beginning next fall. Currently, boys and girls tennis, boys volleyball,
baseball, boys and girls soccer, as well as softball, compete in playoff
divisions based solely on enrollment.
That would change if the plan presented at The Grand meeting center by
San Marino High Athletic Director Mickey McNamee, on behalf of the Rio
Hondo League, is passed at the March 14 council meeting. The council
consists of representatives from each of the section's 78 leagues, as
well as five at-large members.
If passed, the plan could allow Back Bay tennis and volleyball
powerhouses to compete for Division I championships, if, as expected,
their leagues were deemed Division I in those sports by a section playoff
"That's what we've wanted all along," said CdM boys tennis coach Tim
Mang, who, like Newport Harbor boys volleyball coach Dan Glenn, has been
an outspoken critic of the current playoff format. The existing system
became more restrictive before the 2000-01 school year, when the council
adopted legislation prohibiting a school from "playing up" to compete in
the playoffs against schools with larger enrollments.
The prohibition on "playing up" would still exist, but smaller schools
could be aligned with schools in the highest divisions, based on the
strength of their program.
"Last year, we had the two best teams in the section in our (Pacific
Coast League), so I hope we'd be Division I," said Mang, whose Sea Kings
rolled to the Division V crown last spring, winning 75 of 90 games
against playoff competition and finishing 23-0. It was the first time the
Sea Kings did not compete in Division I, despite having one of the
smallest enrollments in Orange County.
"If we'd have played in our enrollment division all these years, we'd
have about five or six more CIF titles," Mang said.
Coach Andy Stewart's CdM girls tennis teams have won the last two
section titles in Division IV, winning nearly 90% of their games (145-17)
in nine playoff matches over those two seasons.
Newport Harbor girls tennis has posted runner-up finishes in Division