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1st CIF realignment proposal has Placer headed to CAL

Pioneer Valley League would add Mira Loma in place of Hillmen
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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Which league would you prefer to see Placer High in?

The first proposal of a realignment plan that would affect several area high schools and leagues was unveiled by the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Tuesday.

Meeting in Stockton in the first of four scheduled meetings on the section’s realignment, which would begin in September of 2014 and run through 2018, the section’s realignment committee introduced several section-wide changes that would include eliminating the Sacramento-Elk Grove area Delta River and Delta Valley leagues into one Div. I Delta League.

However, closer to home, the first proposal also included a plan that would move Placer from the Pioneer Valley League to a basically new Capital Athletic League and also bring Division II powers Oak Ridge and Folsom to the current Sierra Foothill League.

For Placer, the first proposal has the Hillmen leaving the PVL, where they haves been a member since 2006, for the CAL. In the plan, Placer would compete in the CAL with Casa Roble, Christian Brothers, El Camino, Oakmont, Sacramento High and Vista del Lago of Folsom. The league would be Div. III for playoff purposes other than football, basketball and volleyball.

The plan also has the remaining PVL members – Colfax, Bear River, Lincoln, Foothill and Center – being joined by Mira Loma which would be leaving the CAL.

One of the big surprises of the realignment committee’s first proposal was putting Oak Ridge and Folsom into the ultra competitive SFL making it an eight-team conference.

Other section proposals of note also had Sonora leaving the Valley Oak League for the Div. IV Mother Lode League and Oakdale, a perennial Div. III football power, heading to the Modesto Metro League.

The CIF noted that the lack of growth in the section – only two new schools have opened in the past four years – was one of the most deciding factors in the current proposal.

The next realignment committee meeting is set for Jan. 29.