The CIF Central Section board has reached its final determination on divisional placements for 2012-14, and while not all of the wishes of of our local high schools were granted, most were given the desired placement.
The only team that is still waiting for final confirmation is the Madera High football team. There was some confusion as Madera had presented its case wanting for all of the teams to compete in Division II. The CIF had previously moved the Coyote football team down to Division III, but then assumed that when Madera asked to have all sports in Division II, that the football team was included in this request.
Because of the confusion, Madera football was placed in Division II, but the CIF appeals committee is reviewing the case. And CIF commissioner Jim Critchlow revealed to me yesterday that one vote has already come back to keep the Coyotes where they were originally placed, in Division III. His feeling is that the Coyotes will remain in Division III.
Madera High also appealed to have the boys and girls cross country teams moved down from Division I to Division II. And after reviewing what was a solid argument, the CIF agreed that these teams would be much more competitive at the Division II level. Both squads have competed in a weak league for distance running which skewed how their performances were perceived. Both placed near last in the Division I section championships the past few seasons, so this move will allow them to be in a more competitive situation...