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February 26, 2021

FOOTBALL: Equity league beginning to take shape

Football coaches from the Monterey Bay League and the Tri-County Athletic League met Wednesday and voted on the placement of the leagues’ teams in next year’s equity league.

The new “super league,” will have 14 teams split into two divisions – an upper and lower division, TCAL and MBL commissioner Tim McCarthy said. Each sport will have different teams in each division, based on the quality of the program and its future. Teams’ credentials over the past two seasons, as well as the well-being of their Junior Varsity programs, were factored into the alignment process.

As for the area’s football squads, the initial vote proposed Gilroy and Christopher be placed in the ‘A’ division, joined by Palma, San Benito, Salinas, North Monterey County and Monterey. Alisal, Alvarez, Monte Vista, North Salinas, Pajaro Valley, Seaside and Watsonville will comprise the ‘B’ division.

In the first of three steps to determining the alignment, the coaches created their recommendations Wednesday, but they still need approval from each school’s athletic director, McCarthy said. Once the athletic directors approve or change the coaches recommendations, the league must be approved by the board of directors.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 6. McCarthy hopes to have the league alignments for each fall sport completed by that time.

“That’s the date we’re aiming for,” he said.

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