FAIRFIELD — Turns out Armijo and Will C. Wood high schools aren’t headed to the Solano County Athletic Conference after all.
The Sac-Joaquin Section Realignment Committee came out with its third proposal after meeting in Stockton on Tuesday, deciding against moving the two schools out of the Monticello Empire League with Vallejo and Bethel of Vallejo coming to the MEL from the SCAC, as had been listed in the first two proposals.
“We’re still here,” said Armijo Principal Eric Tretton. “We’d like to stay with these guys, we’re happy with the league and the people we work with within the league. We made a proposal (about keeping the status quo) and hoped it would be successful.”
The initial proposal by the committee, made on Jan. 8, had Armijo and Wood joining Fairfield, Vanden, American Canyon and Benicia in the SCAC, with Bethel and Vallejo joining Rodriguez, Vacaville, Napa and Vintage in the MEL.
The second proposal, released on Jan. 29, was the same as the first involving the MEL and SCAC. That all changed on Tuesday.
“We’re happy, we want it to stay the way it is,” said Armijo boys basketball coach Carly Perales. “There are a lot of traditional rivalries.”
But will it change back? The committee meets for a fourth time on March 12 with a fifth meeting on April 9, if necessary. At either meeting it could decide to go back to the original proposal.
“Both ways make sense,” said Bill Sarty, Vanden athletic director. “Wood makes sense (being in the same league as Vanden), they’re right down the road, I get that, but they have a long tradition in the MEL. They don’t want to be split up with Vacaville, I understand that. Vallejo doesn’t want to be split up from Bethel, I get that.”
With Fairfield and Rodriguez switching leagues this school year – the former to the SCAC, the latter to the MEL – there’s already some adjusting going on.
“We just got it put together,” Sarty said, “meaning that Fairfield just came in and we’re all kind of learning how to compete against each other and so I was going to be OK either way.”
The realignment within the Sac-Joaquin Section goes into effect in the fall of 2014.
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