PREP SPORTS: Nevada Union likely stuck in Sierra Foothill League |

PREP SPORTS: Nevada Union likely stuck in Sierra Foothill League

Despite several efforts to find a new athletic league to call home, Nevada Union isn’t going anywhere.

In all likelihood, Nevada Union will remain in the Sierra Foothill League until the Sac-Joaquin Section realigns again in 2018, said Nevada Union Athletic Director Jeff Dellis.

The SFL includes Folsom, Woodcreek, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Del Oro and Nevada Union, and is widely considered one of the most competitive athletic leagues in the state.

As Nevada Union’s enrollment continues to fall, Dellis said the SFL just isn’t the right fit. Nevada Union is the third smallest school in the SFL at 1,961 students, according to the Sac-Joaquin Section website.

Dellis has made several efforts to seek out a “better fit” for Nevada Union athletics, but the Miners have few options other than riding out the current realignment cycle.

“If we find a league that is willing to take us or find another school that is willing to switch with us, and get both school districts to agree, both leagues (majority), then the board of managers for the section can rubber stamp it,” Dellis said.

No such luck.

Dellis said travel time was the biggest deterrent to his efforts.

“I underestimated how much of a geographical outlier we are as far as other schools are concerned. They think we are on Neptune or something,” he said.

In Dellis’ search for a new league and/or a school to switch with, Whitney (Rocklin) arose as a top candidate. Whitney is currently in the Capital Valley Conference along with Antelope, Del Campo, Cosumnes Oaks, Roseville, Bella Vista, Ponderosa and Oakmont.

Whitney expressed interest in switching with Nevada Union, Dellis said. But, the CVC voted down the swap.

“We were on board, the SFL was on board, our school district was on board, Whitney was on board, they were convinced the Rocklin School District was on board, but their league voted it down,” Dellis said.

Dellis also made an effort to join the Tri-County Conference which includes, Inderkum, River Valley, Yuba City, Woodland, Pioneer, Rio Linda and River City, but that was also voted down.

“Some think we are right around the corner from returning to our glory days, which is not the reality, and others think we are still a school of 2,400 students,” said Dellis.

So for now, and the next 2 1/2 years, it seems the Miners will reside in the SFL.

Nevada Union has struggled in the SFL since joining in 2010, winning only three league titles in team sports in the past five years (two in girls basketball, one in boys volleyball). The football team has been especially bad in SFL play, going 5-26 against league opponents since 2010, including a current 18-game losing streak.

Nevada Union has won a handful of individual league championships in cross country and diving, most recently with Nora Pizzella winning the 2015 league title in girls cross country.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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