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Gilmer's new district announced

From The Gilmer Mirror:

The University Interscholastic League has moved the Gilmer Buckeyes back to their traditional Region II in Class 3A in District 16-3A.

The other teams in 16-3A are Carthage, Gladewater, Longview Spring Hill, Pittsburg and Henderson.

Gilmer has the fourth-largest enrollment in the new district, so it is almost certain that it will be in Division II come playoff time.

This is the first time Gilmer and Carthage, the defending 3A state champions in Division I and Division II respectively, have been in the same district since 1997 when they were in District 16-4A together.

Henderson, which is moving down from Class 4A, was also in that district. The range of enrollment for 3A schools is now from 430 to 989 in high school. Gilmer High School turned in an enrollment of 628 for this realignment, its lowest number in many years.

The bi-district opponent for the Buckeyes will come from District 15-3A, whose schools include Texarkana Liberty-Eylau and Pleasant Grove, Paris, Paris North Lamar, Atlanta and Mount Vernon.

Is this the toughest district in the state?

Class 3A Official Realignment Information

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2010-12 Reclassification & Realignment Information

From KLTV Tyler: Welcome to the District of Doom

From KYTX CBS 19: CBS 19's Complete Coverage of the UIL Realignment

Gilmer's Non-District Schedule


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“They’re all good this time of the year,” stated Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor, who has led his alma mater to a 108-17 record and one state championship in his 10 years at the helm of the Buckeyes.

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“We do have some experience and tradition,” admitted La Vega head coach Willie Williams, who has a 135-84-2 record in his 20th season as Pirates’ head coach.

Like Traylor, Williams is coaching in his hometown. “This is the only place I’ve known. I graduated from here and I’ve coached here for 27 years. I’ve never coache…