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Robert E. Lee is only East Texas school in highest UIL sports classification

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(TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Robert E. Lee is the lone East Texas team in high school's highest classification.

The release Monday morning of the University Interscholastic League's cutoff numbers for reclassification and realignment put the "new" 6A cutoff at 2100 and above.

Lee turned in 2547, while John Tyler (2000.5), Longview (2066) and even Lufkin (2088) make up the old 4A, which is now Class 5A.

 

Rod Kaspar, Tyler ISD athletic director, said this was about what he had expected.

"They went up (a little more) in 6A, but it still sounds about right and (2100) is a good number," Kaspar said.

Kaspar envisions the possibility of John Tyler, Longview, Lufkin, Whitehouse and Jacksonville in the same district.

 

"That could be a great district if that is the way the UIL wants to go," Kaspar said. "Longview could also go north with Hallsville, Marshall and that group, so it will be interesting how the UIL separates the schools."

Lee is a free agent and Kaspar said the Red Raiders could go with its usual district foes in Mesquite, Rockwall and two other schools to replace Longview and Rockwall-Heath, which do not have the numbers. He added Lee could also join the Garland ISD district.

"I think we could be competitive in both district (scenarios)," Kaspar said.

The complete district realignments will be released in the first week of February, 2014

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