The University Interscholastic League will be forming a class 6A beginning in 2014. Most of the current 4A schools will be realigned into the new class 5A, but there will be a few current
5A schools that will miss out on the 6A cutoff. This means the coming Januaray alignemnt will show more change for the Mavericks, who have seen a different district in each of the biennial shuffles since joining
4A in 2002.
With cutoff numbers recently released by the UIL, schools know what class they will fall into. However, what distict they will be placed remains a realignment mystery. That
information will be announced in Feburary.
Current East Texas 4A schools that will be placed into 5A include: Marshall, Texas High, Mt. Pleasant, Sulphur Springs, Hallsville, Pine Tree, John Tyler, Lindale, Whitehouse,
Jacksonville, and Nacogdoches. Corsicana is currently competing in an East Texas 4A district.
Current East Texas 5A schools that will not be moving up into class 6A are Longview and Lufkin. The Lobos and Panthers will be reuniting with many of their old 5A rivals. The
only question is who will they be grouped with? Tyler Lee will be the sole East Texas school to be placed into class 6A.
There are no current 3A schools that will be bumped up into new class 5A, but Kilgore was within less than 30 students of the new 5A.
Let the speculation begin as to where the Mavs will land in the next alignment. It's almost certain that Marshall, Longview, Hallsville, and Pine Tree will be grouped together. However,
who their fellow mates could be is anyone's guess. It could be any combination of the remaining 10 schools that will be in class 5A.
Stay tuned here for more reaignment news as the big day approaches.
BIG STRIDES FOR MAVS IN 2013
After missing the playoffs for consecutive seasons for the first time in a decade, the Football Mavericks returned to the post-season in 2013.
Coach Harper ended the two year playoff dought with clutch district wins over Mt. Pleasant and Pine Tree to advance. A major feat for a team that was 3-17 the two previous seasons.
Marshall's schedule was loaded with some of the top teams in the state including Kilgore (13-0) Longview (11-2), Bossier Parkway (13-0), Whitehouse (12-1), and Texas High (9-2).
The Mavs' season came to a close in the bi-district round of the playoffs with a 42-21 loss to Wylie, who has advanced to the quarter-finals. Kilgore is also in the quarterfinals, while
Parkway is in the semifinals in Louisiana's class 5A playoffs.
Marshall enters their first off-season with the new staff and will be looking to continue their growth headed into the 2014 season. The historical MAV MAKER will be starting off
aftee the first of the year with strength and conditioning. Coupled with MHS' vaunted Powerlifting team, which is reguarded as one of the top programs in the region. After Mav Maker, spring football will be
next to close out the school year. 7 on 7 will then commence in the summer along with a summer workout program. That will last until two-a-days kickoff in August.