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 South Coast, Sea View football leagues shaken up for 2022

Capo Valley joins South Coast while San Juan Hills joins Sea View

San Juan Hills senior running back John Gaines rushes the ball through the defense during a high school football gasme against Capo Valley, Oct. 8, 2021. San Juan Hills will move into the Sea View League during the 2022 season while Capo Valley will play in the South Coast League (Ryan Kuhn, SOCoPrepSports.com File)

After two years of winning the Sea View League title, Capo Valley’s football team will now prepare for a new challenge. 

The Cougars are moving to the South Coast League. 

The decision came last week where principals and coaches from both leagues met to discuss any changes might be made to the two league . Typically, every two years the Sea View League champion is replaced with the South Coast League last place team to create a more competitive edge. 

San Juan Hills will also move to the Sea View League for the next two years. 

“When the news came out it was kind of a shock,” Capo Valley coach Sean Curtis said. “Everyone wanted to stay in the Sea View League because we won it the last two years.”

The South Coast League have been considered one of the most challenging public school leagues over the seven years with Mission Viejo and San Clemente.

While all four Sea View League representatives voted to keep the leagues as they were with the South Coast League having Mission Viejo, San Clemente, San Juan Hills and Tesoro and the Sea View League having Capo Valley, Trabuco HiIlls, El Toro and Aliso Niguel, San Juan Hills voted to follow the bylaws and constitution.

Mission Viejo and San Clemente sat the vote out because they didn’t want to go against the leagues’ constitution and Tesoro did not vote because it was trying to for its own appeal to move to the Sea View League. 

San Juan Hills coach Rob. Frith said the tiebreaker was Tesoro’s freshman team defeating San Juan Hills two years in a row.

“I was stress free the whole time,” Frith said. “If we were left in the South Coast League we wouldn’t have said a word. If they want to amend the constitution and look at different data then they should do that. Sometimes you have to look at things differently but I don’t know if that is going to happen.”

San Juan Hills has seen success in the Sea View League this past season outscoring its opponents, El Toro and Capo Valley, 108-26 but Frith has also coached the Stallions to including two straight 4-0 league records during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Prior to that coach Aaron Flowers led the San Juan Hills to a 4-0 league record in 2013. 

The Cougars has not seen as much success while in the South Coast League with its best league record being 2-3 in 2004, but Curtis is embracing the new challenge. 

“It’s a great opportunity to keep climbing as a program,” Curtis said. “There’s nothing we can do about it so we aren’t going to run from it.”

As of now Capo Valley and San Juan Hills are not scheduled to face each other next year after squaring the last three seasons. 

Born and raised in Dana Point, Ryan went to Dana Hills High School. He graduated from Sacramento State University in 2014 with a BA in Journalism. Throughout his career as a sports journalist, he has covered high schools, colleges, and professional teams. After working for multiple newspapers in as many states, he came to the conclusion that what he really wanted was to make sure the high schools in his hometown area got the sports coverage they deserved. Follow him on Twitter @rskuhn

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