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2nd CIF Realignment Proposal Has Hillmen Still Headed to CAL

'Competitive Equity' numbers hinder Placer's chances of staying in PVL
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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Round two of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section’s scheduled four Realignment Committee meetings went into books Tuesday at the Reserve at Spanos Park near Stockton.

And unless the CIF realignment committee takes a complete about face in its next two meetings, it appears that Placer High School is headed to the Capital Athletic League for athletic competition starting with the school year 2014-15.

And, it also appears that after a near 60-year affiliation with the Sierra Foothill League, Roseville will be leaving the SFL and head to the Div. II Capital Valley Conference.

Citing “competitive equity” and acknowledging that the school has nearly three times the Pioneer Valley League championships since 2006-07 than its nearest competition, the second proposal for the realignment that will run from 2014-2018 has the Hillmen staying placed in the CAL.

In the CIF’s most recent proposal, Placer would join newcomers Casa Roble Christian Brothers and Vista del Lago from the old Capital Valley Conference to join existing CAL members El Camino and Rio Americano to form a six-team Div. III league. Sacramento High, which was originally  listed in the new CAL, has been moved to the Metro League. Oakmont, which was also in the CAL, will stay in the Div. II CVC. 

Placer, which has made its intentions known that they would like to remain as a member of the Pioneer Valley League, runs into a road block when their “competitive equity” numbers are revealed.

Since joining the PVL in 2006-07, Placer has won a total of 52 league championships. That weighs heavily against the Hillmen in their bid to remain in the PVL when you consider during that same time span Bear River has won 18 championships, Colfax 17, Center and Foothill 12 each and Lincoln 8.

Mira Loma (1,638), which has a bigger enrollment than Placer (1,346), but nearly twice less the competitive equity number than the Hillmen, would take Placer’s place in the six-team PVL joining current members Bear River, Colfax, Foothill, Center and Lincoln.

Placer athletic director Mark Lee has noted that the Hillmen would prefer to stay in the PVL and stay with “neighborhood rivals” Bear River and Colfax but the Bruins enrollment is expected to shrink in the 700 range while Colfax is projected to be at less than 600 students in two years.

“For years Bear River and Colfax were always at 1,000 students,” said CIF Sac-Joaquin assistant commissioner John Williams. “If that number were true today and in the future, there would probably be no proposals with changes in the PVL."

Colfax, which had made overtures to possibly be looking at a move back to the Golden Empire League where enrollments of schools range from 1,283 to 377, now appears that staying in the new-look PVL would be a better choice.

“Right now it looks like this PVL is better for us than a move somewhere else,” said Colfax athletic director Rob Hitchcock. “It will be interesting to see how the next meetings shape up.”

Roseville, meanwhile, would leave the SFL under the new proposal leaving the SFL a seven-team league which would include Granite Bay, Del Oro, Nevada Union, Woodcreek, Rocklin, Folsom and Oak Ridge. 

The third CIF realignment meeting is set for Feb. 19.