Rembember what we reported earlier in the week, that Damien High School football coach Greg Gano confirmed speculation that CIF-SS officials were toying with the idea of moving the newly formed Sierra League, which will consist of South Hills, Charter Oak, Damien, Ayala, Chino Hills and Claremont, from the Central to the more powerful Inland Division in the fall. Apparently several coaches from the Baseline and Sierra league’s met at Glendora this past week to discuss alternative plans for CIF to consider, which we have obtained and are as follows. CIF is expected to mail out divisional realignment proposals to schools next month, but a final decision won’t be made until April.
Baseline/Sierra League Reconfiguration alternatives
() No. of playoff teams in parenthesis
* number of at-large teams
Inland: Big 8 (4), Citrus Belt (3), Southwestern (3), Baseline (3); *3 at-large
Central: Sierra (3), Inland Valley (4), Mt. Baldy (4), San Andreas (4); *1 at-large
Eastern: Desert Sky (2), Mountain Pass (2), Mojave River (2), Subelt (2or3), Sunkist (2or3), Desert Valley (2or3); *12 plus 4 at-large or 15 plus 1 at-large.
Mid-Valley: Academy (2), Almont (2), Mission Valley (2), Montview (2or3), Rio Hondo (2), Valle Vista (2or3); *12 plus 4 at-large or 14 plus 2 at-large.
Note: The Southeast would most likely include the Del Rio, Hacienda and Pacific, but how the rest unfolds remains to be seen.
Fred says: Not sure the Rio Hondo, Montview, Mission Valley and Almont would like only two guaranteed playoff spots, but I like it because with as many as four at-large teams in the division, you’re going to get the best third-place teams. No more 3-7 teams in the playoffs. As for the Division proposals, it’s a better alternative, especially for the Sierra.