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Foothill loses playoff appeal

Baseball will stay in Division I and girls tennis will move up to Div. II

Posted: April 9, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 9, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

By a unanimous vote, the Foothill League’s appeals before the CIF-Southern Section Playoff Groupings Appeals Committee against the section office’s proposed baseball and girls tennis playoff groupings were rejected by the seven-person panel on Wednesday at the CIF-SS office in Los Alamitos.

The current CIF-SS proposal would leave the league’s baseball teams in Division I, and would move the girls tennis programs up to Division II.

The league went before the board to argue that competitive equity and talent disparity make it difficult for the league to compete at the Division I level in baseball.

“We feel we don’t have enough competitive equity in playoffs due to our league being not as strong because we have two new schools,” league secretary and West Ranch athletic director Dody Garcia said, referring to Golden Valley and West Ranch highs. “And the other argument is we feel we’re competing against schools that have more talent or more enrollment, more area to draw from in a bigger area. We have 250,000 (people) and six schools.”

The Foothill League has gone a combined 3-11 in non-play-in playoff games over the last three seasons.

The league also argued in letters written to the committee that the proposed Castaic high school would further dilute talent in the league.

According to Garcia, who attended the appeals meeting on behalf of the league, the committee said it bases its decisions on historical data and not projections, meaning a Castaic high school would not factor into its decision.

In tennis, despite not reaching the CIF-SS Division III finals over the last two years, the league has had more success than most leagues at the Division III level.

According to Garcia, the Academy League has won 18 playoff matches over the last two years, with the Foothill League right behind with 14 wins from three schools (West Ranch, Valencia and Hart).

That level of success, the CIF-SS argued, was a factor in moving the two leagues up to Division II, Garcia said.

The Foothill League will have one more opportunity to appeal the decision at the CIF-Southern Section Council Meeting on April 25. Garcia, however, indicated the league isn’t planning an appeal in either sport.

“We did our due diligence and appealed,” she said. “And unfortunately it was denied.”

Notes: The Marmonte League’s appeal of a proposed football realignment that would move the Marmonte League out of the Northern Division and replace it with the Pac-7 league was denied by a 9-0 vote on March 27. It is unknown whether the league will appeal before the CIF-SS council.

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