Here comes the next wave of regrouping of high school sports teams in the name of “competitive equity.” That means that a six-team league – for example – might find its members assigned playoff purposes to six different divisions based on past performances.
Some like it, some – like me – don’t, but it’s here to stay. Last week the CIF-SS announced the groupings for baseball, boys’ volleyball and softball. Here is how teams serving the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster area were assessed.
Division 1: Huntington Beach, Marina.
Division 2: Fountain Valley, Edison, Pacifica
Division 3: Ocean View
Division 4: Orange, Rancho Alamitos
Division 5: Garden Grove, La Quinta
Division 6: Westminster, Santiago, Los Amigos
Division 7: Bolsa Grande
Division 1: Pacifica, Huntington Beach
Division 2: Fountain Valley, Edison, Marina
Division 4: Garden Grove, Ocean View
Division 5: Westminster, La Quinta
Division 6: Santiago, Rancho Alamitos, Los Amigos, Orange
Division 7: Bolsa Grande, Orangewood
Division 1: Huntington Beach, Edison
Division 2: Fountain Valley, Marina
Division 3: Westminster
Division 4: Bolsa Grande, La Quinta, Garden Grove, Ocean View, Santiago
Division 5: Pacifica, Los Amigos, Rancho Alamitos, Orange.
Jeff Grady, a former football play at Edison High will be taking over as head football coach for the Chargers for the 2017 season. He replaces Dave White, who retired after coaching EHS for 31 years. He will start his new assignment on Feb. 6.
Grady has coached at Santa Margarita and Fresno State. White leaves Edison after winning 13 Sunset League titles and two CIF-SS championships.
SUPER BOWL PICK
It is literally, anybody’s guess who will win the Super Bowl played next Sunday. Most prognostications are worth nothing, and hardly ever do sports writers ever get it right.
In that spirit, we report that 25 “psychics” were polled by the Huffington Post for their predictions, and the break went 16 to 9 in favor of the New England Patriots with a mean of 23-21.
Considering how far off the more “scientific” pollsters were in the 2016 presidential election, we’re going the other direction. Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are a team of destiny. The NFC champs by 10.
Monday Morning Coach is written by Pete Zarustica.