Mt. SAC Area down to 2 proposals, for now

It’s down to 2 proposals, but might not be limited to two, for releaguing the Mt. SAC Area in the high schools. There will be plenty of politicking over the next few weeks about which of the two proposals to vote for. If they can’t get a 2/3 vote by the 42 principals in the area on one of the two, then other proposals will be considered.

Sticking points that my be an issue at the principal’s meeting April 21:

1) The Baseline League wants Glendora and not Damien/St. Lucy’s, to join their league.

2) One proposal has Covina Charter Oak in the Sierra League. Charter Oak contends that works for baseball and maybe 1 or 2 other sports, but isn’t a good match overall.

3) The red proposal has too many five-team leagues to pass, is my guess

4) Damien/St. Lucy’s is an unpopular school tandem to have in a league, but others have issues with Diamond Ranch and/or West Covina South Hills, for various reasons, too.

5) Do people prefer the 6 or 7 league proposal?

Here are the proposals (note: Mt. Baldy, Valle Vista and Montview are the same in the 2 proposals)

RED (7 LEAGUES) *-changed from existing

Baseline(5): Alta Loma, Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland

Sierra (5): Ayala, Chino Hills, Damien/St. Lucy’s, D. Ranch*, Glendora

Mt. Baldy (7): Chaffey, Chino*, Colony, Don Lugo, Garey, Montclair, Ontario

Miramonte (5): Bonita, Charter Oak, Claremont*, Los Altos, S. Hills*

San Antonio(5): Diamond Bar*, Nogales, Rowland, Walnut, West Covina

Valle Vista(6): Baldwin Park, Covina, Northview, Pomona, San Dimas, Wilson*

Montview (8): Azusa, Bassett, Duarte, Ganesha*, Gladstone, La Puente, Sierra Vista, Workman 

BLUE (6 LEAGUES) *-changed from existing

Baseline(6): Alta Loma, Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Damien/St. Lucy’s*

Sierra (7): Ayala, Chino Hills, Charter Oak*, Claremont*, Diamond Ranch*, Glendora, S. Hills*

Mt. Baldy (7): Chaffey, Chino*, Colony, Don Lugo, Garey, Montclair, Ontario

San Antonio(7): Bonita*, Diamond Bar*, Los Altos* Nogales, Rowland, Walnut, West Covina

Valle Vista(6): Baldwin Park, Covina, Northview, Pomona, San Dimas, Wilson*

Montview (8): Azusa, Bassett, Duarte, Ganesha*, Gladstone, La Puente, Sierra Vista, Workman  

  • SA

    Thanks for the info Pete. I’ve always liked following the releaguing proposals, but these days the only information I get is from you.

    Anyway, I was wondering if you could share your take on why the Baseline League prefers Glendora over Damien/St. Lucy’s. I have also heard this, but I don’t quite know why. Anything you could share would be appreciated. Thanks again.

  • http://www.dailybulletin.com Pete Marshall

    The league had tried to argue that Glendora was stronger than Damien/St. Lucy’s, and thus belonged in the league, but no one was buying that.
    I see 4 possible factors in the Baseline League’s feelings:
    1) Wherever those schools go, no one is happy in their league because Damien/St. Lucy’s are private, and thus can get student-athletes from a much larger area. Maybe they think it’s more likely they will lose athletes to a private school, if the private school is in their league.
    2) They don’t like splitting up teams to two different sites. The Baseline League does basketball doubleheaders: girls varsity and boys varsity at the same site. If Damien/St. Lucy’s join the league, they wouldn’t be able to do that on the days that Damien/St. Lucy’s are hosting.
    3) While Damien is closer than Glendora, St. Lucy’s is a little farther away.
    4) Here is a portion of my story that night, that got cut:
    “At one point, there was also a white proposal that was nearly identical with the blue. The only difference was putting Glendora in the Baseline and Damien/St. Lucy’s back in the Sierra.
    However, the committee voted to present only the blue proposal, concluding that Damien/St. Lucy’s was a better fit in the Baseline.
    However, Baseline representatives Chris Hollister and Brice Sunderland indicated their league would prefer Glendora join them.
    “We’ve heard some concerns with game management with Damien,” Hollister said.