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CIF spring sports: let the games resume! Phillip Brents | Fri, May 16 2014 03:09 PM

A memorandum issued by San Diego Section commissioner Jerry Schniepp, received at 2:24 p.m. Friday afternoon, has opened the door for athletic competition, as well as practices, among section schools to resume as early as Saturday, May 17.

“I want to thank all of the schools in San Diego Section for your cooperation and understanding as we have dealt with the recent fires in San Diego County,” Schniepp wrote in the memorandum. “All of you have recognized the need to place athletics on the back burner to deal with more important issues and we are appreciative of your efforts in each of your communities.”

Due to issues dealing with the wildfires affecting the northwest corner of the county, some of which included air quality, school closures and travel access, the section had initially cancelled all athletic events and practices for Thursday and Friday of this week.

The ban now appears lifted, and the games can go on.

A conference call with the CIFSDS Board of Managers took place Friday morning regarding competition for Saturday.  A summary of direction follows:

• Competition and practices may resume on Saturday, May 17. The communication sent on Thursday, May 15, from the CIFSDS office regarding each sport remains in place. Due to air quality issues in the following communities/school districts, competitions and/or practices may be moved to alternative venues; the CIFSDS will assist with changing venues: San Dieguito, Poway, Escondido, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos and Fallbrook.

•Practices are at the discretion of each school district or school.

•The section reiterated, however, that all regular season softball and boys lacrosse games cancelled on Thursday and Friday will not be made up. However, section playoff games already underway in girls lacrosse and boys volleyball would be rescheduled.

Schniepp noted in Friday’s memorandum that a request was made to reconsider the decision to move forward with the softball and boys lacrosse playoff seeding meetings scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 17, and allow for teams to make-up games that have an impact on league championships.

However, that request was denied.

“After careful consideration and consultation with officials associations and schools, the decision has been reaffirmed that the seeding meetings for these two sports will remain at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 17th and no games will be made up that were missed, in boys lacrosse or softball,” Schnieep stated in Friday’s memorandum. “This decision has been made with the best interest of all student-athletes and schools in mind.”

CIF has stated it is up to the member leagues to determine their designated league champion for automatic playoff entry due to the shortened season. Cancelled games will be counted as no contests.

The section has allowed a request for all league/conference swim and dive championships to be held either on Saturday, May 17, or Monday, May 19. However, there are several stipulations that go with the decision.

They include:
1. School swimming and diving entries for the section prelims remain due on Sunday, May 18, at 10 a.m.

2. Students who make a first time automatic qualifying time in a league championship held on May 19 may, by 8 p.m. Monday, May 19, submit those times.

3. Students who make a first time consideration qualifying time in al eague Championship held on May 19 may, by 8 p.m. Monday, May 19, submit those times.

4. Students who improve a previously submitted (by 10 a.m. May 18) consideration time in a league championship held on May 19, may, by 8 p.m. Monday, May 19, submit those updated times.

All entries must be submitted through the electronic process as previously distributed.

Track and field league/conference finals will be held either on Saturday, May 17, or Monday, May 19.  However, league/conference entries for the section prelims remain due by 10:30 p.m. Monday, May 19.

The Metro Conference swim and dive finals have been reorganized as follows:

The South Bay League swim finals will continue as previously planned on Saturday, May 17, starting at 9 a.m. at Mater Dei Catholic High School.

The Mesa League swim finals, originally scheduled for Thursday, will now take place on Monday, May 19, at Loma Verde pool, starting at 2 p.m.

The Metro dive finals will precede the Mesa League swim finals on Monday at the Parkway pool, starting at 10 a.m.

The Mesa League and South Bay League track and field finals, originally scheduled Thursday at Otay Ranch High School, will now take place on Monday at the same site. Because of the warm weather conditions and fires, coaches elected to run some of the field events as finals during Tuesday's league prelims.

Those field events not completed on Tuesday will now be contested on Monday. Field events will start at 3 p.m., with running events starting at 4:30 p.m.

