UIL Realignment: Lions heading north

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The Ozona Lions will be heading north next season.

The University Interscholastic League announced the 2018-19 and 2019-20 football and basketball district realignment Thursday morning.

In football, Ozona was placed in Conference 2A Division 1 Region 1 District 3-2A with Forsan, Hawley, Stamford and Winters.

This is a dramatic change to the Lions’ district from the past two seasons, which included Christoval, McCamey, Eldorado and Anthony. Ozona finished 6-5 overall this past season and 3-1 in district play.

“The new district will be more competitive and more travel. We are looking forward to playing several different teams in district this year,” said Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Kyle Freeman.

Stamford was the district champions finishing 10-3 overall and 4-0 in district play. They lost to Panhandle in the third round of the playoffs. Stamford is 206 miles from Ozona.

The Bulldogs have also won back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013.

Hawley was 8-4 overall and 3-1 in district play this past season. The Bearcats lost to Stratford in the second round of the playoffs. Hawley is 182 miles from Ozona.

Forsan finished 3-7 overall and 0-4 in district. Forsan is 114 miles from Ozona.

Hawley, Forsan and Stamford all competed in the same district this past season with Anson and Post. Ozona lost to Post in the first round of the playoffs.

Anson moved up to Class 3A Division 2 with Ballinger, Bangs, Cisco, Coleman, Merkel, Grape Creek and TLC Academy.

Post moved to District 2-2A with Floydada, Hale Center, New Deal, Olton and Sundown.

Winters is new to Conference 2A Division 1, moving up from Division 2.

The Blizzards were 5-6 overall and 4-1 in district play. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to Wink. Winters is 134 miles from Ozona.

They were previously in the district with Albany, Miles, Bronte, Cross Plains and Baird.

Football workouts begin Aug. 6.

Ozona will scrimmage Roscoe in San Angelo and scrimmage Coahoma, Freeman said.

Non-district opponents will be Sonora, Iraan, Reagan County, Harper, Junction and Crane in that order before beginning district play.

Christoval, McCamey and Eldorado moved down to Class 2A Division 2. Christoval and Eldorado join Miles, Menard and Irion County in District 8-2A, while McCamey faces familiar opponents in Iraan, McCamey, Wink and Van Horn in District 1-2A.

Anthony moved up to Class 3A Division 2 with Alpine, Reagan County and Crane.

Sonora is heading to the Hill Country in Conference 3A Division 2 Region 4 District 13 with Blanco, Brady, Comfort, Ingram Moore and Johnson City.

In basketball, Ozona’s district remains about the same with the Lions facing familiar opponents Christoval, Eldorado, Forsan, Miles and Winters in District 7-2A.

Full realignment information can be found on the UIL’s website at realignment.uiltexas.org

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