Are you flippin’ kidding me? Coin tosses may be needed to break-up five-way tie in Trinity League

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Traffic reporters in LA are busy people.  Come Friday night, the Trinity League playoff race may need a traffic reporter to describe what could be a five-team pile-up for second place in the area’s toughest league.

Let’s start with the big picture.  Nationally-ranked St. John Bosco clinched its fourth straight league title last week, which gives the Braves one of the league’s three guaranteed CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 playoff spots.

Now here’s where it gets interesting.  IF, Bosco beats Servite, and IF Santa Margarita beats Mater Dei and IF JSerra beats Orange Lutheran, there will be a five-way tie for second place with each team owning 2-3 league records.

Trinity League
Team League Overall
St. John Bosco 4 0 9 0
Mater Dei 2 2 7 2
Orange Lutheran 2 2 5 4
Servite 2 2 4 5
Santa Margarita 1 3 5 4
JSerra 1 3 6 3

So how do you break a five-way tie?

Coin flips!

How many coin flips?

So many that the flipper may get a sore thumb…LOL!

What we do know right now —  the top three teams from the Trinity League are guaranteed Pac-5 playoff spots.  There are two at-large berths in the Pac-5, which means the #4 and #5 teams could still make the postseason, if the coin flips in their favor.  The last two years, the Trinity’s fourth place team has been given an at-large invitation.


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Jeff Fisher
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