As if Elk Grove's baseball team needed another outstanding player, a bit of a gift in the form of an outstanding infielder arrived on Coach Jeff Carlson's doorsteps on March 10 unexpectedly.
Pleasant Grove junior Josh Urps transferred schools right after something happened - an incident no one is willing to comment on - and now he's trying to lock onto a roster spot with the Herd. Urps batted .325 his sophomore season with the Eagles and is considered one of the most promising players in the entire Delta League.
But, now he's at EGHS. The issue now is whether he'll be eligible to play. That decision is in the hands of the Sac-Joaquin Section of the CIF.
On the surface the chances of Urps playing looks very small for this year. First of all, he's already played in at least one game for the Eagles. CIF allows athletes the right to transfer schools, but they have to sit out the first 30 days of the season. The exception is if the family moves into the attendance area of the new school.
However, this one is a new wrinkle in that Urps has already played for Pleasant Grove this year. He was two-for-two with a double in a Pleasant Grove loss at Buchanan High School on March 7. Plus, Section or CIF officials could see this transfer as being athletically-motivated. If that's the case he could be sitting out of high school baseball for a year.
Again, no one connected with either school will comment on this situation. We'll have to see what the Section officials say.
Husky Invitational Runs Saturday
Most area high school track and field teams will compete Saturday at the Husky Invitational at Sheldon High School. First event is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Off to quick start at the track teams from host Sheldon along with Monterey Trail, Franklin and Elk Grove. On March 14, those schools placed several athletes in the annual Mark Macres Track and Field Meet. Here is a link to the results of that event.