The CIF-Southern Section offices recently announced the playoff division pairings for the 2020-2021 high school fall sports season, which includes football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross-country, girls’ tennis and boys’ water polo. Despite there still being no start date to the fall sports season, and with a recent spike in coronavirus cases nationwide, sports families in the area are anxiously awaiting a decision by CIF State officials. It was announced recently that a decision would be made by July 20 whether the fall sports should begin as scheduled. Since mid-March, all high school sports activities in the state have been shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the fall season does indeed approach quickly, here is the breakdown for the proposed playoff division pairings for the 2020-2021 high school fall sports seasons, not including football, which has yet to be released. These are for the high school’s that are inside the Valley News coverage area as of June 12:
Divisional Playoff groupings
Division 1/Division 2: Chaparral, Great Oak, Murrieta Valley, Paloma Valley, Temecula Valley, Vista Murrieta
Division 3: Murrieta Mesa
Division 4: Hemet, Linfield Christian
Division 5: Elsinore, Heritage, Rancho Christian
Division 6: San Jacinto, Temescal Canyon, West Valley
Division 7: Orange Vista, Rancho Verde
Division 8: California Lutheran, Cornerstone Christian, Perris, Temecula Prep
Division 9: Hamilton, River Springs (Hemet), River Springs (Temecula), San Jacinto Valley
TBD: St. Jeanne de Lestonnac
Boys’ and Girls’ Cross-Country
Division 1: Chaparral, Great Oak, Hemet, Heritage, Paloma Valley, San Jacinto, Temecula Valley, Vista Murrieta
Division 2: Elsinore, Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta Valley, Orange Vista, Perris, Temescal Canyon
Division 3: Citrus Hill, Lakeside, Rancho Verde, Tahquitz, West Valley
Division 4: No local schools
Division 5: California Lutheran, Cornerstone Christian, Hamilton, Linfield Christian, Rancho Christian, River Springs (Hemet), River Springs (Temecula), San Jacinto Valley, Santa Rosa Academy, St. Jeanne de Lestonnac, Temecula Prep
** The CIF-SS Cross-Country divisions are based on CBED information from the 2019-2020 year. When the CBED information for 2020-2021 has been submitted to CIF-SS and the State Department of Education, any school that incurs a gain/loss in enrollment of a minimum of 15% in the current year will utilize the new CBED data for placement into division. Reporting of the information to the State Department of Education occurs in October of each year school year. Final divisional placement for each school will be determined once this information has been received and compiled.
REMINDER: By action of the CIF-SS Council at the March 23, 2000, meeting, no schools will be allowed to compete outside of their enrollment-based division.
Division 1: Great Oak, Murrieta Valley
Division 2: Temecula Valley
Division 3: Chaparral, Elsinore, Hemet
Division 4: Heritage, Murrieta Mesa, Paloma Valley, Vista Murrieta, Vista Murrieta
Division 5: Citrus Hill, Lakeside, Linfield Christian, Orange Vista, San Jacinto, Rancho Verde, Tahquitz, West Valley
Boys’ Water Polo
Division 1/Division 2: No local teams
Division 3: Murrieta Valley
Division 4: Great Oak, Temescal Canyon
Division 5: Chaparral, Elsinore, Temecula Valley, Vista Murrieta
Division 6: Hemet, Murrieta Mesa
Division 7: Heritage, Lakeside, Paloma Valley, Perris, Tahquitz
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