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Realignment Proposal Offers Major Changes
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Oakdale's run of dominance in the Valley Oak League could soon come to an end.

That was the message delivered on Jan. 8 by the Sac-Joaquin Section's realignment committee, which proposed sweeping changes to its seven-division, 27-league membership during a public meeting at The Reserve at Spanos Park.

The committee will convene four more times over the next four months, with their next meeting taking place on Jan. 29. A final proposal will be submitted to member schools and later the Board of Managers for approval in April.

The new realignment will officially begin in August 2014.

Among the changes discussed on Tuesday:

-- contraction of  the Sacramento area's Delta River League and DVC into one Division 1 league, currently renamed the Delta League;

-- restructuring the Central California Conference and Modesto Metro Conference;

-- and restoring competitive balance to the Valley Oak League and Western Athletic Conferences, of which Oakdale is the biggest piece on the board.

 “You have to start somewhere and this is a starting point,” Oakdale football coach Trent Merzon said. “So we won’t get too excited over here.”

For more information on the proposal catch the Jan. 16 print edition of the Oakdale Leader.