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Who’s the champ?

There is confusion and anger over who owns the frosh football league crown

Posted: November 14, 2008 10:44 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2008 4:55 a.m.
In Friday's edition of The Signal's sports page, a headline read "Viking frosh perfect."

The headline was anything but perfect as Valencia's freshman football team had two ties in Foothill League play.

But what created more of a firestorm from parents and others associated with the Canyon freshman football team was that the story made the claim that Valencia was the freshman Foothill League champion.

Canyon people protested vehemently because the Cowboys went 4-1 in the Foothill League - therefore, they felt the crown belonged to Canyon.

Valencia finished 3-0-2.

Here's where the confusion continues.

According to Valencia High athletic director Brian Stiman, there is no tiebreaker for league champions at the freshman and junior-varsity levels.

Furthermore, Canyon athletic director Marlene Holomon said: "The thing about it is there is no league champion except at the varsity level. We unofficially will say congratulations (to the lower-level teams) like I did when I sent an e-mail to the staff."

There is no tiebreaker at the lower levels, Stiman said, because rules are established for the varsity teams and all the lower-lever programs follow suit.

A tiebreaker does not apply to the lower levels because there is no playoff.

If two teams are co-champions in varsity play, a coin flip determines who the No. 1 team from the Foothill League is in the playoffs.

The Foothill League's athletic directors met and the six schools' principals, according to Stiman and Holomon, agreed not to allow games to go into overtime because of a tie.

Ties are not assessed point values; neither are wins.
Because this situation has never happened at the varsity level, this bridge has never been crossed by the six athletic directors.

Holomon said if this were to happen at the varsity level (a team finish 3-0-2 and another 4-1), they would be co-champions.

Therefore, the freshman league champion is up for interpretation.

Canyon can stake a claim because it has four wins, more than any other team.

Valencia might be able to say the same because it never lost and defeated Canyon during the season.

If there was a point system, Holomon and Stiman agreed - a win would be worth one point and a tie would be worth half a point.

This would give Canyon and Valencia four points each.

Contrary to some complaints, there is no CIF-Southern Section rule that determines who is the league champion - the league makes that determination.

"There is no definitive equation that we use under these circumstances in football because there's never been anything at the varsity level to prompt a reason why," Stiman said.

So who exactly is the freshman football league champion?
"I'm claiming Canyon," said Canyon freshman head coach Cesar Arevalo.

Arevalo was under the impression that total wins determines the league champion.

"That's why we should have overtime," Holomon said.

In Holomon and Stiman's eyes, the league championship is shared by Canyon and Valencia.


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