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CIF takes Coronado’s championship away over tortilla incident

Wednesday afternoon the CIF State Executive Director concluded its investigation of the now-notorious “tortilla” incident that occurred after the end of the Southern California Boys Basketball Division 4-A Regional Championship between Coronado High School and Orange Glen High School.

The CIF State Executive Director announced the following actions:

1.The 2021 Southern California Boys Basketball Division 4-A Regional Championship is vacated.
2.Coronado High School is on probation for the 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 school years.

3.The Coronado High School boys basketball team will not host postseason contests at the Section, Regional, or State levels for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years.

4.All other teams in the Coronado High School athletic program will not host postseason contests at the Section, Regional, or State levels until numbers 5 and 6 below have been completed.

5. Completion of a sportsmanship workshop (to include a component of racial/cultural sensitivity training such as the NFHS Implicit Bias Course) for all Coronado High School administrators, athletic director(s), coaches, and student-athletes.

6. Completion of game management training for all Coronado High School administrators and athletic director(s).

7.The administration at Coronado High School is strongly encouraged to engage with the administration at Orange Glen High School to begin the process of developing a positive relationship between the two school communities. Examples may include the following:

a.) The administrators at the two schools work cooperatively to provide the student-athletes at both schools with a restorative justice opportunity.

b.) The administrators at the two schools work with a community-based non-profit organization to conduct community service projects with their student-athletes and coaches.

2 responses to “CIF takes Coronado’s championship away over tortilla incident”

  1. Pamela Owens- OGHS Class of 86 and mom of an OG basketball CIF champ and now alumni says:

    as they should..

  2. Steve says:

    As a 20 year Coronado Resident, Father of 4 CUSD students, and Father of a CHS basketball CIF & State Champion Basketball player – this is definitely not “as they should”!! I think everyone should “seek first to understand”, get both sides of the story, and await the results of all the on-going investigations into this matter before passing judgement or weighing in. As someone who was actually at the game and witnessed what took place following Coronado’s victory, what has been reported by the media, by numerous self-serving politicians, and by numerous misinformed Escondido community members has been one-sided, biased, and a gross rush to judgement. Sadly, this behavior is also being demonstrated by the the CIF in their rush to sanction the CHS Basketball Team and other Coronado High School sports programs. Shame on them and I can only hope they reverse their decision once all the facts are determined and the full accounting of this incident is made public. As an eye witness to the events following the game, the Orange Glenn fans and Coaching staff were definitely displaying poor sportsmanship, yelling hateful comments at the CHS players, and at least three OG Coaching Staff adults had to be physically restrained and escorted out of the building – they were certainly not approaching the Coronado bench in a peaceful manner to just shake hands!!!

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