Tomorrow's Central Section Board of Mangers meeting starts at about 9:30 a.m. By lunchtime, Kern County's high school sports landscape likely will look significantly different.
The league realignment proposal I've written about before is up for a final vote, and section commissioner Jim Crichlow said today he expects it to be approved. As a refresher, the proposal moves Garces into the Southwest Yosemite League in place of Independence. The other two city leagues would undergo more drastic changes, resulting in the following structure.
Southwest Yosemite League
League No. 2 (yet to be named)
League No. 3 (yet to be named)
If approved, the new league structure would still be open to appeal (Garces, the school most impacted, said a month ago it would not appeal) and go into effect for the 2014-15 school year.
But that's not the only significant happenings at tomorrow's BOM meeting. The board also will hear a proposal to move the section volleyball championship finals to one site, much like is done with basketball at Selland Arena in Fresno. The proposal calls for the volleyball finals to rotate between the north area (Fresno/Madera County), central area (Tulare/Kings County) and south area (Kern County) each year.
The volleyball proposal will be heard tomorrow but won't be voted on until May at the earliest. If approved, it could go into effect as early as next year.
Finally, the board will finalize division placement for spring sports playoffs. Schools will have a chance to appeal those placements before they're finalized.