Heinz-sight: The school year’s flying by

By From page A10 | December 27, 2013

Jerry Heinzer

Wow, slow down!

Is it me or is the 2o13-14 school sports year going too fast? Fall’s gone, it’s now winter and the league season is upon us.

Before we know it, spring will be here and we’ll be back outside.

Just a head’s up, next week we’ll run our year-end, best of page(s). Right now we’re pouring through our January-December copies to determine the top stories/events for the 2013 year.

With several days left, there’s still time to make the list. Entries are eligible right up until the ball drops in Times Square, West Coast time.

The projected release date is Wednesday, January 1st or maybe early as Monday. Depending on volume, it could spill over to Friday’s paper.

After a quick skim-through of the past year, it looks like football did really well: three teams made the playoffs with two reaching the section title game.

High degree of difficulty there.

Going back farther, one school — I won’t name them here — did quite well in terms of individual performances and should make the final list(s).

We’ve touched on this throughout the year but remember that realignment will separate Oak Ridge and Ponderosa next school year: the Trojans will be in the Sierra Foothill League; the Bruins go to the Capital Valley Conference.

While it’s exciting to think about the new schools we’ll see, it’s sad to think that the Oak Ridge-Ponderosa boys basketball matchup that packs either gym, is probably reduced to a single nonleague encounter between the schools.

Luckily, we can look forward to the home-and-home series this winter between the schools one final time. And, of course, the spring head-to-heads.

Speaking of gyms, check out the renovation to the Oak Ridge gymnasium. Can’t wait to see it in full-bore mode with the video screen pumping out replays, etc.

Soon, the skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes as long as there’s snow in the mountains. February is a big wrestling month culminating with the CIF State Championships the first weekend of march at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

The Lady Trojan basketball team looks talented and deep. It’ll be interesting to see how far the Oak Ridge girls go in the postseason. Last season they finished in the top four for Division I teams.

A lot going on down the road.

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas.

Wishing everyone a safe, happy and healthy New Year!






Jerry Heinzer

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