VACAVILLE — The process of realigning the Sac-Joaquin Section from 2014-18 begins today with the first meeting of the SJS’s realignment committee and one potential candidate for a move to a new league is Will C. Wood High.
That the school might even be considered to be moved from the Monticello Empire League to the Solano County Athletic Conference with either Bethel or Vallejo coming over from the SCAC doesn’t sit well with Mark Wudel, Wood’s athletic director and boys basketball coach who’s spent the majority of his career in the MEL.
“Those are all rumors by people who think they know,” Wudel said. “The people on the committee don’t even have the (initial) proposal.”
According to the SJS, Wood has the MEL’s smallest enrollment – by more than 300 – at 1,579. Also under 2,000 are Vintage (1,916) and Vacaville (1,958).
Wood would rank fifth in the SCAC, ahead of only American Canyon (1,434), which will have its first graduating class this spring. Topping the SCAC in enrollment are Vallejo (2,225) and Bethel (2,081), schools that were below 2,000 until Hogan closed in 2011.
“There are a lot of factors, not just size of school,” Wudel said of realignment. “We’re one of the (few area) schools with (extensive) freshman sports.”
After today, the SJS realignment committee is scheduled to meet Jan. 29, Feb. 19, March 12 and April 9 (if necessary) with the final proposal forwarded to the SJS Board of Managers for approval on April 24.
At the insistence of the section, Fairfield and Rodriguez switched leagues this year – two years ahead of schedule – with the former going to the SCAC, the latter to the MEL.
“I don’t know what to say other than we’re in the MEL until they make a recommendation (otherwise),” Wudel said.