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Capital Valley Conference is a hot topic with section realignment

Roseville, Nevada Union, Cosumnes Oaks want in, and Oakmont wants to stay
By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Roseville High School doesn’t necessarily want to leave the Sierra Foothill League but feels it’s time.

Roseville officials made a pitch to the Sac-Joaquin Section to move to the Capital Valley Conference at the second realignment meeting Jan. 29 in Stockton.

There are a few reasons: Roseville’s status as a program improvement school leave parents of incoming freshmen an out to enroll their kids in other Roseville Joint Union High School District schools. Also, Roseville’s competitive equity formula is 1.82 (compared to a rating of more than 3 for Granite Bay), according to Principal Brad Basham, and the section’s original proposal calls for football powerhouses Folsom and Oak Ridge to enter the SFL in the fall of 2014.

“We love the SFL. Every team and school is wonderful hosts, very competitive, great programs. You can’t duplicate that anywhere in high school athletics,” Basham said. “In that competitive league, we thought it was time, mainly based on competitive equity and two other powerful programs coming in. It just made sense for us.”

Basham noted that schools identified as program improvement must participate in a school of choice program. Basham said Roseville lost an estimated 100 incoming freshmen, some of whom are athletes, this school year to Woodcreek, Oakmont and Granite Bay.

“We’re losing potential athletes,” he said. “You have a talented kid, parents start to look at what’s the best program. There are plenty of examples of kids who live in Roseville that go to other schools, and they start.”

Roseville learned at the first realignment meeting of Oakmont’s desire to remain in the CVC. Oakmont was moved to the Capital Athletic League in the original realignment proposal. Meanwhile, Rio Americano was marked for the CVC, but it would like to stay in the CAL. And Elk Grove-Cosumnes Oaks, marked for the Metro Conference, would like to move into the CVC.

A plan was assembled, and Basham said Oakmont, Rio and Cosumnes Oaks gave “their blessing” to Oakmont. The other CVC schools also accepted the proposal.

“It’s still not the SFL, but we still have these great rivalries and relationships,” Basham said. “We were able to stand up there with Cosumnes Oaks and Oakmont at our side with Rio coming right behind us. We got the blessing of the SFL, too. They hate to see us leave, but it made a whole lot of sense.”

Nevada Union also would like to move from the SFL into the CVC, but the realignment committee was “not as OK with NU moving,” according to section director of communications Will DeBoard.

The meeting was “probably the longest realignment meeting” in section history, lasting about eight hours, according to DeBoard. Co-commissioner John Williams said it was the largest crowd he has seen for a meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 19.

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at BillP_RsvPT.