The University Interscholastic League altered the area’s sports landscape Thursday morning, releasing its biennial reclassification and realignment.
Copperas Cove will now be part of District 12-6A along with rivals from the current District 8-6A in Killeen, Ellison, Harker Heights, Shoemaker, Belton and Waco Midway.
But the Bulldawgs will also be reuniting with some old foes.
Temple and Waco join the district after being moved up from Class 5A.
The district will remains the same in all sports for the next two school years.
The Lady Bulldawgs locked up a playoff berth Tuesday night, defeating Shoemaker 65-50 at home.
With the victory, Copperas Cove improves to 8-4 in District 8-6A competition, placing the Lady Bulldawgs third in the standings with two games remaining in the regular season.
Should Copperas Cove win out and No. 13 Waco Midway (10-2) lose its final games, the two would finish tied after splitting the season series.
No. 16 Ellison sits atop the standings with an 11-1 record, while San Angelo Central, Belton and Killeen lead the race for the district’s final spot in the playoff with identical 5-7 records. Harker Heights is 4-8, and Shoemaker is 0-12.
The Lady Bulldawgs will look to maintain their momentum tonight, traveling to face Harker Heights. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Then-No. 21 Copperas Cove won the first encounter against the Lady Knights 55-47 on Jan. 9.
Copperas Cove suffered a pair of shutout losses Tuesday against visiting San Angelo Central.
The Bulldawgs lost 10-0, while the Lady Bulldawgs were defeated 5-0.
Copperas Cove will look to bounce back tonight against Ellison.
The Bulldawgs will play on the road at 8 p.m., while the Lady Bulldawgs will host the Lady Eagles at 7:30 p.m.
Former Copperas Cove basketball standout Rashard Odomes recorded a season-high 18 points Tuesday, helping No. 12 Oklahoma defeat Baylor 98-96.
The Bulldawgs’ all-time leading scorer made a career-high two 3-pointers and added four steals, two rebounds and a block in 33 minutes to complement teammate Trae Young’s 44-point outburst.
Odomes scored a career-high 29 points as a sophomore last season against Oklahoma State.