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Coastal Clash Flag Football Tournament gives new teams plenty of competition

Flag Football teams compete in first local tournament

OXNARD, Calif.-The Coastal Clash Flag Football Tournament took place at Hueneme High School in Oxnard on Saturday.

This is the first big tournament for new varsity teams along the coast.

Referees said 15 teams signed up including Lompoc, San Marcos, Dos Pueblos, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, and Simi Valley.

Flag football just became a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sport.

"I think is it fantastic for the young ladies and student athletes to come out and play football. said the State Instructional Chair Greg Truez, "It is a great opportunity to add another sport for CIF couldn't be better."

Teams that advanced played four games.

Newbury Park played Rio Mesa in the White Bracket final and won.

Lompoc won the consolation championship.

Westlake beat Ventura to win the Red Bracket.

Dos Pueblos won the consolation championship.

Coaches said they won't have a CIF final until 40 percent of the local public and private schools have teams.

Right now 27 percent of area schools have at least one team.

The athletes said the historic tournament feels like a big deal.

Their season wraps up at the end of the month.

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