Realignment has taken place again in the CIF-Southern Section all over Southern California, and the same holds true for the 17 Catholic schools in the Camino Real, Del Rey and Santa Fe League Association.
To dissect the Stars' 2014 schedule in a nutshell... there is no Verbum Dei or La Salle, and Mary Star is no longer in the Del Rey League, which was dominated by those two schools last season. St. Bernard, Cantwell Sacred-Heart of Montebello and Bishop Montgomery of Torrance are still on the schedule, but they are no longer Del Rey League games for the Stars.
Mary Star now competes in the Santa Fe League with Bell-Jeff of Burbank (who will not field a varsity football team this season), St. Genevieve of Panorama City, St. Anthony of Long Beach and St. Monica of Santa Monica. Mary Star defeated St. Monica, but lost to St. Anthony, so they have experience against two of the SFL teams. Bosco Tech of Rosemead also made the move from the Del Rey League along with the Stars to the newly-reformed Santa Fe League.
Mary Star will have a bye on October 24 due to Bell-Jeff not fielding a football team this year. Chadwick of Palos Verdes Estates and St. Genevieve are the only newcomers to the Stars' schedule, with the Chadwick game on September 12 being the most intriguing for South Bay purposes.
One telling thing on the Stars' schedule is that the first four games will be at Daniels Field, and they will also have six games at home overall.
Head coach Mike Marinkovich lost 21 seniors from last year's team that narrowly missed the playoffs with a 4-6 record despite their even 3-3 record in the Del Rey League that had victories over Cantwell, St. Bernard of Playa Del Rey and Bosco Tech, but he still returns some key talent in senior QB/DB Derrick Edwards, junior WR/DB Vinny Lauro, junior RB/LB Nico Castania, senior RB/LB Vicente Perez and junior OL/DT Kevin Lopez.
The Santa Fe League road games at St. Genevieve (October 10) and St. Monica (October 17) may be switched later on in the year to a Saturday afternoon so those games are subject to change during those weeks.
MARY STAR OF THE SEA HIGH SCHOOL 2014 SCHEDULE
(Note #1: All games at 7 pm and home games are at Daniels Field)
(Note #2: * - Denotes Santa Fe League Game)
Friday 9/5 vs. Aquinas
Friday 9/12 vs. Chadwick
Friday 9/19 vs. Cantwell Sacred-Heart
Friday 9/26 vs. Bishop Montgomery
Friday 10/13 at St. Bernard
Friday 10/10 at St. Genevieve*
Friday 10/17 at St. Monica*
Friday 10/24 BYE WEEK
Friday 10/31 vs. Bosco Tech*
Friday 11/7 vs. St. Anthony*