Nevada Union High “right-sized” into Division 3 sports league from Division 1

The Board of Managers of the Sac-Joaquin Section has approved a realignment for 2018-2022 that removes Nevada Union from the Sierra Football League in Division 1, with teams such as Del Oro and Granite Bay high school, and puts it in the Tri-County Conference in Division 3, with teams from Lincoln and Placer high school.

The documents are here and here . NU’s new league will include Lincoln (in Lincoln); Nevada Union; Oakmont (in Roseville); Placer (Auburn); Ponderosa (Shingle Springs in El Dorado County), and Rio Linda (Rio Linda in Sacramento County).

It is leaving a conference with Division 1 schools, such as Del Oro (in Loomis), Granite Bay (in Granite Bay), Rocklin (in Rocklin); and Jesuit and St. Francis (Sacramento).

The culprit is declining enrollment at NU, stemming from an aging and declining demographic in western Nevada County — a recurring theme on this blog.

Despite declining enrollment, the local schools can take pride in their academics. As reported, Ghidotti Early College High School in Grass Valley ranks #1 statewide on the latest assessment of student performance. That’s out of 2,033 high schools — a huge achievement considering competition from schools in Silicon Valley and southern California.

The Sac-Joaquin Section, headquartered in Lodi, oversees high school athletics for 198 schools and 225,000 students. The Section’s geographic boundaries stretch from Merced in the south, Grass Valley in the north, Napa to the west and the Nevada state line to the east, as the Napa-Valley Register points out.

The Union’s article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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