by A.C. Hall
The 2014 UIL redistricting is complete and will see the Bears facing off against three new schools in district 5-5A. Brewer fans looking for fewer long road trips received some mild relief as Denton Guyer, Lake Dallas and Byron Nelson are all gone from the district; however, Wichita Falls High, Wichita Falls Rider, Azle and Denton High remain. This means the 240 mile, four hour round trip to Wichita Falls will still be a reality for the Bears. The three new schools are closer to home, as the Saginaw trio of high schools join the district. This includes Saginaw, Boswell, and Chisholm Trail.
Saginaw and Boswell are no strangers to the Bears, having occupied the same district for years leading up to the 2012 redistricting. Chisholm Trail is a new school that opened in 2012. Saginaw’s football program is similarly ranked with Brewer’s, while Chisholm Trail is still a new program looking to find its way. Boswell remains a strong team and will be a new challenge for the Bears to take on in the next two years.
Leading into their district schedule in 2014, the Bears will face Western Hills, Arlington Heights, and Burleson in their three non-district games. Normally set up by the Head Coach, these games were set up by the WSISD Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, John Hebert while the search continues for a new leader for the Brewer Bears.
The UIL intitiated a new classifiction system this year by adding a class 6A. Each classification moved up one level based on attendance figures.