Dave Rice 7:30 p.m., Jan. 26
Sound Off: Best League in the Section
Which league is the most competitive in San Diego?
View from the Red Zone
The Eastern League is top to bottom the best league in the section this year. This league features Cathedral Catholic at the top, the second best team in the section this year behind only Oceanside. This unique collection of teams features top teams from Division I (Mira Mesa), Division II (Scripps Ranch, Lincoln, Patrick Henry), and Division III (Cathedral Catholic, St. Augustine). In addition, the Eastern League finished the preseason a combined 25-5, the best such record in the section. The bottom line: there are no weak teams in the Eastern League.
Word Around the Section
“If it’s not the toughest league around, you got to convince me that there’s another tougher league around, because I don’t see any teams that are weak.” -Lincoln head coach Ron Hamamoto on the Eastern League
“I guarantee that there are not a lot of Palomar and Avocado League coaches that would be getting exicted about playing Valley Center, Oceanside, Ramona and these teams. This is an outstanding league.” -Westview head coach Mike Woodward on the Valley League
“If you play north county football, you’re in the same league. You’re in a tough conference and every school up here is very competitive in all athletics.” -Carlsbad head coach Bob McAllister on moving to the Palomar League this season
“Looking at the Eastern League, that looks like a really good league top to bottom. Looking at the scores and competitiveness of it, I would say that one jumps out at me right away. I think the Mesa League with Chula, Otay, Eastlake and Bonita looks like a really good league top to bottom.” -Mission Hills head coach Chris Hauser on the best leagues in the section
“I’m biased – I like the Avocado. I think there’s some teams in our league that are going to make some dents in the playoffs. I think we’ve got the makings of having 50 percent of the Division I playoff picture come from the Avocado.” -Hauser on the Grizzlies' league, the Avocado League
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