Cougars and Wildcats join District 22-4A

Tomball High School will say goodbye to Klein, Spring and all the other schools that they have been battling in District 13-5A over the past few years. And Tomball Memorial won’t play Magnolia West, Woodlands Christian, or Cypress Falls.

The state announced new district alignments and with Tomball Memorial growing, both the Wildcats and the Cougars are now Class 4A teams. But their new district partners are not the teams most were expecting.

The Tomball I.S.D. rivalry officially begins, with Tomball Memorial joining THS in District 22-4A as expected. But, instead of playing nearby Magnolia or Waller, the Cougars and Wildcats will be hitting the road to Fort Bend and Houston for all district games.

“The division that we are entering is going to be completely different from this year, but with practice and adjustments we should perform well,” said Coach James Woodard.

The teams will be hard at work trying to catch up to the 4A level.  Lots of practice and work is about to come fast at the athletes.

“Changing divisions is like life, you have to be ready for changes. You just have to make the most of it. You can’t make an excuse for anything; you just have to be prepared and work hard,” said baseball coach Monte Huggins.

It is going to be a big challenge to get to that level in such a short amount of time, but we will get there hopefully.

“It is definately going to be more challenging moving from 3A to 4A, it is always challenging moving up a division weather it be 3A to 4A or 4A to 5A,” said Huggins.

“It’s a great part of the growing process. It’s the next  step to becoming a 4A school. I couldn’t be more excited,” said Athletic Director Finis Vanover. “We have a long way to go. We have to develop senior leadership without seniors,” said Vanover.

The complete list:

  • Fort Bend Marshall
  • Fort Bend Ridge Point
  • Fort Bend Willowridge
  • Houston Northbrook
  • Houston Spring Woods
  • Houston Stratford
  • Tomball
  • Tomball Memorial

The Fort Bend schools will mean a solid hour’s drive to district games, and not much less to the Houston schools (most of whom are near the Beltway and I-10).

“Its a great schedual group of highly competitive schools that reflect diffrent sports, its a good fit and good competition,” said Vanover.

Soccer teams will learn their UIL divisions for next year in April.