Did the Montview League get the shaft, and are public schools paying a hefty price for travel?

I spoke with Azusa High AD Sandy Gahring while covering a softball game Thursday about Tuesday’s appeals. Gahring said if the Montview is forced to move to the Northwest, she is not sure if the school will be able to afford transportation for potential playoff games at schools like Fillmore or Nordoff (Ojai) — from the Tri Valley League — given next year’s school budget. Gahring’s other concern was the gate for home games. She said with the Mid-Valley Division comprised of area teams, it not only makes travel easier, but it increases gate revenue for home playoff games because of the easy travel for visiting area teams. I’m in total agreement with Gahring. Forget the fact the Montview is moving into a tougher division after struggling to compete in its previous division, now you’re going to ask the schools to fork out a lot more money for travel and lose a lot more money in gate revenue. Forget competitive equity for a minute, but shouldn’t the financial costs and the burden it will place on the schools take precedent given the financial situation public schools are in? Geographic proximity, more than ever, should be the most important factor CIF considers when making these decisions. It should be the most important factor in re-leaguing as well. My biggest beef when Glendora was moved to the Baseline was the travel. You’re moving a public school into a league where it’s closest league foe is Los Osos! That’s ridiculous. These aren’t club programs, these are public high schools. As it is, Glendora can’t afford an on campus football coach. You move Charter Oak and South Hills into the Sierra for league games against Claremont, Chino Hills and Ayala when you have other high schools like Covina, Northview, West Covina, San Dimas and others just a few miles from each other which would cut travel costs down dramatically, while also giving athletes that extra hour or two for homework with league games much closer to home. I’m all for competitive equity, but the price the school’s are paying in travel at a time when school’s are forced to cut so many costs makes no sense at all.

By Aram Tolegian
A CIF-Southern Section playoff grouping appeals committee on Tuesday rejected the Montview League’s appeal of Assistant Commissioner Glenn Martinez’s proposed playoff grouping that would move the league out of the Mid-Valley Division and into the Northwest Division.

The league, represented by Workman High School assistant principal Scott Cavanias, athletic director Victor Perdomo and varsity football head coach Scott Morrison, argued a move out of the Mid-Valley Division and into the Northwest Division did not make sense on grounds of competitive equity, enrollment and geography.

The playoff groupings appeals committee, however, stood by Martinez’s proposal to move the Montview League to the Northwest Division to give it relief after the league posted just one playoff win in the past two seasons. The Southern Section reviews its playoff groupings every two years and bases its proposals on the past two year’s results. The current proposals would go into effect this fall.

“We thought what we presented was a better fit,” Perdomo said. “We got shot down, but they heard us.”

The league can appeal Tuesday’s decision at the April 25 Southern Section council meeting, where new groupings will be ratified.

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Former Azusa star football player Kendrec McDade shot and killed by police after alleged armed robbery; Pasadena Police investigating

Kendrec McDade, who helped lead the Azusa football team to back-to-back league titles in 2008 and 2009 and was a first-team all-league standout, was shot and killed on Saturday during a foot pursuit in Pasadena after an alleged armed robbery.

Below: Azusa’s Kendrec McDade runs for yardage in a football game against Ganesha in 2008. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)

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Pasadena Police Department asks Office of Independent Review to look at shooting of black teen


The lawyer for slain teenager Kendrec McDade’s family on Tuesday described the shooting of the former Azusa High School football standout as a drive-by conducted by a member of the Pasadena Police Department.


Community turns to social media to mourn the loss of Kendrec #McDade

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Baseball final: Damien deals Charter Oak third straight loss; Bonita 4, West Covina 1

Damien is sharp when it counts, deals Charter Oak third straight loss in the Sierra

Above: Damien ‘s Jack Spohn watches his two-run double during the second inning of Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over Charter Oak. (Keith Birmingham / Staff Photographer)

By John Sherrard, Correspondent
Damien High School, behind a strong pitching performance by sophomore Grant Hockin, shut out Charter Oak, 4-0, on Tuesday in a Sierra League game.

Hockin, making his second league start, pitched into the seventh inning and allowed only four hits to win his third game.

“I’m glad we’re getting them (Charter Oak) now because they’re a good hitting team,” Damien coach Al Leyva said.

Leyva was referring to the host Chargers’ recent skid in league with their third loss in a row. Charter Oak, the Tribune’s No. 4-ranked team, started out Sierra League action with back-to-back wins over South Hills but now has fallen below .500 in league at 2-3 (6-4 overall).

Glendora 7, Rancho Cucamonga 3

Glendora used three errors and six hit batters to gain the victory. The Tartans (3-1 in league) used four pitchers in limiting the Cougars to four hits.

Bonita 4, West Covina 1

Bonita’s Sam Stavang pitched six strong innings to improve to 3-0. Bonita is 10-1 overall and 2-0 in league.

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Duarte softball squeezed out a 2-0 win over Azusa to remain undefeated in Montview

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter.com/sgvtribpreps
Azusa High School pitcher Marissa Chavez survived inning after inning against two-time Montview League champion Duarte before the Falcons softball team finally got to her in the seventh.

After giving up a leadoff hit to Guadalupe Valdez, the Falcons’ Gaby Avina sacrificed-bunted Valdez to second and a strikeout later, Brianna Lopez belted a go-ahead two-out double to left to bring in Valdez.

Lopez later scored on a wild pitch and that was all the Falcons needed to squeeze out a 2-0 victory to improve to 10-2 and 5-0 in league.

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The Scouting Guru’s Grand Plan for the Hacienda

League re-alignments won’t happen until 2014, but the Scouting Guru is already looking ahead.

Guru’s Thoughts: So I’m messing with the thought of making the Hacienda League a “Super League” and spliting it into two divisions for football with week 10 being championship “crossover” week. This is what they are doing in the Marmonte League this year with a bunch of eyes watching closely.

Here is my initial thought on how you would break up the league

Diamond Bar
Diamond Ranch
Los Altos

Charter Oak
South Hills
West Covina

So in week 10, you would have North 1 vs South 1 and the winner of that game would be the top-seed from the league and the loser would be the second place team. North 2 vs South 2 would determine the third and fourth place teams. North 3 vs South 3 would be interesting in that the winner might have an inside track to getting an “at-large” birth for the playoffs.

As you can see, geography was in play. The school in the north are basically schools on the 60 freeway. The teams in the south are school along the 10/57 freeway. And you are still preserving the rivalries in the area. Walnut vs Diamond Bar, South Hills vs West Covina, Charter Oak vs Glendora, Diamond Bar vs Diamond Ranch.

Tell me if I’m on the right track. — JE

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Tribune/Star-News All-Star boys and girls basketball game on April 28

For those wondering, the annual Tribune/Star-News boys and girls basketball all-star game will be on Saturday, April 28 at Damien High School. We’re in the process of selecting the teams and coaches, but will make announcements soon. Tribune all-area teams for boys and girls basketball, soccer, girls water polo and wrestling will likely run during the week of April 11-17. March is one of those months where several of our staffers were asked to take vacation, so everything was pushed back.

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