February 3, 2020
Cypress Falls moved to Region II and joined Bridgeland, Cypress Lakes, Cypress Park, Cypress Ranch, Cypress Springs, Cypress Woods and Langham Creek high schools in the new District 16-6A for the 2020-2022 UIL Reclassification and Realignment. The new districts were announced Feb. 3 for football, basketball and volleyball programs, with the remaining alignments to follow.
Feb. 3, 2020—Two years after Cypress-Fairbanks ISD high school athletic teams were split into separate districts for the first time in history, an all-CFISD league will return with eight of the 12 district schools as a result of the University Interscholastic League’s biennial Reclassification and Realignment on Feb. 3.
The UIL announced the 2020-2022 realignment at 9 a.m., doing so for football, basketball and volleyball programs.
Cypress Falls High School moves over from Region III and joins Bridgeland, Cypress Lakes, Cypress Park, Cypress Ranch, Cypress Springs, Cypress Woods and Langham Creek high schools to form District 16-6A.
“Once the numbers came back, it just made sense that one of us was going and obviously it was us,” said Chris Brister, Cypress Falls head football coach and campus athletic coordinator. “I think there are some good rivalries that now are back again, so that’s interesting.”
The remaining four CFISD schools remain in Region III and in 17-6A. Cy-Fair, Cypress Creek, Cypress Ridge and Jersey Village high schools remain with the four Spring Branch ISD schools (Memorial, Northbrook, Spring Woods and Stratford) for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years.
“We’re all creatures of habit. So yes – change is good, but staying the same is pretty good too,” said David Snokhous, Jersey Village head football coach and campus athletic coordinator. “You’re more aware of who they are now, what they do and how they do things. We’ve had a good relationship…and I look forward to being competitive as always.”
Ray Zepeda, CFISD director of athletics, passes out 2020-2022 UIL Reclassification and Realignment packets to district coaches at the Region 4 Education Service Center on Feb 3.
The opening of Cypress Park (2016) and Bridgeland (2017) gave CFISD 12 high schools, with the result of the school district splitting into separate leagues for the first time during the 2018 reclassification and realignment.
Before the split, CFISD was its own self-contained league for a decade to coincide with Cypress Woods beginning varsity play in 2008. Before the campus opened, CFISD schools spent time aligned with Bryan and A&M Consolidated (2002-2004), Tomball and Magnolia (2004-2006) and Houston Strake Jesuit (2006-2008).
District 17-6A remains in the Houston-centric Region III and will again have its bi-district playoff opponents coming from Houston ISD schools Bellaire, Chavez, Heights, Lamar, Sam Houston, Westbury and Westside in 18-6A.
With 16-6A, postseason qualifiers will also see Houston-area schools in the bi-district round as District 15-6A includes Klein ISD’s Klein, Klein Cain, Klein Collins, Klein Forest and Klein Oak; and Tomball ISD’s Tomball and Tomball Memorial. This is a change from the 2018-2020 cycle, which featured CFISD schools in then-District 14-6A facing Austin-area teams in the bi-district round.
Cy-Fair and Cypress Creek high schools remained in District 17-6A alongside Cypress Ridge and Jersey Village high schools for the 2020-2022 UIL Reclassification and Realignment. Joining the four are Spring Branch ISD’s four high schools.
“UIL Reclassification and Realignment day is always an exciting time for all of our coaches in CFISD. This is the day that determines their ‘home’ for competition for the next two years,” said Ray Zepeda, CFISD director of athletics. “We feel very fortunate that we were minimally impacted this cycle. The addition of Cy Falls to District 16 in Region II will be new for us but also allow a regular scheduling of some of the traditional rivalries that the school has been a part of throughout its history. Spring Branch ISD has been a great partner to us over the past two years and we look forward to continuing to compete with them in District 17 in Region III.
“We are also excited that our bi-district and area round competition in the Region II playoffs for the next two years will be entirely here in the Greater Houston area. The UIL has a challenging job in assigning all of their member schools in competitive districts. We appreciate their team and the way they try to be as equitable as possible to all concerned.”
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