Staunton to retire as CIF-SS commissioner

CIF-Southern Section commissioner Jim Staunton, who has held his position since 1999, announced last week that he will retire effective July 29.

Staunton, who made his intentions to retire known to the CIF-SS administrative body in May, will pursue a teaching job in the masters program at Concordia University and retired in part to spend more time with his grandchildren.

“I’m gratified at the opportunity to serve this Section for the last eleven years,” Staunton said. “This is an outstanding organization: one of the best in the United States. It has been a wonderful term of service.”

Staunton oversaw much financial growth and was instrumental in the section expanding from 505 schools to its current membership of 580.

Week 8 CIF football polls

INLAND DIVISION
(previous ranking)
1. (1) Corona Centennial (Big VIII) 7-0
2. (2) Vista Murrieta (Southwestern) 6-1
3. (3) Rancho Cucamonga (Baseline) 6-1
4. (4) Roosevelt (Big VIII) 6-1
5. (5) Norco (Big VIII) 6-1
6. (7) Claremont (Sierra) 6-1
7. (6) Upland (Baseline) 5-2
8. (8) Chino Hills (Sierra) 5-2
9. (9) Redlands East Valley (Citrus Belt) 5-2
10. (10) Redlands (Citrus Belt) 5-1-1
Dropped out: None
Others receiving votes: Los Osos (Baseline) 4-3, Murrieta Valley (Southwestern) 5-2

CENTRAL DIVISION
(previous ranking)
1. (1) Rancho Verde (Inland Valley) 7-0
2. (2) La Quinta (Desert Valley) 6-1
3. (4) Palm Springs (Desert Valley) 6-1
4. (5) Arlington (Inland Valley) 6-1
5. (6) Chino (Mt. Baldy) 7-0
6. (7) Palm Desert (Desert Valley) 5-2
7. (NR) Cajon (San Andreas) 5-2
8. (3) Colton (San Andreas) 5-2
9. (NR) Carter (San Andreas) 4-2-1
10. (8) Rialto (San Andreas) 4-3
Dropped out: No. 9 Colony (Mt. Baldy) 5-3, No. 10 La Sierra (Inland Valley) 4-3.
Others receiving votes: Colony (Mt. Baldy) 5-3, La Sierra (Inland Valley) 4-3, San Gorgonio (San Andreas) 3-4

EASTERN DIVISION
(previous ranking)
1. (1) Kaiser (Sunkist) 7-0
2. (2) Serrano (Mojave River) 6-1
3. (3) Wildomar Elsinore (Sunbelt) 6-1
4. (4) Summit (Sunkist) 5-1-1
5. (5) Heritage (Sunbelt) 7-0
6. (6) San Jacinto (Mountain Pass) 6-1
7. (10) Ridgecrest Burroughs (Desert Sky) 4-3
8. (NR) Citrus Hill (Mountain Pass) 4-3
9. (NR) Oak Hills (Mojave River) 5-2
10. (NR) Granite Hills (Desert Sky) 4-3
Dropped out: No. 7 Silverado (Desert Sky) 3-3-1, No. 8 Victor Valley (Desert Sky) 5-2, No. 9 Beaumont (Mountain Pass) 4-3.
Others receiving votes: Silverado (Desert Sky) 3-3-1, Victory Valley (Desert Sky) 5-2, Beaumont (Mnt Pass) 4-3, Temescal Canyon (Sunbelt) 3-4, Apple Valley (Mojave River) 4-3, West Valley (Mnt Pass) 4-3

EAST VALLEY DIVISION
(previous ranking)
1. (1) Sierra Canyon (Alpha) 7-0
2. (2) Paraclete (Alpha) 6-1
3. (4) Aquinas (Ambassador) 6-1
4. (3) Brentwood (Alpha) 6-1
5. (6) St. Margaret’s (Academy) 4-3
6. (7) Big Bear (De Anza) 5-2
7. (8) Sage Hill (Academy) 6-1
8. (9) 29 Palms (De Anza) 5-2
9. (5) Desert Hot Springs (De Anza) 5-2
10. (NR) Riverside Notre Dame (Mountain Valley) 5-2
Dropped out: No. 10 Campbell Hall (Alpha) 4-3.
Others receiving votes: Campbell Hall (Alpha) 4-3, Bishop Diego (Frontier) 4-3

Week 8 top 25

The BCS might have a new No. 1, but mine remains the same.

1. Oregon (1) – Ducks put a hurting on UCLA. Now comes a tougher LA opponent.
2. Boise State (2) – The Broncos play Tuesday for some reason.
3. Auburn (5) – Another quality home win keeps moving the Tigers up the ladder.
4. TCU (4) – Horned Frogs have given up 10 points in four weeks.
5. Michigan State (7) – Spartans survive scare against Arby Fields and Northwestern.
6. Missouri (17) – Big win over Oklahoma makes Mizzou the big mover this week.
7. Utah (8) – Utes’ offense keeps on rolling. Tricky trap game at Air Force this week.
8. Alabama (9) – Tide roll Tennessee and are in best position of one-loss teams.
9. Wisconsin (10) – Badgers impress with big road win at Iowa.
10. Ohio State (11) – Buckeyes take out frustrations of Wisconsin loss with blowout of Purdue.
11. Oklahoma (3) – Sooners tumble after Missouri loss.
12. Stanford (12) – Cardinal tread water after uninspired win over Washington State.
13. Nebraska (15) – Huskers slay undefeated Okie State to move up. Missouri looms next week.
14. Arizona (13) – Wildcats drop a spot after winning by 30. Life is tough sometimes.
15. Florida State (16) – Seminoles have tricky game at N.C. State coming Thursday.
16. LSU (6) – Les Miles finally exhausted all of his magic. Or so we think.
17. South Carolina (19) – Gamecocks survive despite not having star RB Marcus Lattimore.
18. Arkansas (21) – It’s hard to say how good the Razorbacks really are at this point.
19. Miami (Fla) (23) – Canes get nice bump after blowing out North Carolina.
20. Iowa (14) – Hawkeyes will try to overcome heartbreaking Wisconsin loss to spoil MSU’s hopes.
21. Virginia Tech (24) – Hokies have quietly rolled to six straight wins.
22. Oklahoma State (18) – Previously-untested Cowboys failed first exam against Nebraska.
23. USC (25) – Trojans have big opportunity with Oregon coming in this week.
24. Mississippi State (NR) – Five straight wins has Mississippi State in rankings.
25. Baylor (NR) – Bears ranked in polls for first time since 1993.

Under consideration: Hawaii, Nevada, Michigan

Dropped out: No. 20 Texas, No. 22 West Virginia