Lose your helmet, sit out a play
High school football players will have to sit out one play next season if their helmet comes off while the ball is in play and it is not directly attributable to a foul by an opponent.
That's one of eight rule changes that have been approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations for the 2012-13 school year.
The NFHS' rules committee wants to serve notice that schools must provide players properly fitting helmets, and to discourage players from altering a helmet's fit.
In another notable rule change, there will be a new interpretation of what is a legal reception. A receiver now must establish possession of the ball and contact the ground inbound regardless of a defender's action.
Soccer's so-called "soft red" has been eliminated. Effective next school year, a second yellow card will disqualify a player and disallow a substitute replacement. Previously, a team was permitted to replace a player who had received a second yellow card.
Pro soccer next for ex-St. Francis star
Cat Walker, a former St. Francis soccer standout and The Bee's 2006 Player of the Year, has signed a contract to play professionally in Finland.
A midfielder, Walker graduated in December from San Diego State after completing a stellar career for the Aztecs.
She was a three-time All-Mountain West Conference recipient and Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year in 2009.
Walker, who had 33 goals during her career, had a team-high nine goals last season, including three game winners in conference play. San Diego State finished 10-7-3 overall.
Walker spent six seasons at San Diego State, missing the 2007 and 2010 seasons because of knee injuries.
The Folsom resident will play for Club PK-35, a team located in Vantaa, a suburb of Helsinki.
Divisional wrestling meets this weekend
The Sac-Joaquin Section divisional wrestling championships will be held Friday and Saturday at these sites:
Division I North Ponderosa; D-I South Stagg, Stockton; D-II Del Oro; D-III Benicia; D-IV Weston Ranch, Stockton; D-V Hughson.
Sheldon boys ranked among state's best
The Sheldon boys remain the only area boys or girls basketball team to be ranked in a state top 20.
The Huskies are No. 8 in the Maxpreps.com rankings and No. 14 in the Cal-Hi Sports rankings.