The Desert Valley League will remain status quo.
The official realignment meeting was held and voted on Monday by DVL athletic directors and principals and all seven teams will remain intact. Every two years, discussion on possible league realignment is required for possible team and or league moves.
Speculation was that a super DVL could fall into play with current De Anza League members Shadow Hills, Desert Mirage, Desert Hot Springs and the new Rancho Mirage joining in, making it an 11-team league with perhaps another for an even 12. Another was a large school, small school DVL with crossover play while another listed Xavier to the De Anza.
That was not the case.
The only school that did not participate fully in DVL play was Xavier Prep and it was only in football. The Saints had played a freelance schedule and will fulfill that this fall, then move into DVL play for the 2014 campaign.
Xavier remains the smallest school in the league with approximately 500 students. La Quinta is the largest DVL school and Cathedral City is a close second. However, with the new Rancho Mirage, a portion of Cathedral City students will enroll in the new school scheduled to open this fall for freshman and sophomores only. It was a similar situation to when Shadow Hills opened and Indio students enrolled in the new school, making Indio the second smallest school in the DVL today.
According to Rancho Mirage athletic director and vice principal Chris Calderwood, who transferred to Rancho Mirage within the Palm Springs Unified School District, the enrollment is expected to be between 680-700 this fall.
“Rancho Mirage will begin as a junior varsity freelance program, then move into the De Anza League for 2014-15,” he said. “We’ll join the other six (DHS, Desert Mirage, Shadow Hills, Yucca Valley, Big Bear and Twentynine Palms).
Dennis Zink, the interim AD at Palm Springs, said he’s happy with the results.
“Palm Springs would have liked the DVL to be an 8-member league but is not unhappy we stayed with the seven,” said Zink, also the school’s basketball coach. “It will remain a great league with the four guaranteed playoff spots.”
Rob Hanmer, the long time basketball coach at Cathedral City, has transferred to Rancho Mirage and expects a varsity-level boys’ basketball team for the 2014-15 season. Calderwood said most Rattlers’ teams will have varsity component by the 2014 school year.