Bonita, Glendora, Diamond Bar candidates to join Sierra League

Bonita knows it isn’t welcome back in the Hacienda League. Not after its baseball and two basketball teams lost two league games combined in three years.

Thus, the Bearcats are proactive in their pursuit of the Sierra League. It’s certainly a better destination than the Baseline. Just ask Glendora.

Of the 20 proposals that will be voted on in Monday’s releaguing meeting, 11 land the Bonita in the Sierra League versus six in the Baseline. The proposal that is chosen will take effect in the fall of 2014.

“We’ve been winning most of the league championships,” Bonita athletic director Eric Podley said of Bonita’s three years in the Hacienda League. “We realize that it’s understood our league doesn’t want us to return and we’re sensitive to that. I think we feel like the Sierra League is a good fit.”

Podley’s not kidding about those league championships. The Bearcats’ boys and girls basketball team have lost one league game combined since the Hacienda League was formed three years ago. The baseball team has lost one game over that same span. The football team shared a league title last season and twice finished second to eventual CIF champion West Covina, which it played in the 2010 CIF title game.

Glendora knows about success in the Sierra League. It had plenty before 2010 marked a rude introduction to the Baseline League, where its football team has finished ahead of only Alta Loma for three seasons. Glendora is placed in some semblance of the Sierra League in 14 of the proposals while Diamond Bar joins the Sierra League in 11 proposals.

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