Football: Proposal expected to group Archdiocese schools
The Catholic Athletic Assn. is trying to put together new leagues for football for 2014 but failed to get a consensus at its meeting on Wednesday.
One of the proposals that was withdrawn but is expected to resurface at the next meeting on May 7 is from St. Francis and would form a Division 1 league made up only of Archdiocese schools: Alemany, Bishop Amat, Damien, Serra and St. Bonaventure.
Of course, the schools that would make up another league under the proposal _ Chaminade, Crespi, Loyola, Notre Dame and Oaks Christian _ would probably support the proposal, because Serra, St. Bonaventure and Alemany have been top teams the last couple of years.
And that's the problem _ Chaminade and Serra don't want to play in Division 1. Neither does Damien. And Notre Dame would probably rush to escape Division 1, too.
There are 26 football schools, so you need to get 14 votes in favor to pass a proposal.
The key to passing a proposal will be making the schools in the Del Rey and Camino Real happy. The St. Francis proposal has the Del Rey made up of Bishop Montgomery, Bosco Tech, Cantwell-Sacred Heart, Salesian and St. Bernard. The Camino Real would be Bell-Jeff, Mary Star, St. Anthony, St. Genevieve, St. Monica and Verbum Dei.
If those schools are happy, the other schools will likely have to go kicking and screaming from the next meeting.
The Mission League would be Cathedral, Harvard-Westlake, La Salle, St. Francis and St. Paul under the proposal.
Let me predict that somebody isn't going to be happy.
-- Eric Sondheimer