As expected, Three Rivers dropped from 2A to 1A, but AD Randy Palmer said that doesn’t mean its an automatic trip to the playoffs.
“No matter what your classification is, you have to play well,” he said. “Just because you move down, it doesn’t mean you’re playing for the state championship.”
In football, Three Rivers will be in 1A Division 1, Region 4, District 15. Other members of the district are Ganado, Kenedy, Shiner and Yorktown.
Palmer acknowledges that the new district will mean longer road trips, especially to Ganado and Shiner.
“We’re looking at two-and-a-half, three-hour trips,” he said.
Palmer is familiar with Kenedy and Yorktown, but not with Ganado and Shiner, but both of those teams have a reputation for strong teams.
“It’ll be pretty tough,” he said. “But I’ll put us with the rest of the schools in our district.”
Palmer said his non-district schedule includes scrimmages against Stockdale and Cotulla, and games against Skidmore-Tynan, Nixon-Smiley, Natalia, Falls City and George West.
This will be the fourth year for Palmer and offensive coordinator Carl Straube.
“They’re getting stronger as a group,” he said of his team. “I think they’ll step in and get the job done.”
In George West, AD Tim Holt has set an aggressive non-district schedule that includes games against three 3A schools, Bandera, Ingleside and Orange Grove. The 2A school’s final non-district games will be against Three Rivers, which beat them last year.
“How we get through those four games health-wise and mentally will be the key to our season,” Holt said.
George West will play football in 2A Division 1, Region 4, District 15 against Goliad, Jourdanton, Luling, San Antonio Brooks, San Antonio Cole and Marion.
“The district will be a little bit of a challenge,” Holt said. “Marion is better than anyone in our district this year.”
However, Holt said he focuses on his team, and doesn’t worry so much about his opponents.
“I’m always more concerned with what we have and what we’re doing,” he said.
In basketball, George West will play in Region 4, District 31 against Banquete, Freer, Mathis, Odem, San Diego, Skidmore-Tynan and Taft.
Three Rivers will be in Region 4, District 30. Other members are Falls City, Kenedy, Pettus, Runge and Yorktown.
McMullen County will be in Region 4, District 32 against Corpus Christi College Prep, Corpus Christi London, San Isidro and San Perlita.
The school does not play football.
Realignment for volleyball and baseball is due this spring.