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Charlie Alderman, Commerce ISD superintendent, discusses the rules announced this week by the University Interscholastic League for fall sports and band.  Regular-season football at the 4A level and below will start as originally planned on August 28, but will be delayed several weeks at the 5A and 6A level.

Players at smaller schools like Cooper High School, shown here in a 2015 photo, may begin practice on Aug. 3.
Cindy Roller

Are we ready for some football? The answer, like so many things related to education during the pandemic, is not a simple yes or no. All but the largest Northeast Texas high schools will be able to begin practice for football and volleyball on Aug. 3, the University Interscholastic League announced today.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD Superintendent Charlie Alderman says a group of retired teachers will serve as mentors for new teachers starting in the spring semester.  The mentors will meet at least once per week with new teachers.  Alderman says the group has more than 300 years of teaching experience collectively.  Also discussed in this conversation, UIL realignment, Commerce High School boys and girls basketball, and cheerleading.

Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

On Thursday morning, the University Interscholastic League announced new district competition for every high school athletic team in the state of Texas, a rite of passage that takes place every two years. For the Commerce Tigers, their slate of district competition includes some familiar faces, including reigniting a rivalry with Bonham's Purple Warriors.

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Greenville Independent School District has been placed in a new district after the recent "reclassification and realignment" conducted by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).

This recent change will make Greenville ISD have to travel significantly further than in their past, and Superintendent Don Jefferies talks with Daniel Starks about what that means for the district on The Morning Bell.

Mark Haslett

Go west, Commerce Tigers fans.

The Commerce football and basketball teams, along with their neighbors from Caddo Mills, will be heading west to face new district opponents Dallas Life Oak Cliff, Red Oak Life, Scurry-Rosser and Sunnyvale.

Greenville, meanwhile, will enjoy a more East Texas theme, with the Lions joining Hallsville, Longview, Longview Pine Tree, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Sulphur Springs and Texarkana Texas High.

Here are the districts including schools in the KETR service area. Complete list here.

Commerce ISD

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the new UIL enrollment limits for the various classifications will have little effect on Commerce High School.  It will be in the 3A, Division 1 division, but that is essentially the same as 2A, Division 1 currently, because the UIL is redesignating its divisions from the largest (5A to 6A) to the smallest (six-man to 1A).  Also, Cooper says the school board hopes that its approval of the Freeport Exemption for manufacturing companies will help attract industry to the city. 

Commerce ISD sends 25 to UIL Academic Regionals

Apr 14, 2012
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COMMERCE - With over 400 points tallied, Commerce High School competed well against other district competitors at the UIL academic competition held April 5 at the school.

COMMERCE - Reclassification to 2A does not affect academic offerings or funding for Commerce ISD, according to CISD Superintendent Blake Cooper.

Commerce ISD was reclassified as a 2A school Thursday morning by the UIL in Texas.