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Thursday, December 3, 2020

UIL re-alignments complete for Kennedale HS with mixed result

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?The year of charter schools …
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Earlier this year UIL announced district assignments for football, volleyball and basketball. The rest of the sports assignments were posted recently including academics, baseball, softball, track ?n field, soccer, tennis, swimming, golf and cross-country. {{more:? continue …}}
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Kennedale remains in Class 4A and in Region II except for two sports, swimming and soccer.
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The UIL divides the state into four regions for playoff purposes. These regions are loosely around what we think of west Texas (Region I), north Texas (Region II), east Texas (Region III) and south Texas (Region IV). Kennedale, like other teams in this area, fall along the dividing line between east and west regions. Kennedale has played at times in each of these regions over the year.
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Most of the KHS teams (including academic teams/fine arts) will complete for the next two years in Region II District 10/4A. The make-up of that district varies somewhat depending on the activity.
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Softball and baseball play in District 10/4A but the lineup for this district is quite different from the lineup of schools that basketball, volleyball, golf, track & field, cross-county share.
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Academic/fine arts will compete in the same district but will see the addition of three additional charter schools.
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Scratching your head?
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It is simpler to just consider each sport separately. There are some familiar opponents but for most sports it is a new line-up of schools. For most of the high school?s activities this will be known as ?the year of the charter schools.? For Wildcat football, it is another two years married to Fort Worth.
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Say goodbye to cross-town trips. For many the next two years will be cross the metroplex trip. t

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District alignment for the next 2020 and 2021 ?

Football – Region 2 District 6/4A?

This time around is little different from the past two years. Lake Worth has been spun off into a district in Region II while Kennedale and River Oaks remain in this FT Worth ISD dominated district.
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Lake Worth was replaced by not one but two more FTW teams, both dropping down from Class 5A because of declining enrollments – FTW Eastern Hills and FTW Carter-Riverside.
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New district line-up –?Kennedale, FWISD Benbrook, FWISD Carter-Riverside, FWISD Dunbar, FWISD Eastern Hills, FWISD Diamond Hill-Jarvis, FWISD Western Hills and River Oaks Castleberry.
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Prospects;?The Wildcats remain in the favorite?s spot. Last year, the district finished Kennedale 6-0, Dunbar 5-1, Castleberry 4-2, Lake Worth 3-3, Benbrook 2-4 and Western Hills 0-6.

Basketball (Boys & Girls) – Region II District 10/4A?

For basketball and most other UIL activities, Kennedale was moved out of a Fort Worth ISD dominated district and merged into District 10, a district predominately charter schools.
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Charter schools are separate from public ISD?s and are not bound by public school district boundaries, drawing students from a wide area.
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New district line-up –?Kennedale, Carrollton Ranchview, FT Worth Harmony School of Nature & Athletics, Dallas Oak Cliff Faith Family, Irving Uplift North Hills Prep, Arlington Uplift Summit Intl Prep and Dallas Uplift Williams Prep.
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Last year the Kennedale Wildcats Kennedale finished 26-10 and 11-1. The Kennedale Lady Kats finished 23-14, 12-0. Both were district champs (Wildcats were co-champs).
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Prospects:?Teams the Wildcats will be expected to compete for in the new district title will be Dallas Oak Cliff Faith Family (24-13, 8-0) and Carrollton Ranchview in Irving ISD (10-20, 6-2). It will be same for the Lady Kats with Ranchview (11-11) and Oak Cliff (13-17-1, 6-2).
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The Wildcats have the bigger challenge because Oak Cliff Family was state champions last year in 2019 and made it to the final four this year just before the COVID-19 threat closed schools and stopped the tournament.

Volleyball – Region II District 10/4A?

This was a special year for the Lady Kats as they reached the state final four for the first time in school history. Kennedale finished the year at 37-8, 12-0. Nearly all of that team returns next year and are gunning for a repeat performance.?
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New district line-up – ennedale, Carrollton Ranchview (Irving ISD), FTW Harmony School of Nature & Athletics, Dallas Oak Cliff Faith Family, Irving Uplift North Hills Prep, Arlington Uplift Summit Intl Prep and Dallas Uplift Williams Prep.
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Prospects: Ranchview may prove to be their biggest challenge in district play. The Ranchview Wolves finished 26-13, 8-0 and lost out to Kennedale in the third round of the playoffs.
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Golf, Cross-Country and Track & Field – Region II, District 10/4A
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New district line-up –?Kennedale, Carrollton Ranchview, FW Harmony School of Nature & Athletics, Dallas Oak Cliff Faith Family, Irving Uplift North Hills Prep, Arlington Uplift Summit Intl Prep (not in cross-country) and Dallas Uplift Williams Prep.

Academics ? Region II District 10/4A?

While Academic/FineArts also competes in District 10/4A the composition of the schools is significantly different. Kennedale has done well the last several years in straight up academic contests against Fort Worth ISD schools.?
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New district line-up –?Kennedale, Carrollton Ranchview, FW Harmony Sch. Of Nature & Athletics, International Leadership Arlington/Grand Prairie, International Leadership Keller/Saginaw, International Leadership Garland, Dallas Oak Cliff Faith Family, Irving Uplift North Hills Prep, Arlington Uplift Summit Intl Prep and Dallas Uplift Williams Prep.
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Prospects:?This year will be a different challenge for Kennedale as there are 8 charter schools in the new district plus Carrolton Ranchview.? These are schools that pride themselves on their academics.

Baseball/Softball – Region II District 10/4A?

This re-alignment has the Wildcats and Lady Kats playing in a district one that is more conventionalsports.? It includes only one one charter school and that is only for baseball. It is has the potential to be a challenging district for both Kennedale softball and baseball.
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New district line-up -?Kennedale, Carrollton Ranchview, Ferris, FW Harmony Sch. Of Nature & Athletics and Midlothian Heritage. (FW Harmony is dropped for softball).
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Prospects: For the Lady Kats, Midlothian Heritage 17-3 and Ferris 10-4 will come in as favorites after strong starts this paused season. For the Wildcats, this seems on the surface a wide-open district and this is good since the Cats will graduated a full team of seniors.
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Tennis (Boys & Girls) Region II, District 9/4A
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New district line-up:?Kennedale, Carrollton Ranchview, Ft Worth Benbrook, Ft Worth Carter-Riverside, Ft Worth Western Hills, FW Diamond Hill-Jarvis, FW Harmony School of Nature & Athletes.

Soccer (Boys & Girls) Region I, District 8/4A?

When COVID-19 shut down the schools this year, the Kennedale LadyKats were looking strong once again with a 17-3, 11-0 record two weeks away from the playoffs. The LadyKats were ranked #8 in the state by TGCA. Meanwhile, the Wildcats were ready of another playoff appearance at 15-9-6, 7-4, and were going for their third straight win in the first round of the UIL state tournament.
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New district line-up –?Kennedale, Alvarado, Godley, Midlothian Heritage, Venus, Waxahachie Life, Dallas Life Oak Cliff and Keene (boys only).
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Prospects: The Midlothian Heritage girls were also having a good season this year at 18-3-1. This was complimented the Heritage boys who were 22-3-1. Expect that success to carry over to next year. Godley will be playing their first regular varsity season in 2020-21.?
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Swimming (Boys & Girls) Region I, District 7/5A

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New district line-up – Kennedale, Ft Worth Arlington Hts, Ft Worth North Side, Ft Worth Southwest, Ft Worth Trimble Tech, Ft Worth Wyatt, Ft Worth Benbrook, Ft Worth Eastern Hills, and Ft Worth Western Hills.

See complete list @ UIL

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