On Monday morning, a scramble to figure out scheduling occurred all across Texas.
The Texas UIL realigned the districts across the state and added another classification to the mix.
For Dogwood Circle teams, this meant a change of scenery and new opponents as well as a few old foes.
For the Wildcats, their new district will be Class 4A DI District 9.
In this district will be Palestine, Carthage, Kilgore, Chapel Hill, Henderson and Brownsboro.
In non-district play, Palestine will take on Van, Jacksonville, Fairfield, Paris and Kaufman.
Palestine coach Lance Angel said when he saw the draw that Palestine received, he knew his team was in for a tough season ahead of them.
“We weren’t really surprised by what came out today,” Angel said. “It’s a tough district. I would dare say it’s the toughest district in 4A DI in the state. But it’s one of those things where we’re looking forward to a challenge like that.
“Our kids will be ready for this season,” Angel added. “There’s some pride in being in that tough of a district and have to compete week in and week out. There’s no off weeks.”
For the non-district games, Palestine scheduled a few familiar faces there as well. With Jacksonville, Fairfield and Kaufman, the Wildcats faced these teams last year and know them well. Angel said he expects a tough road ahead of the team this season.
“The biggest thing about this, is you look at that schedule and five out of the 10 teams we’re going to play have played for a state title in the last four years,” Angel said. “That’s just one of those things. You want to be challenged. It gives our kids something to work for and gives them a chance to go out and prove themselves.”