UPDATED (12:59 P.M.): Monrovia and Whittier Christian will play Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship game at Arcadia High at 7:30 p.m. “We’ve basically been fighting it for the last 24 hours,” Monrovia principal Darvin Jackson said. “The difficulty was when you have all the representatives from all sides there, as well as CIF looking at the site. We could have kept arguing, but CIF was not going to agree. We were basically told we could not hold it at Monrovia. It wasn’t concession.” More in Wednesday’s paper.
Aram Tolegian’s take: Playing this game at Monrovia HS was the worst idea I’ve heard since the KFC double down.
UPDATED (10:41 a.m.): Monrovia principal Darvin Jackson said the school called Rob Wigod, the assistant commissioner in charge of football, and informed him they really want to play at Monrovia. He added Whittier Christian’s athletic director and principal, along with CIF officials, will be taking a tour today around noonish to determine if it’s feasible to play at Monrovia. As always, I’ll keep you posted.
Whittier Christian and Monrovia school officials met after the CIF-Southern Section football luncheon to talk location for Saturday’s CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division championship game. It appeared as if Monrovia’s site was a done and signed deal, but Whittier Christian is not budging, arguing that their view from the visitor’s side is not adequate. Monrovia principal Darvin Jackson said the seating capacity won’t be an issue since the school is erecting new bleachers. Now, the view. “We ended (talks) at a deadlock,” Jackson said. “What we decided was that we would come back (to the school) and figure this out. The issue is not the capacity. They were complaining about the quality of the existing visiting bleachers. We said we would have a decision hopefully by the end of the day and we would touch base by 5 or 6 (tonight). We definitely want to be fair.”