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February 3, 2014

H.S. Sports: UIL Realignment has Dogwood Circle teams facing new opponents




“I definitely think we’re coming away with a good non-district schedule,” Brown added. “There are some good ball clubs in there, and it gives us a chance to compete against people we need to be competing against.”




Frankston’s district will be against Arp, New Diana, Elysian Fields, West Rusk, Troup, Waskom and Winona.


The Indians have the biggest district of the Dogwood Circle teams, and Frankston coach Matt Nally said he expects this year to be an interesting one.


“UIL is going to do whatever they’re going to do, and we’ll come out ready for it,” Nally said. “They put us in a district that they thought we needed to be in, and there’s a lot of great teams in it. It’ll be a lot of fun to be a part of, and you’ll have to bring a sack lunch every week and be ready to play.


“Over here in Frankston, we’re calling it ‘The Little District of Doom,’” he added.


For non-district, Frankston will play against just Grand Saline, Sabine and Cayuga because of the size of the Indians’ district. Nally said he expects a big crowd against Cayuga in the non-district matchup.


“Well, you know, it’s a short trip for both schools,” Nally said. “It’ll be fun for the kids because they all know each other and our coaches know each other. It’ll be a good fun game, and we’ll expect a good amount of fans from both sides out there.”




Oakwood, whose non-district schedule is longer than its district schedule, has Kamack, Fannindel,

Mount Calm and Trinidad in its new district.


Oakwood coach Mike Heckathorn said he thought the Panthers could go one of two ways in the realignment, and they did just that.

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