"Because of the hot weather and the fires, we thought we'd get a head start on things," ORHS coach Ian Cumming explained. "There are normally a lot of entries in the field events to deal with on just one day, so this way, it helps."

The order of heats for the running events in Monday's finals will include South Bay League girls, Mesa League girls, South Bay League boys and Mesa League boys.

Field events completed on Tuesday include the boys and girls shot put and discus throw, boys high jump and boys and girls long jump.

Heading into Monday's finals, Bonita Vista leads the Mesa League boys standings with 38 points, followed by Eastlake with 27 points, Mater Dei Catholic with 20 points, Otay Ranch with 18 points, Olympian with 11 points and Hilltop with 10 points.

Mesa League girls team leaders include Otay Ranch with 46 points, Eastlake with 31 points, Bonita Vista with eight points, Olympian with six points and Hilltop with two points.

Both the South Bay League and Mesa League track and field finals are a qualifier for the CIF prelims, which are slated May 24 at Mt. Carmel High School.

Playoffs already underway:

Girls lacrosse
All six semifinal contests will be held on Saturday, May 17, at mutually agreed upon sites. Game times should be mutually agreed upon by both teams and must be scheduled through the Girl’s Lacrosse Assignor, Amanda Combs, am.combs11@gmail.com, (619) 647-7117.

Championships will be held at Del Norte High School on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, as follows: Division II (3 p.m.), Division I (5 p.m.) and Open Division (7 p.m.)

Bonita Vista and Eastlake, seeded second and third, respectively, remain in contention in the Division II playoff field. Initially, the teams were scheduled to meet in a semifinal showdown on Thursday before that match was moved back to Friday, and then cancelled.

The Barons (16-3) and Titans (15-4) will finally collide on the pitch on Saturday in an early morning 9:30 a.m. game. Bonita Vista will still host the game as the higher seed.

Boys volleyball
Opening-round playoff competition in Division III and Division IV took place on Tuesday, while some opening-round playoff games in Division II took place on Wednesday before postponements began to take effect.

Bonita Vista received the No. 1 seed in the Division III playoffs while Sweetwater received the No. 2 seed in the same playoff division. Both schools were scheduled to host quarterfinal-round playoff games on Friday. Those two games have now been moved to Monday, May 19, both with 7 p.m. start times.

Bonita Vista (17-10) will host ninth-seeded Escondido Adventist (12-8) while Sweetwater (16-15) will host the 10th-seeded San Diego Cavers (8-7).

Because of the condensed schedule, teams will not have much time to prepare for ensuing playoff rounds. The Division III semifinals are scheduled Wednesday, May 21, at the higher-seeded team, beginning at 7 p.m.

The Division III championship game remains Friday, May 23, at Canyon Crest Academy, starting at 7 p.m.

In an opening-round Division III playoff match played Tuesday, Escondido Adventist eliminated eighth-seeded Chula Vista (6-19) by scores of 27-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-17.

Metro-Pacific League champion Hilltop, seeded fifth in the Division II playoff bracket, was supposed to host 12th-seeded El Camino in an opening-round match on Wednesday. However, that match was postponed.

The Lancers (28-5) will now host the Wildcats (19-12) on Saturday, at a time to be announced. The winner of that contest will then advance to Tuesday's quarterfinals. The Division II semifinals follow on Thursday, May 22, with the Division II championship game scheduled Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. at Cathedral Catholic High School.

Ninth-seeded Olympian defeated eighth-seeded Santa Fe Christian by scores of 25-22, 17-25, 14-25, 25-21, 15-13 in a five-set thriller to open the Division II playoffs in a match that did take place on Wednesday. The Eagles (12-15) advance to meet top-seeded Escondido in Tuesday's quarterfinals.

The Hilltop-El Camino winner advances to meet fourth-seeded Bishop's (17-4) in the quarterfinals.

The Metro-South Bay League champion Montgomery Aztecs were also supposed to open their playoff odysseys on Wednesday against visiting San Marcos in a Division I match-up. However, that game was postponed. The 11th-seeded Aztecs (17-10) will now host the sixth-seeded Knights (17-10) on Saturday, May 17, at a time to be determined.

