High school sports

Re-leaguing sends Grove to Golden West

GARDEN GROVE High School’s athletic programs will be moving to the Golden West Conference and Golden West League in fall 2018 (OC Tribune photo).

Five of the high school sports programs in the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster area will be shifted into new alignments starting with the 2018-19 school year.

According to published reports, among the changes will be the transfer of Garden Grove High out of the Garden Grove League, of which it was a founding member in 1966.

The decisions came out of a meeting Monday among Orange County athletic administrators, and could still be appealed to the CIF-SS. As reported, here are the changes affecting local schools.

  • The Golden West Conference will be a football-only arrangement, with Garden Grove, Godinez, Laguna Beach, Marina, Ocean View, Segerstrom, Western and Westminster. For all other athletics, the Golden West will be a six-team grouping including Grove, Godinez, Ocean View, Segerstrom, Western and Westminster. Marina will remain in the Sunset for non-football events. Laguna will be in the Sunset for all sports but football.
  • The Sunset League becomes the Sunset Conference, with Marina being replaced by Corona del Mar for football.
  • Loara moves from the Golden West League into the Garden Grove League, replacing Grove.
  • Orange High moves from the Golden West League to the Orange Coast League.

Once finalized, the new lineups will be in place for two years.


Here are the CIF-SS playoff pairings for spring sports involving local high school teams.

In Division 1 boys’ volleyball, Edison will open on Tuesday visiting Trabuco Hills, while Huntington Beach will host Canyon of Anaheim. In Division 4, Orangewood Academy will host Garden Grove and La Quinta will host Nordoff. Also, Bolsa Grande will host California High of Norwalk. Division 5 action will see Orange visiting Southwestern Academy.

In boys’ tennis on Wednesday, in Division 2 action, Fountain Valley will visit Poly High of Long Beach. In Division 3, La Quinta will host the winner of a wild-card contest between Wilson High of Long Beach and North High of Riverside. In Division 3, Garden Grove hosts Kennedy in a wild card; the winner will visit Mayfair of Lakewood.

In Division 4, Ocean View has a wild-card matchup against Lakewood. If the Seahawks win, they will meet Maranatha.

Also in Division 4, Bolsa Grande hosts Estancia in a wild card on Tuesday and will play Mission Viejo if victorious.

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