Laguna Hills wins appeal of placement in Coast View Conference

Laguna Hills on Thursday won its appeal of its league placement for the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 school years.

Orange County high school representatives, who created league configurations at a series of meetings this past spring, will reconvene in the coming weeks to construct another set of leagues.

The previous meetings concluded with Laguna Hills remaining in the Coast View Conference, which is a group of 10 south-county schools that are divided into the five-team Sea View and South Coast leagues. League membership varies by sport. Mission Viejo, for example, is in the South Coast League for football but is in the Sea View League for boys basketball.

The CIF-Southern Section Executive Committee approved Laguna Hills’ appeal by a vote of 14-3-4 at its meeting Thursday.

The Executive Committee is the administrative body of the CIF-SS Council, which itself is the CIF-SS legislative body.

Laguna Hills coaches long have maintained the school is not a competitive fit in the Coast View Conference. Laguna Hills’ 2016-17 school year enrollment of 1,597 students was substantially the smallest of the conference. The next-smallest Coast View enrollment was Capistrano Valley’s 2,050; two Coast View schools, Aliso Niguel and San Clemente, had enrollments of more than 3,000.

The 10 schools that are in the Coast View Conference are Aliso Niguel, Capistrano Valley, Dana Hills, El Toro, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, San Juan Hills, Tesoro and Trabuco Hills.

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