Realignment proposal: Folsom, Oak Ridge would join SFL
Folsom and Oak Ridge high schools, featuring powerful football programs, would join the Sierra Foothill League for the 2014-15 school year as part of the next Sac-Joaquin Section realignment, officials disclosed Monday.
Already including Granite Bay, the reigning CIF Division I football state champion, Roseville, Woodcreek, Del Oro, Rocklin and Nevada Union, section officials proposed moving Folsom and Oak Ridge into the SFL “to create a Division I foothill league.”
The section also recommended giving the new SFL a fourth playoff berth in “most team sports.” All schools in the SFL would compete in Division I in the playoffs except for Del Oro and “most likely” Rocklin, which would be in Division II.
Folsom won the Division II section championship this past season and lost to De La Salle in the CIF Open Division NorCal playoffs, and Oak Ridge lost to Granite Bay in the Division I final.
Also, Oakmont would move to the Division III Capital Athletic League under realignment and Valley Christian Academy would remain in the Division VII Sacramento Metro Athletic League.
The new CAL would consist of Oakmont, Casa Roble, Christian Brothers, El Camino, Placer, Sacramento and Vista del Lago. Oakmont, Casa Roble and Christian Brothers currently compete in the Division II Capital Valley Conference.
The new SMAL would be comprised of Valley Christian, Vacaville-Buckingham Charter, Cristo Rey, Faith Christian, Sacramento Adventist, Sacramento Country Day and Wilton Christian.
A final proposal is scheduled to be sent to schools for a vote in early April. The new realignment takes effect in August 2014.
The proposed realignments, analysis and issues in all divisions can be found at www.cifsjs.org. Click on “governance” and then “realignment.”
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