programs and their teams are well coached.  We’ve played them in the playoffs before, and the games are not going to be easy,” said Lyndon Hamilton, Reagan athletic coordinator. 


“We’ll have to be ready for district play one week earlier.  Our first district game will be week four (scheduled now against Johnson.) You always want to win your first game, your first district game, and your first playoff game,” Hamilton added. 


Submitted by Amy Morgan