PARENTS QUESTION SAFETY OF ALEMANY MOVE.
Even though the deal looks done, Alemany High is still fighting to get out of the Del Rey League in football.
Southern Section league representatives voted to adopt the Catholic Athletic Association's releaguing proposals Thursday despite the appeal of a group of Alemany parents. In the new league alignment, which originally was proposed by the CAA in October, Alemany was placed in the Del Rey League with Bishop Amat, Loyola and St. Paul.
But David Dicker, an Encino attorney representing the Alemany parents, said the Southern Section did not follow proper guidelines when it forced the CAA to realign its member leagues.
``The CAA voted to not releague back in October,'' Dicker said. ``It only releagued because it was mandated by the Southern Section. The CIF cannot force the (CAA) to releague. At this point, I will be meeting with my clients to discuss what actions we will take.''
Last month, the CAA refused to reconsider the Del Rey League alignment. Alemany school officials declined to appeal to the Southern Section, but the parents hired Dicker, who argued in Thursday's section meeting that the safety of Alemany's football players will be at risk.
``It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that Alemany's 190-pound lineman doesn't stand a chance against a 290-pound lineman from Loyola,'' Dicker said after the meeting.
Dicker said three Alemany players were taken to the hospital with injuries after the Indians lost to Loyola 60-20 this past season. He eschewed the argument that injuries are a part of football.
``That's the reason why we have different divisions and leagues,'' Dicker said. ``Alemany has proven that it does not belong in Division I, that it is the perfect Division III team.''
Alemany's record in Division I between 1992 and '97 was 10-47-3.
Dicker told the section's league representatives that Notre Dame, not Alemany, be placed in the Del Rey League. Notre Dame is set to play in the San Fernando League with Chaminade, Crespi and St. Francis next season.
``Clearly that (swap) is appropriate and warranted by the competitiveness of the schools,'' Dicker said.
Alemany went 9-4 and won the Mission League title last season. Notre Dame was 10-2 and tied for second in the Del Rey League.
Dean Crowley, Southern Section commissioner, said the voting council warmed to the idea of switching Alemany and Notre Dame, but didn't want to discuss the issue because no Notre Dame representatives were present.
``If the (Catholic schools) would go back now,'' Crowley said, ``and there would be mutual agreement between the leagues to switch Alemany and Notre Dame, it would be a done deal.''