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Dec 7, 2012 11:52 AM by Andrew Masuda

ADs start to discuss league reshuffle, consider county split

Central Coast athletic directors are starting to discuss how to shuffle area schools into new leagues. Talks are in the preliminary stages. Currently, there are seven San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara County schools in the Los Padres League and seven in the Pac 7 League.

Freelance schools Mission Prep and Orcutt Academy want to join a league, which would bring the total number of area schools to sixteen.

Athletic directors met earlier this week for almost three hours to discuss some options. Multiple athletic directors say the proposal with the most traction would establish two new leagues, with eight teams in each. One league would include only San Luis Obispo County schools, while the other would feature schools from Northern Santa Barbara County.

Current Leagues
Pac 7: Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Paso Robles, Pioneer Valley, Righetti, San Luis Obispo, St. Joseph
Los Padres: Cabrillo, Lompoc, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Templeton
Freelance: Mission, Orcutt Academy

Proposal
League A: Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Mission Prep, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Templeton
League B: Cabrillo, Lompoc, Orcutt Academy, Pioneer Valley, Righetti, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, St. Joseph

Supporters say it will save schools on travel costs and maintain rivalries. On the other side, it could be a disadvantage for schools with smaller enrollments that are forced to compete against larger schools.

Again, the talks are in the preliminary and early planning stages. No decisions have been made.

A final decision is still weeks or months away. KSBY Sports will continue to follow the situation.

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