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Leander in for big change under UIL realignment

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The University Interscholastic League, known as UIL, is in the process of redrawing district boundaries for 1,400 Texas schools. They do it every two years, and this time, it comes with some big implications.

Rouse High School in Leander is re-classifying 6A, which means they will be up against some of the largest schools in Texas next year.

"It may be a great move for football, but volleyball may be entering a brutal district or vice versa,” Rouse Football Head Coach Joshua Mann said. “You know where we found success we may find more or we may find less depending on the competition."

New lines mean new rivals, but UIL isn't in the business of creating drama.

"We don't take into account old rivalries or anything like that,” UIL Director of Athletics Mark Cousins said. “We basically do it as much as possible based on geography."

The Leander schools made over $400,000 from football ticket sales last year. Now the UIL is bumping them up to 6A, which means that money could be in jeopardy because the district Leander schools is going into doesn't have enough stadiums to play every game on a Friday night.

"We try to avoid Thursday night football if we can,” Mann said. “It's not a bad thing. Now we are going to have that challenge not only with our stadium but with the Round Rock stadium."

Rouse will be one of the smallest schools in the 6A class, competing against high schools with hundreds and even thousands of more students.

"It's fun when you get into a new district because it creates new opportunities,” Mann said.

The UIL has been working on realignment since October. Officials will reveal the new districts Feb. 3.

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