Oak Park gets wish: No game

first_imgA decision was made Tuesday on the wildfire-postponed Oak Park-Oaks Christian of Westlake Village football showdown: There will be no game. Tri-Valley League athletic directors and principals voted Tuesday to cancel the meeting between last year’s Southern Section Div. XI champion and runner-up, essentially siding with Oak Park in the matter. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I said all along that we will support the league’s decision, whatever it is,” Oaks Christian athletic director Jan Hethcock said. “Whatever the league votes, we accept it, and now we can all move on.” The decision creates a strong possibility that Oak Park and Oaks Christian would share the league championship. If the schools go 5-0 in league play, Oak Park will receive the league’s No. 1 seed to the playoffs, based on the “Rose Bowl rule,” which rewards the school that has not been the top seed for the longest period of time. Oaks Christian was the league’s No. 1 seed last season. “I don’t care about who gets the No. 1 seed,” Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell said. “What I care about is making the playoffs.” Oaks Christian has won the past three meetings, including the past two Div. XI championship games. If they share the league title, they would be in position to meet in the division final. Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 center_img The game originally was scheduled for Sept. 30 but postponed because of the Topanga Fire. Oaks Christian sought to reschedule the game for Oct. 1, 3 or 4, but Oak Park assistant principal Larry Boone and co-coach Dick Billingsley, unwilling to play three games in nine days, cited safety concerns when they declined. Oaks Christian brought a motion forward Tuesday to force Oak Park to play or forfeit the game, but it had little support. last_img read more