High School Sports

September 4, 2008

Section shakes up playoffs

LODI -- The Sac-Joaquin Section announced several changes to its playoff schedule for 2008-09 during its annual media conference Wednesday.

While most of the changes were minor, section commissioner Pete Saco reaffirmed his commitment to move the Division I football championship to UC Davis' Aggie Stadium.

However, that move won't happen this year because of prior commitments at Davis.

"The date for the Division I game (Dec. 13) is also the date of their fall graduation," said Saco at the section's Lodi office. "Parking and security said they couldn't handle both.

"We will be at UC Davis sooner or later, though. It's the perfect facility for us."

For at least one more year, the Division I final will remain at the University of the Pacific's Stagg Memorial Stadium.

UOP will also be the site for the Division IV and V championships, although for the first time those games won't take place on the same day. Traditionally, those games were part of a day-night doubleheader.

Instead, the Division IV game -- that division includes teams from the Valley Oak League -- will be Friday, Dec. 5, with a kickoff at 7 p.m. The Division V game will be Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. That division includes teams from the Trans-Valley League, Western Athletic Conference and Mother Lode League.

That move was made because UOP's men's basketball team plays at home against Fresno State on Saturday night.

The section will also vote to add two sports to its sanction in October: girls wrestling and boys volleyball. Should the board of managers approve the sports, they'll both hold championship events this school year.

The section's wrestling championship will spend one more year at the University of the Pacific before it will move as well. After this season's championships on Feb. 26-27, wrestling goes to the much larger Stockton Arena for 2010. Saco said that is a two-year contract.

"They called us. We could have gone there this year," Saco said. "I think they still have the goal of hosting state wrestling."

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