By David Jenkins
Not much changed for Plano East Senior High athletics following the Thursday, Feb. 1 realignment.
Football, basketball and volleyball will be members of 9-6A Region II.
That alignment will be used during the 2018-’19 and 2019-’20 school years.
Returning from the old 6-6A are football state champions Allen, McKinney, McKinney Boyd, Plano and Plano West.
Dallas Jesuit, boys’ sports only, and 5A move up Prosper are new additions.
“The biggest shocker for me was Jesuit. Prosper had some success in (Class) 5A. The thing we’re most excited about is moving from Region I to Region II,” Plano East head football coach Joe McCullough said.
Wylie was bumped over to 10-6A with Sachse, Garland, Naaman Forest, Rowlett, North Garland and South Garland.
Guyer was switched to 5-6A Region I with Keller, Keller Central, Keller Fossil Ridge, Keller Timber Creek, Northwest Eaton, Northwest Nelson and Southlake Carroll.
McCullough said they lost two tough district teams in Wylie and Guyer.
“Those guys are very physical and are always tough to play,” the head coach said.
If Plano East makes the playoffs in volleyball, football or basketball, they’ll face a top four finisher from 10-6A.
In the non-district portion of the 2018 football schedule Plano East faces LD Bell (week one), Lake Highlands (week two as part of the Cotton Bowl Classic) and Sachse.
“You always want to play top level competition. I think our predistrict schedule gives us a chance to do just that,” McCullough said.
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