Heinz-sight: Decision time

By From page A8 | November 06, 2013

Jerry Heinzer

It’s a fact that some, while home buying, consider a high school’s athletic prowess when seeking a place to live.

Mom looks at academic scores, neighborhood safety and modern amenities while dad’s box’s to check include a two-car garage … with workspace … a man cave and whether the local school is a sports powerhouse.

Maybe vice versa.

Due to its track record, Oak Ridge is that school. From state basketball championships to section football titles to deep NorCal volleyball runs, you’d have to admit the Harvard Way campus has its appeal.

It’s common for a school like an Oak Ridge to land a quality transfer athlete or have athletic-minded families flood the area.

It happens.

Outside of our county … think young, aspiring football families don’t look at the Folsom area for the school’s state-ranked football team?

Open enrollment aside, hints of boundary changes are often contested by those not wanting to get bumped from the school of their choice.

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has gone to great lengths to restrict an athlete from jumping schools — wanting to maintain some level of competitive equity.

Athletes/students/families change schools for a myriad of reasons but as long as rules are followed — especially in the case of an athlete — it’s allowed.

With all that said, do athletes ever leave Oak Ridge?


Take the case of the Lady Trojans volleyball team. They had a young, talented sophomore begin the season with them but transfer and she now suits up for top-ranked Granite Bay.

The Trojan loss is a Grizzly gain. Though it had to muddy-up the season’s overall plans, Oak Ridge didn’t attack the season with a woe-for-us-because-we-lost-a-key-player approach. Rather, fifth-ranked Troy went down to the final day of the regular season challenging second-ranked St. Francis for the Delta River League title.

Good job girls and coaches Bre Horton and Christy Bergin.

The decision for some to stay or leave is strictly playing time (PT). And it’s a two-way syreet.

If I’m stuck as the backup to the player that decides to leave … I’m paying for the moving van.

And lunch too.

Note: Oak Ridge, El Dorado, Golden Sierra, Union Mine and Ponderosa all qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs beginning tomorrow evening. The CIF will release matchups this afternoon. Visit to view brackets.

Jerry Heinzer

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