May 23, 1989 |
The City Section office has postponed a decision on the fate of the 4-A Division playoffs until today, Commissioner Hal Harkness said Monday. He added that the 3-A Division playoffs will begin Wednesday as scheduled. The 4-A playoffs involving 16 teams also are scheduled to begin Wednesday, but that tournament has been jeopardized by a coaches' boycott as part of the teachers' strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District. Harkness met with district officials Monday after polling administrators at schools whose baseball teams have qualified for the playoffs.
May 24, 1989 |
Because of a coaches' boycott stemming from the teachers' strike, the City Section canceled the 4-A Division baseball playoffs Tuesday, a move that featured something for almost all involved to dislike. City Section Commissioner Hal Harkness announced the cancellation after a poll of the 16 schools whose teams had qualified for the 4-A playoffs revealed that only six were willing to field teams without the coach of record. Harkness declined to name the schools. District rules state that the school official coaching a team must be a credentialed employee.
May 26, 1989 |
As a result of the settlement of the Los Angeles schoolteachers' strike, the City Section has reinstated the 4-A Division baseball playoffs. City Section Commissioner Hal Harkness and a group representing the 4-A coaches hammered out a plan Thursday morning that calls for first-round games today and the next three rounds to be played Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The final is scheduled for Thursday at Dodger Stadium. Teams that survive the first round of the 16-team tournament will be allowed to practice either Saturday or Monday, a school holiday.
May 18, 1989 |
A group of Chatsworth High baseball players sought the support of the school administration Wednesday in an attempt to participate in the 4-A Division playoffs without Coach Bob Lofrano, a leader in a coaches' boycott during the strike against Los Angeles Unified School District. After a team meeting called by the players, seniors Rich Aude, Jason Evans, Doug Lambeck, Vince Simili and Derek Wallace made the request during a meeting with Assistant Principal Roy Kamamoto. School officials were unavailable for comment and players said that they were given no definitive answer.
August 2, 1989 |
Bob Lofrano, one of the Valley-area's top baseball coaches, interviewed Tuesday for a job as a coach and physical education teacher at Pierce College, according to Pierce Athletic Director Marian McWilliams. Both parties seem eager to join forces, although Lofrano and Pierce officials have not agreed on a job title. Lofrano, the Chatsworth High coach, said he assumed that he was interviewing for the head coaching job when he met with an academic committee Tuesday.
August 11, 1989 |
Bob Lofrano took a pay cut and his job title was declassified Thursday, but the former Chatsworth High baseball coach said that the move marked a step forward after he was introduced officially as a new assistant baseball coach at Pierce College. Pierce has hired Lofrano as a physical education teacher, the first such hire at the school since Jim Fenwick joined the staff in 1975.