Del Oro playoff maniaBy: Mike Ray, Sports Editor
If you plan on following Del Oro’s fall sports teams in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs that began this week, you might need a scorecard to determine whether your specific Golden Eagles team is in Div. I, Div. II or Div. III for post-season competition.
Because of new playoff changes implemented by the CIF last spring, some sports at Del Oro have been pushed from Div. II to Div I; and some from Div. III to Div. II. Meanwhile, cross country, because it is a state-level sport, has remained in Div. III.
Here’s a quick run down of Del Oro’s teams involved in playoff action this week.
For the first time since 2009, Del Oro’s football team will compete in the Div. II playoffs – if the Golden Eagles can qualify. Del Oro, 4-5 overall and 3-1 in Sierra Foothill League play, needs to defeat Rocklin at home on Friday night, to earn the SFL’s No. 2 berth – an automatic at-large spot in the post season, which would begin on Nov. 9 at home sites.
The Golden Eagles defeated Nevada Union, 4-2, last Thursday to win a special one-match playoff to determine the SFL’s No. 3 team to the Div. II playoffs. Del Oro, the No. 9 seed, was slated to play at No. 8 seed Lodi under the lights Tuesday night. A win by the Golden Eagles would send Del Oro to the quarter-final round today at either Bella Vista or Burbank. The Div. II finals are set for Nov. 10.
The Lady Eagles are competing at the Div. I level and Monday opened the playoffs with a match against Tracy. If victorious, the Lady Eagles had the unenviable task of traveling to play at No. 1 seed Davis on Tuesday.
If the Lady Eagles can lock down one of the top three spots in the SFL, the Del Oro girls would qualify for the Div. II playoffs. Del Oro is placed in Div. II for volleyball because its enrollment falls within that range for state-level championship sports from 1,651 to 2,050. Del Oro, which entered the week at 5-3 in the SFL standings, probably needed to win its finale Tuesday versus Roseville to gain the post season.
The Golden Eagle teams, fresh off their Sierra Foothill League championship competitions last week, will vie this Saturday at Frogtown near Angels Camp in the CIF Sac-Joaquin divisional championships. Del Oro, Div. III in cross country, will try and advance its athletes to the Nov. 10 CIF Masters Meet set for Willow Hills, in Folsom.
Del Oro’s boys and girls water polo teams venture into Div. I for post-season competition this weekend. The boys open play on Friday at Johansen High in Modesto at 9 a.m. against Merced. The girls team, meanwhile, will open their tournament play on Saturday, also at Johansen High, at 11 a.m. against Buhach Colony, of Atwater.