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Fryer: Is expansion in cards for Coast View?

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Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:

•County schools are in discussion about potential league reconfigurations that would be in place starting with the 2014-15 school year. There is talk of adding Foothill and perhaps another school to the Coast View Conference that now includes 10 south-county public schools.

•The 10 schools in the Coast View Conference are placed in either the five-team South Coast or five-team Sea View league, with the leagues having different memberships in different sports. When the conference was formed, CIF-SS playoff eligibility rules granted guaranteed playoff berths to the top three finishers in a five-team league. The rules since changed to giving guaranteed berths to only the top two finishers in a five-team league, so there is a desire county-wide to change five-team leagues to six-team leagues, and also to change seven-team leagues, such as the Century and Empire, to six-team leagues since six- and seven-team leagues both receive three guaranteed playoff berths.

•Regarding the incident in last week's Canyon-Brea Olinda girls basketball game in which Brea's Arin Perry was ejected for punching Canyon's Michele Ballestero in the face, the CIF-Southern Section requires that an athlete ejected from a contest for fighting or assaultive behavior be ineligible for the team's next contest. The athlete may return to competition after the CIF-SS office receives certification that the student completed a conference with a school administrator.

•CIF-SS rules state that a second ejection for fighting or assaultive behavior will be cause for suspension for the remainder of the season. An athlete ejected for fighting or assaultive behavior cannot be in attendance at the following contest for which the athlete is ineligible.

•The punishment is far more severe for an athlete who assaults a game official. An athlete who does so is banned from interscholastic athletics for the remainder of the athlete's eligibility. That athlete can apply for reinstatement 18 months after the incident.

•The Nike Extravaganza games at Mater Dei that have the most appeal: Brethren Christian, with 7-foot-5 center Mamadou Ndiaye, reportedly the tallest high school player in the nation, vs. Servite Friday at 6:15 p.m.; the two non-county games Saturday involving state-ranked teams, state No. 1 Long Beach Poly vs. No. 9 St. John Bosco of Bellflower at 6 p.m., and No. 6 Etiwanda vs. No. 11 Loyola of Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.; and state No. 2 Mater Dei vs. No. 17 Westchester of Los Angeles at (supposedly) 9 p.m.

•Tickets will be available Friday and Saturday at Mater Dei for Nike Extravaganza games there. Prices go from $12-$22. Go to materdei.org for specific pricing structure.

•The CIF-Southern Council on Thursday held the second of the three meetings it holds each school year. It was the most uneventful Council meeting in memory.

•Discussion of a state proposal to make uniform statewide the overtime procedures for football games was tabled, because the CIF State Federated Council itself won't discuss the proposal until next month. Some of the state's 10 sections, including the Southern Section, give the offense the ball at the opponent's 25-yard line to start overtime. Some sections' OT procedures start at the 10-yard line, which is what the state office would prefer occur statewide.

•The CIF-SS Council voted to support a state proposal that would add definitions to regulations on athletically motivated transfers. Included in the proposed language is that if an athlete, the athlete's parent or guardian makes published statements that a transfer was made to acquire better athletic competition that could make the transfer an athletically motivated one that would place that athlete's eligibility in jeopardy.

•CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod said the section's legal expenses this school year are reduced one-third from last school year because of less-restrictive transfer rules and interpretation of the rules.

•Swimming coaches are working on the possibility of creating state swimming championships that would begin in the 2014-15 school year. Potential locations that have been mentioned are Clovis, Long Beach and Riverside. The Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine would seem to be an adequate venue.

•CIF state championships are held in these sports: basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and field, girls volleyball and wrestling. There are Southern and Northern California regional championships in soccer, tennis and boys volleyball. Having regional championships can be a precursor to creating state championships.

•Saddleback boys soccer's 4-0 victory over Laguna Beach on Wednesday clinched a playoff berth for the Roadrunners for the 25th year in a row. Mel Silva has coached Saddleback during that 25-season streak.

•Orange Lutheran's boys basketball game Wednesday, a victory over Santa Margarita, was the 1,000th boys basketball game in school history. A school needs a historian like Lutheran's Nancy Paul for this sort of information to be known. The school's home court is named for her, with her signature on it.

•Cypress baseball second baseman Steven Andrade has committed to Cal Poly Pomona. He was All-Empire League first team in 2012. The letter-of-intent signing period for baseball begins April 17.

•Football takes the spotlight, but it's not the only sport for the next letter-of-intent signing period that begins Wednesday. That day also starts the signing period for cross country, track and field, soccer and men's water polo.

Contact the writer: sfryer@ocregister.com


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