Cathedral football wanted to move up to the new open division but none of the eight open division teams wanted to move down to DI so Cathedral will have to compete in DI this year. The new divisional alignment based on program strength and not enrollment begins this year and for the first year teams can only move up or down two divisions while all remaining years teams can only move up or down one division.
Cathedral was in D3 last year based on their enrollment so a two-division jump is the largest jump they can make without an open division team wanting to move down a division. Kudos to Cathedral for wanting to move up to the open division and kudos to all eight open division teams for not wanting to move down.
Crawford Football Moves to Manzanita League
Crawford will play in the Manzanita league this year so that the Colts can be more competitive as head coach Michael Wright is in the process of turning around a program that in the past eight years has struggled.
Crawford has won eight games in the last eight years and has won three games in the last five years. In 2008 the Colts were forced to end the season prematurely the week before the Homecoming game because of injuries and ineligible players that resulted in an insufficient roster of players.
The Manzanita League consists of Calipatria, Escondido Charter, Holtville, Mountain Empire and Vincent Memorial. Crawford non-league games include Southwest (San Diego), Julian, Horizon, Maranatha and Foothills Christian.
The league, school and City conference officials were all part of the decision to place Crawford in the Manzanita League but the move is not permanent.
QB Transfer Draws Questions
Helix Charter quarterback Josh Harris ’14 transferred to Oceanside this summer as Harris joins an Oceanside team with two quarterbacks already challenging for the starting position. Harris is a 6’ 3” quarterback that has some DI teams looking his way in part because he passed for more than 2,000 yards last year for Helix Charter.
Apparently Harris has a parent who moved due to a job change and Josh Harris is likely to be cleared to play tonight when the Pirates play St. Augustine at Mesa College.
Next weekend Oceanside plays the state’s top ranked team, Serra (Gardena), a game that is part of the UT Honor Bowl.
New Divisions Should Snap Volleyball Title Streaks
In the last decade girl’s volleyball has had an elite group of programs that have gobbled up most of the section titles. In the last ten years Cathedral has won 9 titles, La Costa Canyon has won 9 titles and Tri-City Christian has won 7 titles. Since 2006 Cathedral, La Costa Canyon and Tri-City Christian have been section champions every year. And last year every champion was a repeat champion except in D4.
With the new divisional alignment based on program strength Cathedral, La Costa Canyon, perennial power Torrey Pines will all be in the open division. Tri-City Christian would have been in the open division if they were allowed to move up more than two divisions the first year, TCC has moved from D5 to D3.
Torrey Pines Dominates in Country Club Sports
Torrey Pines girl’s tennis continues their consecutive section title streak as they look to win 24 straight section titles. Since 1990 the Falcons have been section champions. Torrey Pines has a total of 26 section titles while La Jolla has won 23 titles.
Torrey Pines is looking for their fourth consecutive state championship in girl’s golf.
This is the first year since 2002 that there is no active consecutive title streak in football. Last year all five teams that won a section title had not won a title the year before. Cathedral’s streak of five consecutive titles was snapped when Cathedral was deemed ineligible due to a paperwork snafu with an ineligible player.
Football Open Division
Rank, Team, 2012 Division
1.95 Oceanside, D2
3.80 Helix Charter, D2
6.50 Eastlake, D1
6.65 Mission Hills, D1
9.40 La Costa Canyon, D2
10.30 Poway, D2
15.50 Steele Canyon Charter, D2
16.40 Torrey Pines, D1
Girl's Volleyball Open Division
Rank, Team, 2012 Division
2.35 Cathedral, D3
2.65 La Costa Canyon, D2
2.85 Torrey Pines, D1
6.00 La Jolla Country Day, D4
6.90 Francis Parker, D4
9.05 Canyon Crest, D2
16.05 Westview, D1
17.30 Bonita Vista, D1
Rankings come from MaxPreps.com and is a five-year rolling average with the more recent years carrying more weight. Other fall sports will continue to use enrollment based divisions.