By Adam Wechsler | Sports Editor
Starting this school year, Pearce athletics will begin to compete in the 6A athletic conference of the University Interscholastic League, in different districts depending on the sport. This change was determined on Feb. 3 and will affect all sports.
Football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, softball and baseball are all members of District 10 in Region 2. The other teams in this district are Highland Park, Mesquite, Mesquite Horn, North Mesquite, Richardson, Berkner and Lake Highlands.
The swimming team is now a member of District 6 in Region 2, and will compete against Lewisville, Lewisville Flower Mound, Lewisville Hebron, Lewisville Marcus, Richardson, Berkner and Lake Highlands. The wrestling team will play in District 7 in Region 2 with Highland Park, Jesuit, Skyline, Sunset, W.T. White, Richardson, Berkner and Lake Highlands.
The immediate effects of this change will be shown in the fall sports. Some teams will have to change their strategy this year, while others will continue with their strategy from last year.
“Preparations will stay the same no matter who we’re playing. We want to approach each match the same, but playing against Highland Park again will be tough,” tennis player Chris Fernandez said. “Playing in 6A will bring a lot of tough competitors this year, and I expect matches to be harder to win now.”
The football team has made some changes for the upcoming season because of the new scenery. There have been offensive changes, and the team is confident in its abilities.
“This year our offense is going to move a lot faster, so we’ve had to condition a lot more this offseason,” senior Andrew Arnold said. “Our district has the Mesquite schools and Highland Park, which are all good teams, but nothing we can’t handle.”
The renewed rivalry with Highland Park is a benefit of this change, according to some athletes, bringing strong competition. “I’m excited to play against Highland Park,” senior Rob Khune said. “It’s going to be a great game, and we will win to start the rivalry off right.”