LA Southern Section championships to be hosted at #1-ranked school

Girl’s basketball: Mater Dei to host championship games

With the Pyramid in Long Beach unavailable, Santa Ana Mater Dei will be the site for the Southern Section girls’ championship games on March 6 and 7.

That could set the stage for a rare situation, where Mater Dei’s heavily favored girls’ team gets to play a home game for the Division II-A championship.

“It was the best venue to take care of the girls’ and CIF needs,” Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons said.

The good news is that Mater Dei won’t be charging for parking. The same can’t be said for Ontario Colony, which will host lower-division boys’ finals and possibly some girls’ finals and charge $4 for parking. It’s a fundraiser for the school.

But that’s mere change compared to the boys’ finals at the Honda Center, which will charge $12 parking. Sorry, but I don’t have a lot of sympathy for those who make people pay for parking at a high school sporting event.

— Eric Sondheimer


I agree with many of the comments below this piece. The championships should be at a neutral site. There are plenty of them in this huge area. The CIF is lame.