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Copa Del Valle to decide IVL title

February 13, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

The Central Union and Calexico high school boys soccer squads will face off tonight for the eighth annual Copa Del Valle.

The Copa Del Valle started in 1993 when then Central coach Nabil Noujaim went to then Central athletic director Joe Evangelist with the idea of the cup.

Calexico and Central were at that point the strongest teams in the then Desert Valley League. Central and Calexico had engaged in a rivalry for years and Noujaim thought it would be god to enhance the rivalry with a cup game.

The cup is up for grabs in the last match of the season between the schools.

Central currently holds the cup after beating Calexico last year 3-1 in Calexico.

Calexico won the first match between the schools this year 3-2. Tonight the two sides have their final match-up this season to compete for the cup.

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But more than the cup is at stake. A win by Calexico means clinching the IVL title, but if Central wins, Brawley will have a chance at a co-championship with Calexico.

Other outcomes are possible but those are the most probable.

The league standings are Calexico with 13 points, Brawley 11 points, Southwest 10 points, Central 9 points, Holtville 5 points and Palo Verde 0 points.

El Centro Mayor Cheryl Walker will provide some words of encouragement before the game and hand out the cup to the winning side.

"It has all the makings of a fantastic game," said Central head coach Jim Graham.

"Everything is on the line for CIF qualification," he added.

Central enters the match with a record of 8-6-4 overall, 4-3-4 in league while Calexico has an overall record of 8-3-5, 6-1-1 in league.

The game will start at 6:30 p.m. at Cal Jones Field in El Centro.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 370-8549.

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