La Verne Lutheran and Bishop Amat not thrilled with weekday championship games at 4:45 p.m.

It’s a travesty. You put us all in the same division and we’re like crabs in a bucket trying to get out. Then, when we finally get out, you put us at a time when everybody is at work. You don’t put us on TV. You don’t put us on prime time. It’s like … man … it is what it is.” — Lutheran coach Eric Cooper on having to play at 4:45 p.m, on Thursday

Robledo’s thoughts: In Lutheran’s case, I understand CIF’s thinking. I don’t agree with it, but I get it. Even though Lutheran and Serra are two of the best teams in the Southern Section, Lutheran barely has a fan base and CIF doesn’t want to lose money by showcasing them in primetime. They want a packed Arena for the marquee night games and not sure if Lutheran can deliver that for them. Amat, on the other hand, brings plenty of fans to the girls game. I don’t care if you played that game at noon, the fans will come.

STORY: The thought of playing their respective CIF-Southern Section championship games on a weekday at 4:45 p.m. has to be somewhat of a buzz kill for fans of the Bishop Amat High School girls and La Verne Lutheran boys basketball teams.

Amat will play for the Division 3A championship against Oak Park at Anaheim Arena on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. Lutheran plays Serra in Division 4AA on Thursday at Anaheim Arena at 4:45 p.m.

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  • you get what you get

    What do you expect for a small school like LVL, student body of 140. Why should they get primetime, CIF has to sell tickets to cover arena costs. If Amat wants primetime, maybe they would get it if they moved up a division or two. They want to play in the lower divisions, yet they want the respect of the upper divisions. Can’t have it both ways.

  • Are where you are

    Neither of these teams CHOOSE to play in the divisions they are in, nor do ANY teams in CIF. You are whe they put you based on enrollment – and moving UP based on your playoff performance – which boith teams have done.

  • Aaron

    Lutheran going independent this year helped because they proved a lot with their schedule…however, small schools division for a reason. Limited alumni and fan base so that makes them a curiosity more than a draw.

  • Lancer4life

    Coach you want to be on t.v.?The get out of Div. 4AAAAA. Stop crying and win the title. Nobody cares about Div. 4AAAAAAAA basketball. You better win it “La Verne travel ball Lutheran!”

  • Basketball Fan

    High school should be about academics first and athletics next. Are the public schools going go let their students get out of class to go watch an early afternoon game? Why can’t these games be spread out over a week’s time (and you don’t have to have a big arena for most of the games)? LV Lutheran is small and does not have as many fans as Mater Dei and Bishop Amat, who would probably let their students out of school to support their teams.

  • Bulldog 4 Life

    @ Lancer4life

    you a bishop lancer???

  • IE basketball

    Listen, it makes sense for Lutheran to play early in the afternoon as long as everyone keeps in mind why CIF exists and that is to make money. It’s not like basketball is the only sport this happens in. High School athletics are more about business and less about competition otherwise Lutheran v Serra would be in the evening on Friday or Saturday because it will probably be one of the best basketball games of any of the Sectional Championship games. As for choosing their divisions, no school does which has been one of the controversial topics this season with division 4AA being turned into a murders row so that public schools in divisions 2 and 3 could have an easier route to the finals.

  • IE basketball

    Listen, it makes sense for Lutheran to play early in the afternoon as long as everyone keeps in mind why CIF exists and that is to make money. It’s not like basketball is the only sport this happens in. High School athletics are more about business and less about competition otherwise Lutheran v Serra would be in the evening on Friday or Saturday because it will probably be one of the best basketball games of any of the Sectional Championship games. As for choosing their divisions, no school does which has been one of the controversial topics this season with division 4AA being turned into a murders row so that public schools in divisions 2 and 3 could have an easier route to the finals.

  • TechSupport

    Dear Coach Cooper,

    If you don’t want to play at 4:45 we’ll take the spot.

    Sincerely,
    Every other team in the division of death known as 4AA

  • Leo Getz

    Lutheran is like Leo Getz in Lethal Weapon 2. You know what happens at the drive thru? They F you at the drive thru, THEY F YOU at the drive thru! Who Getz f’ed at the drive thru? Leo! Leo Getz F’ed at the drive thru or something like that.

    I do agree with the thought process of CIF and the draw and ability or inability to bring a fan base. That being said, they should have chosen better venues. Colony HS would have been great.

    To lancer lick my rectum for life (Beavis and butthead paraphrase for you) 4AAAaAAA? how cute. Like several people with half a brain have pointed out to you, the schools don’t choose to be in a certain division, but in this instance, many of said that this 4AA group of teams is the best of any division. Some opine it is better than 1AA and others have opined it is better than every division but 1AA. Either way you are not only a jerk, but a misinformed and stupid jerk.