Damien and St. Lucy’s win arbitration and will return to the Mt. SAC Area for league grouping …

Get ready, because Damien High School and St. Lucy’s Priory will once again be coming to a league near you.

The two schools won their arbitration hearing against the CIF-Southern Section on Friday and will be headed back to the Mt. SAC Area for playoff grouping rather than being placed in a parochial grouping.

Damien and St. Lucy’s along with Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure took to the legal system last spring after they were placed in the parochial area and put into new leagues for the new re-leaguing cycle that runs 2014-16.

Damien and St. Lucy’s hired the powerful Los Angeles firm of Prada of Daley to argue that the move to the parochial group was religious discrimination by the Southern Section and not based on the usual tenets CIF uses for re-leaguing proposals.

“It’s somewhat ridiculous, in my mind, as to what CIF put these schools through,” said attorney Robert Prada. “From our point of view, the welfare of these students was not their concern. I think this result validates that.”

The Mt. SAC Area had already moved on without Damien and St. Lucy’s and ratified new leagues for the area that would have begun with the 2014-15 school year. Now, the area will go back to the drawing board.

Same can be said for the Catholic Athletic Association, which will have to re-do its league proposals without Damien, Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure in the mix. The CAA has announced that it will meet to do just that on Mar. 27 at St. Pius X-St. Matthias High in Downey.

The CIF-Southern Section was set to announce proposals for new playoff groupings on Mar. 16, but that figures to be delayed until the new league groupings are settled.

“We accept the arbitrators ruling and are prepared to move forward,” the Southern Section said in a statement on Friday. “As always, we will depend on the best efforts of our member schools to facilitate the re-leaguing process in the areas affected by today’s decision.”

Damien and St. Lucy’s, although two separate schools, come as sort of a packaged deal as far as athletics are concerned with Damien making up the boys sports half of the equation and St. Lucy’s the girls. The two schools had been longtime members of the Sierra League, but given the makeover the area received during last spring’s league proposals, it’s anybody’s guess as to where they’ll end up.

Get ready, because Damien High School and St. Lucy’s Priory will once again be coming to a league near you.

The two schools won their arbitration hearing against the CIF-Southern Section on Friday and will be headed back to the Mt. SAC Area for playoff grouping rather than being placed in a parochial grouping.

Damien and St. Lucy’s along with Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure took to the legal system last spring after they were placed in the parochial area and put into new leagues for the new re-leaguing cycle that runs 2014-18.

Damien and St. Lucy’s hired the powerful Los Angeles firm of Prada of Daley to argue that the move to the parochial group was religious discrimination by the Southern Section and not based on the usual tenets CIF uses for re-leaguing proposals.

“It’s somewhat ridiculous, in my mind, as to what CIF put these schools through,” said attorney Robert Prada. “From our point of view, the welfare of these students was not their concern. I think this result validates that.”

The Mt. SAC Area had already moved on without Damien and St. Lucy’s and ratified new leagues for the area that would have begun with the 2014-15 school year. Now, the area will go back to the drawing board.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but my understanding was if they sent (Damien and St. Lucy’s) back to us, we would have to start the process all over again,” Walnut High athletic director Jerry Person said. “That’s why we didn’t include them in the first place. This probably sends us back to square one.”

Same can be said for the Catholic Athletic Association, which will have to re-do its league proposals without Damien, Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure in the mix. The CAA will meet to do just that on Mar. 27.

The CIF-Southern Section was set to announce proposals for new playoff groupings on Mar. 16, but that figures to be delayed until the new league groupings are settled.

“We accept the arbitrators ruling and are prepared to move forward,” the Southern Section said in a statement on Friday. “As always, we will depend on the best efforts of our member schools to facilitate the re-leaguing process in the areas affected by today’s decision.”

Damien and St. Lucy’s come as sort of a packaged deal with Damien making up the boys sports half of the equation and St. Lucy’s the girls. The two schools had been longtime members of the Sierra League, but given the makeover received during last spring’s league proposals, it’s anybody’s guess as to where they’ll end up.

  • Valley Athletics

    What’s going to happen now ? They might gave to re do the leagues again . They can’t put Damien in the mission because they don’t want to travel .

    • Steve Ramirez

      They have to be placed in a Mt. SAC area league.

  • AramT

    The big sigh of relief you hear is Damien football. Sparty ain’t going to that parochial league with Amat and all those other teams. Instead, it will stay local … and although something like the Baseline will still be tough, it beats PAC-5.

    • Jastrab

      I really don’t see it favorable for Damien if they get put in the Baseline. In Football they have to over come UHS, RCH and now Chino Hills to make the playoffs. In Basketball they have to face CHHS and RCHS with LOHS a tough win for third and in Baseball they will be playing for third place. In Water Polo they will get killed by LOHS. It is more of a out of the frying pay and somewhat into the fire for Sparta.

      • Valley Athletics

        Either way it’s way tougher than what the Sierra was . Basketball has etiwanda , chino hills , Rancho Cucamonga . Football they will be competing for third . But from what I hear they are working harder and improving . They have a shot .

  • Valley Athletics

    Now crespi and ND will play twice .

  • jcaz

    Aram. When does passing league start ?

    • Valley Athletics

      Kids are already playing in the passing league circuit . High school teams usually in May ..

      • jcaz

        Anything local as far as you know ?

        • Valley Athletics

          Not that I know of . Most 7 on 7 teams are going to Vegas this weekend . A couple weekends ago there was a tournament at Salesian . Some Amat players play on team TNT with players from Monrovia . I posted a link on the Ty Gangi post of Trevon Sidney’s footage .

          • jcaz

            Funny you should say that cause im gonna be in vegas this weekend !! Hoot Hoot !!!