Change is coming to high school sports in the form of venues and expansion.
The CIF council last Friday approved its state basketball championships to be played at Cals Haas Pavilion in Berkeley next season with a return to Sleep Train Arena in 2016. Sacramentos NBA arena has hosted NorCal and state title games for most of 25 years but it has a concert conflict in 2014. Cals cozy setting is a geographical fit as Bay Area teams, including Bishop ODowd of Oakland, generally reach the title games in various divisions.
The Dragons won the NorCal Open Division title this past season and return the bulk of their roster, headed by 6-foot-10 center Ivan Rabb.
The CIF also approved adding small-school Division VI basketball, volleyball and badminton to the championship playoffs. Swimming and diving state championships will debut in 2015 and will be held the first three seasons at the Clovis North Aquatic Complex in Fresno.
Name change With longtime Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Pete Saco retiring and giving way to Mike Garrison on Aug. 1, the section office in Lodi will bear a new name The Peter J. Saco Building.
Reiswig in place Todd Reiswig, seemingly in place to take over as the athletic director for the Elk Grove Unified School District, said he will instead remain at Elk Grove as an Advanced Placement statistics teacher.
Reiswig this academic year has served as interim AD, replacing the retiring Jim Smrekar. Said Reiswig: It was a really tough decision. I am so grateful for all of those in the EGUSD for giving me the opportunity. Theres probably no chance now that they will name the district office The Todd Reiswig Building like the section rightfully did for Saco.
DVC baseball title at stake Bee No. 1 Elk Grove plays at No. 3 Davis on Tuesday and hosts the Blue Devils on Wednesday to decide the Delta Valley Conference championship. The teams begin the week 11-2.
Elk Grove has won 15 games in a row, including the Boras Classic championship Saturday with a 6-1 victory over Temecula Valley at Pacific. Elk Groves last loss came against Davis 6-3 on April 4. In that game, Matt Trask threw 5 1/3 innings in his longest stint to that point, allowing five hits and striking out seven. He is 4-1 for Davis this season with a 1.51 ERA.
Trask, a 6-foot-3 right-hander, committed to UCLA. He has a flock of major-league scouts following him, too, as does Elk Grove center fielder Derek Hill (.529, 27 RBIs), who may be the regions highest-drafted player this spring for high schools and colleges.
Trask will start Tuesday against Elk Groves Ty Madrigal.
Falcons soar In beating Casa Roble 8-0 and previous No. 13 Bella Vista 11-5 last week, No. 11 Christian Brothers clinched the Capital Valley Conference championship. Pitchers Steven Talbert, Jim McCauley and Lucas Still have had big seasons for the Division II Falcons.
SVC champs No. 12 Vista del Lago repeated as Sierra Valley Conference champion despite losing two of three games to No. 15 Cosumnes Oaks and left-hander Donovan Palma. The junior moved to 8-0 after posting 3-1 and 2-1 wins over Vista, which has been led this season by hitters Nick Schumacher (31 RBIs) and Andrew Schanzt (.433) and pitchers Tyler Kaim (6-1), Michael Majeski (6-3) and Schantz (6-0).
SFL race Four teams are battling for three playoff spots in the Sierra Foothill League as the regular season concludes this week.
No. 8 Rocklin, in first place at 9-3 entering Monday, plays No. 7 Granite Bay (7-5) three times this week. No. 9 Del Oro, tied for second at 7-5, plays Roseville three times. Woodcreek (5-7) closes with Nevada Union, which is tied with Roseville (4-8).
Snyder out Christian Brothers softball pitcher Haley Snyder, a scholarship signee at Stanford, has left the team. The senior took time off to tend to a family matter, made a brief return and then left for good.
• Third baseman-pitcher Alexa McCoin of No. 5 Pleasant Grove has verbally committed to Hawaii Pacific.