Section looks at realignment
It was just the first of five meetings scheduled by the Sac-Joaquin Section to determine league realignment, but consider Nevada Union High School in favor of the plan presented Wednesday in Stockton.
Under the proposal accepted by the realignment committee as the tentative plan, Nevada Union will return to the Division II Sierra Foothill League – of which it was formerly a charter member – in all sports except football.
The Miners football team will compete in the Delta League, which under the proposal would be split into two divisions. Delta No. 1, of which the Miners would be members, also includes Davis Sr., Elk Grove, Franklin, Grant, Laguna Creek and Monterey Trail, which opened this school year.
Bear River and Forest Lake Christian will remain in the Pioneer Valley League and Central Valley Christian League, respectively, though the lineup of league members and the Division classification will change in each.
The realignment will not be effective until the 2006-07 school year.
NU athletic director Steve Pilcher said he appreciates that the committee is looking at several aspects in aligning the leagues, not solely basing decisions on enrollment figures. Nevada Union currently has the largest enrollment among SFL schools – which would also include Del Oro, Granite Bay, Oakmont, Placer, Rocklin and Woodcreek.
Due to budget constraints, competing in a league with schools along the Interstate-80 corridor is a welcomed shift for NU, potentially saving substantial funding in travel expenses compared to the current distances the Miners travel to compete against Metro Conference teams in the Sacramento area.
“I expressed our gratitude to the committee and the CIF for the very thorough process they have taken with this proposal,” Pilcher said in a statement, “and for having the courage to put NU in a Division 2 league in consideration of other important factors such as students missing school for travel time, cost and distance of travel and equity and scope of programs.
“The Sierra Foothill League is very competitive in every sport and could compete with any D-1 league. All of the SFL schools are currently, or will have the potential to be, D-1 schools in the near future, except Del Oro, Placer and Oakmont.”
According to Pilcher, Placer and Oakmont requested to be removed from the SFL due to new information on enrollment figures. He said Placer expects a declining enrollment trend to continue and Oakmont’s school district plans construction of a new school within two years, which expects to cut its enrollment of 2,000 in half.
Representatives from Roseville, Oakmont and Placer recommended that Granite Bay and Nevada Union be placed in the SFL for all sports, Pilcher said, including football.
“NU supports either plan and realizes this is only the first draft,” Pilcher said.
The next public meeting on realignment is set for Jan. 26 at the Elkhorn Country Club in Stockton. Other meetings, which begin at 9 a.m., planned for the same site include Feb. 23, March 15 and April 6. Further information on the realignment process is also available at http://www.cifsjs.org.
Under the proposal, Bear River would remain as a member of the PVL, which would be considered a Division IV league under the new seven-division breakdown.
The Bruins would be joined by Colfax, El Dorado, Liberty (opening in 2005-06), Lincoln and Mesa Verde. Bear River athletic director Jack McCrory said the reviews on the proposal were mixed from the Bruins’ standpoint.
“Jumping to seven divisions is an attempt to adjust for growth, but on a personal level in the PVL, we don’t want to drive across Highway 50 to play El Dorado,” McCrory said. “There’s no easy way of getting there.”
McCrory, stating other PVL officials have voiced similar concern about making that trek to Placerville a regular trip on each PVL team’s schedule, said driving what he described as a “narrow passage” in snowy conditions is a concern.
For Forest Lake Christian, the realignment proposal would mean the Falcons would be the largest school competing in the Central Valley Christian League, which would be reclassified as a Division VI league.
The Falcons would be joined in the CVCL by Foresthill, Vacaville Christian, Sacramento Waldorf, Victory Christian and Woodland Christian.
– Sportswriter Stacy Hicklin contributed to this story.
On the move?
How the current CIF Sac-Joaquin Section proposal for realignment would affect Bear River, Nevada Union and Forest Lake Christian schools. Also included is the school’s current enrollment figures posted on the section web site http://www.cifsjs.org:
Delta League No.1 Enrollment
Elk Grove 2,796
Franklin (Elk Grove) 1,934
Laguna Creek 2,506
Monterey Trail (Elk Grove) 875
Nevada Union** 2,685
Sierra Foothill League Enrollment
Del Oro 1,592
Granite Bay** 2,019
Nevada Union** 2,685
Pioneer Valley League Enrollment
Bear River** 1,131
El Dorado 1,310
Liberty (05-06) N/A
Lincoln (Lincoln)** 1,018
Mesa Verde** 1,325
**(current PVL member)
Central Valley Christian League Enrollment
Forest Lake Christian 302
Vacaville Christian 257
Sacramento Walforf 150
Victory Christian 193
Woodland Christian 181
Records by sport
How teams in the proposed league realignment fared by sport in their most recently completed season (Basketball records are from the 2003-04 season) Best records by sport in bold:
Sierra Foothill League VB GBK BBK BS GS BB SB
Del Oro 12-7 13-14 12-15 14-4-4 8-5-5 12-14 10-11
Granite Bay 23-8 22-7 20-8 15-2-6 17-4 15-12 20-12-1
Oakmont 17-17 10-17 3-24 1-14-1 12-2-3 15-13 12-14
Placer 10-19 23-6 7-20 7-11-2 7-12-4 14-13 8-17
Rocklin 13-9 18-8 15-12 12-3-4 9-7-3 18-10 14-11
Woodcreek 21-16 8-18 13-13 4-16-2 3-7-5 27-5-1 26-11
Nevada Union 40-3 20-7 16-11 13-8 7-10-1 11-17 21-9-1
Pioneer Valley League FB VB GBK BBK BS GS BB SB
Bear River 7-5 12-10 26-3 3-21 7-7-3 6-4-3 16-7 18-10
Colfax 10-1 21-2 18-15 22-9 8-7-5 9-4-3 5-17 10-16
El Dorado 2-8 8-10 9-18 20-7 1-11 1-17-1 8-18 8-14-1
Liberty N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lincoln (Lincoln) 5-5-1 11-13 16-14 23-9 8-10-4 8-11-3 8-17 11-17
Mesa Verde 6-4 7-13 16-10 12-15 2-14 1-18-1 13-11 3-18-1
Central Valley Christian League VB GBK BBK BS GS BB SB Forest Lake Christian 14-10 31-4 13-12 11-7-1 17-6-1 17-7 8-8-1
Foresthill N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Vacaville Christian 19-10 16-6 18-7 3-5-0 2-15-1 5-14 10-13
Sacramento Walforf 11-9 20-10 21-5 9-7-2 8-7 13-4 N/A
Victory Christian 18-6 18-11 17-12 0-12 2-12 9-13 13-9
Woodland Christian 36-5 26-4 22-7 2-10 12-3 17-6 1-3
(FB: Football; VB: Volleyball; GBK: Girls basketball; BBK: Boys basketball; BS: Boys soccer; GS: Girls soccer; BB: Baseball; SB: Softball) Records courtesy of http://www.maxpreps.com.
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