UIL: Royal-Memorial receives backing for state title games
Continued from C classification state championship games between Reliant Stadium in Houston, the Alamodome in San Antonio and Cowboys Stadium. UIL director Charles Breithaupt said Royal-Memorial Stadium should be added to the list.
Westlake and three-time defending state 4A champion Lake Travis will kick off the regular season Aug. 28 at Royal-Memorial Stadium. A year ago, the Chaparrals reached the 5A, Division I state-title game.
“It’s going to feel like a playoff atmosphere,” said Lake Travis’ first-year coach, Hank Carter. The Cavaliers and Chaparrals have a two-year agreement to open the season at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Carter said.
Carter recalled the Cavaliers facing Killeen in a postseason game at Royal-Memorial two years ago, and players from both teams slipped on wet and choppy grass. The university has since installed FieldTurf, an artificial surface that grants better traction.
Attracting state championship games to Austin was one reason Texas switched from grass to FieldTurf, Brown said. In other convention news:
The UIL might be expanded within two years to include a Class 6A, Breithaupt said.
The possible change will be presented to state superintendents in a survey in September, and the survey results will be taken to the UIL Legislative Council in October. If the council agrees to the plan, the state could have six classes for the next realignment shift in 2012.
The addition of a Class 6A would narrow the enrollment gap for all classifications — particularly in 5A. For example, Plano East has a student enrollment of 6,171 and Allen 5,049 while Westlake totals 2,482 and Anderson 1,977.
Creating a Class 6A would allow four teams from every district in each UIL classification to reach the playoffs, Breithaupt said. Right now, only the 5A and 4A classifications have four teams advance from each district.
Detractors of the plan say that creating a Class 6A will create travel nightmares for some schools. As an example, Breithaupt said, El Paso schools elevated to 6A might have to travel 250 miles to Odessa for district games.
Class 5A has been the state’s largest classification since 1980.
Random steroid testing of athletes competing in UIL sports will continue in the upcoming academic year, but on a smaller scale. The Texas Education Agency, which allotted $1 million for tests last year, will receive $750,000 for the program this school year.
UIL athletic director Cliff Odenwald said steroid testing had been a deterrent to young people using steroids. The fall testing report released by the UIL in 2009 listed two high school athletes as testing positive for steroids from a group of 3,133 students tested.
Students from 193 schools were selected for the tests, 1,969 boys from 11 sports and 1,164 girls from 10 sports. The sports with the most students tested were football for boys (687) and volleyball for girls (170).
Tyson Brower, a safety from Westwood, has been added to the North team’s roster for tonight’s annual THSCA All-Star Football Game at the Alamodome. He replaces Newman Smith safety Randall Joyner.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
UIL director Charles Breithaupt said Monday that Royal-Memorial Stadium should be included in a state-title game rotation.