Southbound: Rattlers headed south to join District 26-6A with perennial powers Converse Judson, Cibolo Steele

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San Marcos High School Athletics

SAN ANTONIO - Coaches showed up in numbers to the Region 20 Educational Service Center in San Antonio on Thursday eager for the University Interscholastic League biennial realignment. 

San Marcos, the reigning District 14-6A champions, will make its way south for the 2018-2020 calendar years following the district realignment announcement.

The Rattlers’ move to District 26-6A will include opponents Cibolo Steele, Comal Canyon, Comal Smithson Valley, Converse Judson, New Braunfels, San Antonio East Central and Schertz Clemens.

“It’s pretty much what we thought was going to happen,” said Mark Soto, athletic director and head football coach. “And we’re happy for it to happen. We like this district. There’s great kids in the district, great coaching in district. That’s really going to get us ready for the playoffs.”

Soto also announced a tentative football schedule that included games against Buda Hays, San Antonio Johnson and United Laredo. 

The talented district the Rattlers are now set to compete in has not only affected football, but the program as a whole. San Marcos has embraced the underdog role in the past and it’s no different with the recent move.

“Very competitive district and well coached teams,” head baseball coach Bryan Webb said in an email. “We have been here before and know the challenges that await us. We have created a winning environment here in San Marcos’ athletic program and expectations will not change.”

Michelle Moreno, San Marcos’ girls athletic coordinator and head volleyball coach, also mentioned the great competition she expects her group to see but is excited to compete in a district San Marcos has battled in before.

“I think (this move) is the next step for everybody,” Soto said. “We’re having a really good sporting year this year. We put up two back-to-back (playoff appearances) in football. All the teams have been getting better so it’s a step up and it’s where we need to go.”

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