The Montgomery-San Marcos winner advances to Tuesday's quarterfinals against third-seeded Canyon Crest Academy (21-13). The division semifinals follow on Thursday, with the Division I championship game scheduled Saturday, May 24, at 3 p.m. at Cathedral Catholic High School.

Southwest (9-8) received the No. 4 seed in the Division IV playoffs and will host fifth-seeded Horizon Christian (6-8) in a quarterfinal match on Saturday. The winner moves onto the division quarterfinals on Monday, followed by the division semifinals on Wednesday. The Division IV championship game remains scheduled for Friday, May 23, at 5 p.m. at Canyon Crest Academy.

The Metro-Mesa League co-champion Otay Ranch Mustangs and Eastlake Titans will enter Open Division playoff competition on Tuesday with road matches in the quarterfinal round. The fifth-seeded Mustangs (26-11) will travel to fourth-seeded Westview (22-9) while the seventh-seeded Titans (15-15) will play at second-seeded Torrey Pines (23-5).

The Open Division semifinals are scheduled Thursday, with the division championship game set for Saturday, May 24, at 5 p.m. at Cathedral Catholic High School.

A total of eight Metro Conference teams received berths in this year's section playoffs, with three at-large entries joining the three league champions (not including the Open Division, which included pre-qualified teams).

For pending playoff competition:

Bonita Vista (16-5) will compete in the Open Division as a pre-qualified team while the Hilltop Lancers (17-9) secured a berth in the Division III playoff as this year's Metro-Pacific League champion. However, Montgomery (8-13) and Southwest (11-7) finished the truncated season tied atop the Metro-South Bay League with identical 4-1 league records, with the Metro Conference needing to determine a tie-breaker to declare the league's designated entry for playoff entry.

Play-in games are scheduled Tuesday, May 20, for teams in Division I, Division II, Division III and Division IV

First-round play in the Open Division and Division V is scheduled to start Wednesday, May 21.

Twelve teams will compete in each of the Division I-IV brackets while eight teams will compete in both the Open Division and Division V brackets.

Boys lacrosse
Eastlake (14-3) and Montgomery (10-9) have each secured berths in post-season play as the Metro Conference's two league champions. Eastlake captured this year's Mesa League title with a 7-0 league record while Montgomery captured the South Bay League championship with a 7-1 league record.

Eastlake will advance to compete in the Division I bracket while Montgomery will compete in the Division II bracket. Twelve teams overall will compete in each division.

Several other Metro teams will be up for at-large playoff consideration, most notably Olympian (12-6) and Bonita Vista (8-8) in the Division II field.

Opening-round play in the Division I bracket commences Tuesday, May 20, at the site of the higher-seeded team, with quarterfinal-round matches to follow on Friday, May 23, at the site of the higher-seeded team.

The Division I semifinals are scheduled Tuesday, May 27, with the division championship game scheduled Saturday, May 31, at 5 p.m. at Granite Hills High School.

Opening-round play in the Division II bracket starts Wednesday, May 21, at the site of the higher-seeded team, with ensuing quarterfinal-round matches scheduled for Saturday, May 24, at the site of the higher-seeded team.

The Division II semifinals are scheduled Wednesday, May 28, with the division championship game scheduled Saturday, May 31, at 2:30 p.m. at Granite Hills High School.

Boys tennis
•The seeding meeting has been moved to Monday, May 19, at  5:30 p.m., at Cathedral Catholic High School

• Individual championships will start Tuesday, May 20, at The Barnes Tennis Center

• Individual finals will be held on Monday, May 26,  at The Barnes Center

Boys golf
• Entry procedures, preliminary rounds and finals will remain the same as distributed in the CIFSDS playoff bulletin. Section championships are May 27-29 at Admiral Baker Golf Course.

• League or conference game makeup dates are at the discretion of the conference and schools involved.

• Seeding and Playoff schedules remain the same as published in the playoff bulletin. Section playoff pairings will be released May 24, with championship game scheduled the first week of June.

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