Athletic directors from the Hacienda League met Monday and drafted two re-leaguing proposals that both recommend Bonita High School be moved to the Sierra League beginning
next school year with the 2014-15 school year.
In one of the proposals, Rowland would also leave the league and be placed in the Valle Vista League. Rowland would be replaced by Charter Oak to form a six-team league that includes West Covina, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Walnut and Los Altos.
Under the second proposal, Rowland remains in the Hacienda and along with the original five schools listed above to form a six-team league.
The athletic directors’ draft will have to be approved by principals from the league later this week and then submitted for a vote at the Mt. SAC Area meeting on May 13 at Walnut Valley Unified District headquarters.
Bonita officials have come to grips with the fact that the Hacienda League will likely get its way and have the Bearcats shipped out. What they’re hoping for next is to avoid being placed in the Baseline League. Trouble is, there’s a groundswell of opinions throughout the area that the best scenarios drafted by other leagues work best if Bonita does join the Baseline.
“I guess our motto at this point would be ‘anywhere but the Baseline’,” Bonita athletic director Eric Podley said on Monday. “I understand that we’ve had some success in our league and that some people believe that success has been sustained enough for us to go into a more competitive situation.
“We’re not opposed to going to a more competivie situation, but we don’t believe the Baseline League would be competitive. We’d have a little bit more dificulty competing in that situation.”
Bonita’s strong showing across a wide array of sports has prompted other schools in the Hacienda League to suggest the Bearcats be sent out. With about 1,850 students, Bonita would be, by far, the smallest school in the Baseline League and asked to compete with large institutions like Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Etiwanda.
The Sierra League seems to be a better fit for the Bearcats and if a CIF-Southern Section mandate that Damien/St. Lucy’s be moved out of the Sierra League and be placed in a parochial league, then there would be an open spot. However, Charter Oak and South Hills have both asked for relief from the Sierra, and if granted, the league could have an entirely new complexion next fall.
There have been rumblings of a football-only league being proposed in the area that would look considerably different than the leagues other sports play in, but there was no movement in that direction at the Hacienda meeting of athletic directors on Monday.