New leagues for Oak Ridge, Ponderosa

By From page A12 | May 24, 2013

Oak Ridge and Ponderosa, members of the Delta River League since fall 2010, are set to join new leagues starting in August 2014. Oak Ridge will join the Sierra Foothill League with Folsom, Del Oro, Granite Bay, Nevada Union, Rocklin and Woodcreek.

“Oak Ridge is excited to join the new league because the Sierra Foothill League offers the same scope of program and has freshman sports,” Trojan athletic director Steve White said.

Late last month, the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Board of Managers and leagues officials voted 45-6 in favor of league realignment that runs in four-year cycles. Section schools voted 139-11 — there were 26 schools that did not cast votes — in favor of the proposal.

Ponderosa will join the Division II Capital Valley Conference consisting of Antelope, Bella Vista, Cosumnes Oaks, Del Campo, Oakmont, Roseville and Whitney.

“Ponderosa is very excited to be joining the Capital Valley Conference,” Bruin athletic director Tyson Escobar said. “All of the teams are very similar in the scope of programs they offer and it will be the most competitive Division II league in the section.”

Most of the Bruins’ varsity teams have finished below .500 in league play in most major sports since joining the Delta River League.

The Bruins will have to travel more for conference games.

“That is a small sacrifice for the competitive equity that we will see over the next four years,” Escobar said.

El Dorado and Union Mine will remain in the Sierra Valley Conference, which is D-IV, but with some changes.  Cosumnes Oaks, River City and Vista del Lago will exit and Cordova and Rosemont will enter. The duo will join El Dorado, Union Mine, Galt and Liberty Ranch as a six-school conference.

“We would have preferred a seven-team league, but we will make do with six,” Union Mine athletic director and football coach Dave Johnson said.

Golden Sierra will remain in the Sierra Delta League, with no schools leaving or entering the league for the 2014-18 cycle.

“That is OK with us,” Golden Sierra athletic director Keith Bush said.

Discussions of league realignment started in January and included four public meetings in Stockton.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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