MISSION, DEL REY RELEAGUING STALLS : 3 SCHOOLS WANT IN DIV. I; OTHER 9 DON'T.
After months of discussions, proposals and counter proposals, an impasse remains in how to form new leagues for 12 high school football teams competing in the Mission and Del Rey leagues.
One principal labeled the process ``chaotic.'' The major stumbling block is that three schools - Loyola, St. John Bosco and Bishop Amat - insist on playing Division I football while the other nine schools want nothing to do with it.
``These three schools are dictating to 12,'' said a frustrated Harvard-Westlake athletic director Gary Thran.
The latest proposal that came out of a meeting of principals Wednesday has one league composed of Loyola, Crespi, Notre Dame, Chaminade, St. Francis and Harvard-Westlake, and another league made up of Alemany, St. John Bosco, Bishop Amat, Serra, Bishop Montgomery and St. Paul. The proposal calls for a playoff in the 10th game between the two league first-place finishers, the second-place finishers, third-place finishers and so on to help determine playoff placings.
But Southern Section commissioner Dean Crowley said if Loyola and Bishop Amat are put into separate leagues, under the current playoff format, all teams in those leagues would be Division I based on league strength.
The 12 schools are part of the Catholic Athletic Association that has the authority to recommend to the Southern Section league placement. The new releaguing cycle is supposed to take place beginning with the 1998 season.
The San Fernando Valley schools want to have their own league without Loyola so they can compete in Division III. Loyola, an all-boys school with 1,150 students located in Los Angeles, has an enrollment larger than the total boys enrollment of Crespi (470) and Notre Dame (550) combined.
``My hope is that there will be some way the CIF will let each team declare what division they want to play in with the understanding the three biggies want to play Division I,'' Crespi principal Rev. Fred Tillotson said.
But Crowley doubted that scenario. Another meeting is scheduled for next week among the principals.
Thran said, ``I really don't see anybody budging.''
PROPOSED NEW FOOTBALL LEAGUES
Mission: Loyola, Crespi, Notre Dame, Chaminade, Harvard-Westlake, St. Francis.
Del Rey: Alemany, Bishop Amat, St. John Bosco, Bishop Montgomery, Serra, St. Paul.
Box: PROPOSED NEW FOOTBALL LEAGUES (see text)