Football: Still debating Tesoro's selection over Crespi
Perhaps Rob Wigod, the commissioner of the Southern Section, might want to have a discussion with the people who helped select the at-large teams for the Pac-5 playoffs, because I still haven't heard anyone say that Tesoro deserved the nod over Encino Crespi.
The big tiebreaker was the decision of a football advisory panel deciding that the South Coast League ranked No. 2 behind the Trinity League in strength this season. The Serra League was picked fourth best.
If anyone knows Orange County sports, it's Steve Fryer of the Register, and he wrote this:
"Part of the formula that awarded a Pac-5 Division at-large berth to Tesoro was the CIF Southern Section Football Coaches Advisory Committee's assessment that the South Coast League, to which Tesoro belongs, is a better league than the Serra League. The Serra League has three of its five teams in the Pac-5 Division top 10.
"Two of the six South Coast teams are in that top 10. The Serra League's last-place team, Loyola of Los Angeles, was 5-1 in nonleague games (the loss was to St. John Bosco of Bellflower, which later turned into a forfeiture victory for Loyola). So the 44 coaches of the panel are wrong."
And Cal Preps determined that the Serra League was the strongest in the state. Take a look here.
-- Eric Sondheimer