Will the Palomares and Hacienda league be in the same playoff division? Will the Valle Vista and Rio Hondo, which have dominated the Mid-Valley Division with Monrovia and San Dimas combining to win the past five titles, be sent to a tougher playoff division and perhaps in the same division with the Palomares and Hacienda? Former Charter Oak athletic director and now Southern Section assistant commissioner Glenn Martinez will announce his proposals on March 14. Whatever happens, expect no complaints from Charter Oak, Glendora and South Hills, who will be happy to beat up on local schools again now that they’re not in the Baseline and Sierra, respectively, and especially the Inland Division.
By Aram Tolegian
That’s the date when area fans, players and coaches of high school football will find out just how much the local landscape will change as it pertains to the playoffs.
On that day, the CIF-Southern Section will make public the new football playoff division proposals by Southern Section assistant commissioner Glenn Martinez.
And as of now, questions abound about the fate of several local teams and leagues. Some teams could be in for a serious boost in competition by being placed in new divisions. Others could see their chances at championship glory improve greatly with the removal of powerful leagues from their current divisions.
If it sounds like we’re talking about Monrovia, it’s because we are. The Wildcats won three consecutive Mid-Valley Division championships between 2010-13 and were heavy favorites to win a fourth last season before being upset by Paraclete in the semifinals.
Will that setback be enough to keep Monrovia and the Rio Hondo League in the Mid-Valley Division? Or is Martinez about to move the league into tougher surroundings to ratchet up the competition?