New Fall Playoff Divisions Affect Local Programs

La Cañada High School varsity football team
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
The La Cañada High School varsity football team was placed in Division 14, the lowest in CIF.

The CIF Southern Section recently released its new playoff divisions for football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ water polo and girls’ tennis, affecting several local programs.
CIF uses a formula to develop a ranking that is based on regular season record, strength of schedule and playoff performances the past two seasons. The La Cañada High School varsity football program has struggled to win games the last few seasons, placing the team in Division 14, which includes 70 squads. St. Francis was moved down to Division 3 this year.

Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ volleyball team
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
A solid 2018 campaign propelled the Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ volleyball team to Division 5 this season.
Sydney Wang and Artis Phillips
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Sydney Wang and Artis Phillips helped the Spartans win the CIF-SS Division 2 title last year. LC was bumped up to Division 1 after a successful campaign.

The only girls’ volleyball program that was affected by the new groupings was Flintridge Prep, which improved last season and was bumped up to Division 5. La Cañada remained in Division 3 and Flintridge Sacred Heart will continue to compete in Division 1/2.
After a solid 2018 campaign, the St. Francis varsity boys’ water polo team moved up to Division 5. The La Cañada and Flintridge Prep water polo squads remained in Division 4.
The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ tennis team was bumped back up to Division 1 after winning the CIF-SS Division 2 championship last fall. Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart remained in Division 4.
The local cross-country programs did not see any changes this year. LC, FSHA and St. Francis remained in Division 4, and Flintridge Prep will continue to compete in Division 5.
These are the initial pairings released by the CIF-SS and changes can be made prior to the season.

St. Francis varsity football
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
After one season in Division 2, the St. Francis varsity football team was moved down to Division 3.

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