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[January 08, 2013]
Proposed Sac-Joaquin Section realignment mixes MMC, CCC
STOCKTON, Jan 08, 2013 (The Modesto Bee - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Every league within the Stanislaus District will find itself with a new group of rivals beginning with the 2014-15 school year, according to a plan presented Tuesday morning by the Sac-Joaquin Section.
The largest shuffle came to the structure of the Modesto Metro and Central California conferences, which have been shuffled together and paired according to enrollment.
The new MMC would include Atwater, Buhach Colony, Beyer, Davis, Downey, Johansen and Oakdale, with Merced's El Capitan added upon its opening. Most schools, including Oakdale, would compete at the Division 2 level in the playoffs.
The new CCC is considered a Division 1 conference and absorbs Enochs, Gregori and Modesto from the CCC and would add Modesto Christian for basketball only. All other MC sports will move down from the Trans-Valley League to the Southern League. The rest of the CCC includes current members Merced, Pitman and Turlock.
The Division 3 Valley Oak League will include current members East Union, Manteca, Sierra and Kimball and would absorb Central Valley and Patterson from the Western Athletic Conference.
The membership of the WAC would include current members Central Catholic, Ceres, Livingston, Los Banos and Pacheco and adds Lathrop and Weston Ranch from the VOL.
The WAC would be designated a Division 4 conference along with the Mother Lode League, which adds Sonora from the VOL to current members Amador, Argonaut, Bret Harte, Calaveras, Linden and Summerville.
The Trans-Valley League is designated Division 5 and includes current schools Escalon, Hilmar, Hughson, Orestimba, Ripon and Riverbank and adds new school Mountain House to replace Modesto Christian.
The plan for the Division 6 Southern League includes current schools Delhi, Denair, Gustine, Le Grand, Mariposa, Ripon Christian and Waterford while adding Modesto Christian for all sports except basketball.
Turlock Christian would be bumped from the Southern League to the Division 7 Central California Athletic Alliance.
This plan will be subject to analysis from all member schools and will be discussed during at least two more public meetings before the realignment plan is ratified. The section is aiming to take a ratification vote of its board of managers on April 24.
This story will be updated throughout the day and a complete report will appear here as well as in Wednesday's Modesto Bee.
------ Below is a list of the current and proposed alignments and a map of the Sac-Joaquin Section proposed league alignment.
PROPOSED LEAGUE ALIGNMENT FOR 2014-2018 Central California Conference (Blue pins) Level: Division 1 CURRENT: Atwater, Buhach Colony, Golden Valley, Merced, Pitman, Turlock PROPOSED: Enochs, Golden Valley, Gregori, Merced, Modesto, Pitman, Turlock, Modesto Christian (for basketball only.) Modesto Metro Conference (Red pins) Level: Division 2 CURRENT: Beyer, Davis, Downey, Enochs, Gregori, Johansen, Modesto PROPOSED: Atwater, Buhach Colony, Beyer, Davis, Downey, El Capitan, Johansen, Oakdale Valley Oak League (Green pins) Level: Division 3 CURRENT: East Union, Kimball, Lathrop, Manteca, Oakdale, Sierra, Sonora, Weston Ranch.
PROPOSED: Central Valley, East Union, Kimball, Manteca, Patterson, Sierra Western Athletic Conference (Light blue pins) Level: Division 4 CURRENT: Central Catholic, Central Valley, Ceres, Livingston, Los Banos, Patterson, Pacheco.
PROPOSED: Central Catholic, Ceres, Lathrop, Livingston, Los Banos, Pacheco, Weston Ranch.
Trans-Valley League (Yellow pins) Level: Division 5 CURRENT: Escalon, Hilmar, Hughson, Modesto Christian, Orestimba, Ripon, Riverbank.
PROPOSED: Escalon, Hilmar, Hughson, Orestimba, Ripon, Riverbank, Mountain House.
Mother Lode League (Purple pins) Level: Division 5 CURRENT: Amador, Argonaut, Bret Harte, Calaveras, Linden, Summerville.
PROPOSED: Amador, Argonaut, Bret Harte, Calaveras, Linden, Sonora, Summerville.
Southern League (Magenta pins) Level: Division 6 CURRENT: Delhi, Denair, Gustine, Le Grand, Mariposa, Ripon Christian, Turlock Christian*, Waterford.
PROPOSED: Delhi, Denair, Gustine, Le Grand, Mariposa, Modesto Christian (for all sports except basketball,) Ripon Christian, Waterford.
--Turlock Christian moves to the Division 7 Central California Athletic Alliance.
PROPOSED REALIGNMENT MAP MMC (Red), CCC (Blue), VOL (Green), WAC (Light Blue), TVL (Yellow), MLL (Purple), SL (Magenta) View Proposed Sac-Joaquin Section Realignment in a larger map ___ (c)2013 The Modesto Bee (Modesto, Calif.) Visit The Modesto Bee (Modesto, Calif.) at www.modbee.com Distributed by MCT Information Services
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