C oast Union High will join the Coast Valley League in boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball and girls volleyball starting next year, Broncos athletic director Bill Clough said Tuesday, March 30.
The rest of the CVL is made up of Coastal Christian, Cuyama Valley, Maricopa, North County Christian, Shandon and Valley Christian.
While Coast Union has joined the CIF-Southern Section in non-football sports, it will remain in the Central Section’s East Sierra League for 11-man football (the CVL plays at the 8-man level in the Southern Section) and will stay independent in boys and girls soccer and boys and girls tennis.
The Broncos last competed in a league for non-football sports in 2006, when the Coast Sierra League disbanded.
“We think it’s a perfect fit,” Clough said. “Being a freelance school, scheduling is very difficult, and it really doesn’t give a school an opportunity to have an identity.
After more than a year of pursuing entry into the league, Coast Union was unanimously voted in by the league’s members.
Cambria is “so isolated and remote” from the rest of the Southern and Central sections alike, Clough said, it was “hard to find the correct fit (for both football and non-football sports), and both sections realize that” in allowing the school to uniquely be split between the two.
Coast Union’s typical enrollment is roughly 230, while the rest of the league averages just under half that much. Despite that inequity, North County Christian athletic director Larry Halderman said the schools’ respective team turnouts aren’t expected to be too unequal, as Coast Union offers more sports per season than the league’s other members, thus spreading the school’s talent out more.
Even if that weren’t so, Halderman said, the league collectively came to embrace the added competition Coast Union figures to pose, particularly in girls volleyball, in which the Broncos advanced to the Southern California Regional Division V championship match in 2008.
“It’s a good challenge,” Halderman said. “We’ll just have to raise up to that level.”