The Marshall Mavericks saw plenty of changes with the UIL's newly announced realignment for the 2024-2025 school years.
East Texas saw teams shuffling from 5A to 6A, 5A to 4A, and 4A to 5A.
This means new district slates for Marshall in all sports.
The Mavs also announced their 2024 Varsity footbal schedule.
New East Texas 5A Landscape
The Biennial UIL realignment saw the East Texas athletic landscape change drastically for class 5A.
Longview was sent back to 6A, ending a four year stint in 5A for the Lobos. Meanwhile Pine Tree was sent to 4A, ending a 22 year rivalry streak against Marshall. Jacksonville was moved up from 4A back to 5A after a two year absence.
The newly formed 7-5A will consist of 7 teams that are no strngers to one another.
DISTRICT 7-5A Division II
Perhaps the biggest change was for non-football sports as the UIL grouped all of East Texas into one single 5A district.
2024 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Old Rivalries are renewed
The 2024 schedule features four different teams that Marshall shares more than 100 years of history with: Tyler, Longview, Texas High, and Nacogdoches.
But it also includes former district rival Tyler Legacy that has more than 50 years of history with the Mavs as well.
All the other usual suspects are present including Mount Pleasant, Hallsville, and Whitehouse.
PHOTO CREDIT TO MISD
MAVERICK STADIUM RENOVATIONS
Maverick Stadium has seen several upgrades in the last 4-5 seasons and there's more to come.
Currently new ticket booths and entry gates are being built on the home and visitor's side.
The biggest project underway is construction of a visitor's locker room on the visitor's side of the stadium.
The East wall has also been demolished and is being replaced for a new main entrance into the stadium.
Rumors have been swirling about concessions renovations, new restrooms, and new stadium seating. But nothing has been confirmed by MISD.
Some of the past upgrades include:
- New turf
- New two-story press box
- New Stadium lights
- Restroom renovation for home and away sides
- New track
- New Sound system
- New video scoreboard
Photos of the work will be posted soon. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes availible.