JIBSON: CVC right place for future of RHS sports



Every four years, typically, the Sac-Joaquin Section’s realignment committee shuffles around the high schools within its leagues and divisions based on student-population and athletic performance in an effort to maintain competitive athletic equity amongst its schools.

In its initial proposal for the next four-school-year stretch (2018-19 to 2021-22) last December, the committee decided to move Roseville High School from the Division II Capital Valley Conference, where it currently sits, to the Division III Tri-County Conference.

RHS’ athletic department, headed by athletic director Emily Dodds, fought this change and, by the next meeting, had succeeded in convincing the committee to keep RHS in the CVC.
There was another meeting held after that, and RHS still remained in the CVC.

I am a varsity swimmer and water polo player and even though this change will not directly affect me, as I will have graduated by the time the changes are put into place, I feel strongly about this topic and agree with the committee’s current decision to keep RHS where it is.

For one, if the initial proposal was agreed on, we would have been moved into a league where we would have dominated. We would be facing off against schools such as Oakmont, Nevada Union and Placer; Ponderosa would be our biggest competition, and we’ve handled them pretty well in most sports so far this year.

Secondly, take a quick look at the schools I named. With the exception of Oakmont, would you want to drive to any away games to support our teams if these were the schools you were facing? I didn’t think so.

The combination of long drives to away games and relatively easy wins would result in a non-competitive atmosphere for both players and fans at RHS.

The only school that would provide reasonably fun games to go to would be Oakmont and that would be because of the cross-town rivalry, not because of the level of competition; we would destroy them in pretty much every sport.

Things could still change in the proposal process, but RHS should remain where it is because the CVC provides the perfect level of competition and a pretty good mix of schools to compete against. I want future student-athletes to reap the benefits of these factors.