By BRAD ROLLINS
San Marcos High School will compete in Class 4A starting next school year under the University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment of Texas schools.
The move from Class 5A, the largest group, affects direct competition in all sports and also academic competitions ranging from math to choral to improvisational speaking.
Not surprisingly however most of the buzz is about how the change affects the Rattler’s football prospects. Their new District 27 foes include 2005 state champions San Antonio Alamo Heights and strong programs in Boerne, Cibolo Steele, Kerrville Tivy, New Braunfels Canyon, Schertz Clemens and old rival Seguin.
“It may be a tougher district top-to-bottom than the 5A district we were in. …I just don’t see a weak team,” said attorney Leon Breeden, the immediate past football booster club president.
Head coach and athletic director Steve Van Nest was at a Texas High School Coaches Association conference and could not be immediately reached this morning.
The move was not unexpected. For the last two years, San Marcos was the second-smallest school in 5A with a certified enrollment of 1,990; the cut off was 1,985. The school’s enrollment actually dropped in the two years since, to 1,978.
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