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Crescenta Valley High's bid to join Rio Hondo League is denied

Releaguing: Falcons will stay in Pacific League after a 23-5 vote against their move.

April 19, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Crescenta Valley High's bid to leave the Pacific League and join the Rio Hondo League was turned aside by a 23-5 vote at Friday morning's CIF Southern Section Foothill Releaguing Chair Committee meeting at Hart High.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Crescenta Valley High's bid to leave… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

NEWHALL — By a vote of 23-5, Crescenta Valley High’s bid to leave the Pacific League and join the Rio Hondo League was denied at Friday morning’s CIF Southern Section Foothill Releaguing Chair Committee meeting at Hart High.

On a day in which four separate proposals affecting the Pacific League were considered and a few more including the Rio Hondo League were voted upon, weeks of speculation gave way to the status quo as none of the 14 schools that comprise either league were directly impacted.

Crescenta Valley will more than likely remain in the Pacific League along with Arcadia, Burbank, Burroughs, Glendale, Hoover, Muir and Pasadena, while the Rio Hondo League will continue to include Blair, La Cañada, Monrovia, San Marino, South Pasadena and Temple City.

Yet, despite all the activity, there wasn’t as much surprise as may have been speculated.

“We’ve been in discussion with [the Pacific League] and the Rio Hondo League,” Crescenta Valley athletic director Dave Mendoza said. “So, the results of today we knew forthcoming.”

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At the heart of the flux was Crescenta Valley, which on March 15 drafted a proposal to the Foothill Releaguing committee asking to be switched from the Pacific League to the Rio Hondo League for several reasons, highlighted by competitive equity, enrollment and geography.

While Crescenta Valley had only met with resistance to joining the Rio Hondo League from San Marino, meeting curator Collyn Nielsen, principal of Hart High, announced prior to discussion a league about face as the Rio Hondo League withdrew its endorsement for the addition of Crescenta Valley.

Even so, Crescenta Valley Principal Michele Doll, who wrote the March 15 proposal, and Mendoza, still presented a case to the crowd of administrators, coaches and athletic directors present from 35 of the 60 schools from within the Foothill area, which was just above the 32 needed for quorum.

Mendoza argued the Rio Hondo League was much more well-rounded for Crescenta Valley in terms of overall sports and including junior varsity and freshman programs than was the Pacific League. Mendoza also noted that while Rio Hondo League schools “have predominantly less students,” an anticipated decline in enrollment in the upcoming years would bring the La Crescenta-based campus more in line with the other six schools.

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