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Football: Harry Welch issues statement

April 21, 2010 | 12:54 pm

Santa Margarita Coach Harry Welch has issued a statement in response to the decision of his school to impose a punishment for a violation of Southern Section rules in holding an open house last month at the school's athletic facility.

From Welch: "I am pleased that the CIF's investigation of the March 31 event at Santa Margarita Catholic High School was concluded so quickly. I and the entire SMCHS administration put a tremendous amount of effort into making this a positive event for the school and the community, and ensuring that it complied with CIF rules.

"In planning of the event we used our best efforts to be transparent with the CIF, and to make this the community-based event it was intended to be, consistent with the rules. I believe we followed the rules and the CIF's guidance in planning and putting on an event which show-cased the academic, arts and athletic excellence of SMCHS.

"Unfortunately, the CIF disagreed. I do appreciate the CIF's swift action in resolving the issue. This allows the boys to get on with the work of preparing for what I know will be an exciting and rewarding season without distraction. That's why we are here, that's what is most important, and that's what we will do."

-- Eric Sondheimer