The Central California Conference is going to be left with six teams after Los Banos leaves for the Western Athletic Conference next year.
A six-team league leaves basketball teams with a dilemma.
The CCC coaches don’t like the idea of having just 10 league games.
Meanwhile, the coaches aren’t in favor of playing each team three times either.
As a possible solution, Buhach Colony boys coach John Bliss is pushing for a conference tournament at the end of the regular season.
How the tournament will be formatted is still under consideration.
However, it appears all the CCC coaches are in favor of a tournament.
“The coaches supported it 100 percent,” Bliss said. “We have to get the OK of the principals in the league.
“I think it would make for an exciting atmosphere at the end of the year.”
One proposal is to divide the tournament into two pools and have the two top teams from the pools meet in the tournament championship on the third day.
The first couple rounds would be played at the home of the higher seed and the final day of the tournament would be held at one location.
Other leagues in the section already have conference tournaments similar to these at the end of the regular season.
The Merced boys basketball team took time to help out a local preschool.
Coach Marcus Knott and many of his players gave up their Saturday morning to help fill a playground with sand.
"A couple of our colleagues at school have kids that go to school there and asked if we would be willing to help," Knott said. "It was a chance to do some community service, which is a good opportunity for our kids, so we accepted.
"The kids worked hard. I believe it was 2 tons of sand we had to spread. Our guys were sweating and some of them had blisters the next day. But we had fun."
Hit us ... if you can
Putting the ball in play against the Le Grand baseball pitching staff hasn't been easy this week.
First it was Dannon Graham on Tuesday, firing a one-hit shutout in a 12-0 win over Delhi. Graham struck out 11 hitters in just five innings of work.
Tony Ortegon followed that up with another 11-strikeout performance in a win against Denair on Thursday.
Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.