I went 22-2 in picks last week to take my season total to 96-28, then went 5-0 i games last night. So getting better, now 101-28.
There aren’t a lot of games this week as most are getting ready for league play next week . . .
Colony 27, Riverside Poly 21 – Alright faith in the Titans. Josh Thompson & Company don’t fail me now.
Carter 21, Yucaipa 14 – We”ll see if the Lions have recovered from getting pummeled by REV last week. I think Alex Pierce will rally the troops.
Miller 24, Eisenhower 17 – Both these programs are struggling mightily so it should be a competitive game and could go either way. Flipped a coin.
Damien 24, Ayala 14 – Going with Damien because it has looked slightly better than Ayala and Ayala is a team a still can’t figure out. The Bulldogs have talent but something isn’t right.
Chino 32, Rowland 10 – The Cowboys have to avoid the proverbial letdown after an emotionally draining game last week. I think they’ll be OK though.
Sierra Vista 28, Garey 14 – Sierra is 2-2 and Garey is winless so have to go with the team that has won games.
Ganesha 42, Western Christian 7 – The Giants are improved and Western Christian has a lot of issues. No question here.
Montclair 27, Wilson 14 – The Cavaliers have looked improved too. I’ll take them at home this week.
Silverado 21, Los Osos 17 – This could be a pretty good game and the Grizzlies have been impressive the last two weeks. But I’ll go with the Hawks at home.
Pomona 24, Santa Monica 10 – This is a game the Red Devils somehow lost last year. I don’t see that happening again.
Former Damien High School basketball standout Malik Fitts has made a verbal commitment to the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.
Fitts, who helped the Spartans to the CIF Division 3 state championship in March, is currently enrolled at Brewster Academy, a private prep school located in Wolfeboro, N.H.
He had been playing in a travel ball tournament in Las Vegas when he was spotted by South Florida coach Orlando Antigua.
He had been playing on the same team as another player who had committed to USF.
“I had 31 points and played very well and he started talking to me after that,” Fitts said.
Fitts was also considering DePaul, Bradley, Nevada and Hawaii. He had unofficial visits to Portland and UC Riverside.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard had some offers coming out Damien but wanted to take an extra year to work on maturing physically as well as improving his SAT test score.
Fitts was a first team Baseline League and All-Inland Valley selection last year as a senior.
Fitts plans to major in business.
“I am really excited about the opportunity,” he said.
Don’t look now but the Ganesha Giants are 4-1 with a good probability of making that 5-1 when they host winless Western Christian for Homecoming on Friday
Coach Don Cayer’s team was 4-6 a year ago so the prospect of a winning season is welcomed. Cayer isn’t getting too far ahead of himself because last year the Giants were 4-2, only to lose their last four games of the season.
The measuring stick is that Cayer’s schedule is the same as last year with the exception of one team so he thinks he can assess where his team stands.
“The big difference is last year we were 4-2 and we could have been 2-4,” he said, noting two 7-6 wins. “This year we’re beating these teams convincingly. For the first time in a long time here we have games on the schedule we should win.”
Junior quarterback John Mosqueda has led the resurgence. He has passed for 404 yards but is the leading rusher as well. After that it has been a successful running back by committee with seniors Anthony Longsworth, Mauriyon O’Brien and Jaylon Dean, with Dean also an integral factor on the other side of the ball.
The receiving core is also a balanced one.
The Giants start Miramonte League play on Oct. 9 against Bassett which also also provide a litmus test. Last year Ganesha lost to Bassett 42-0 and it came on the heels of a loss to Garey.
“We couldn’t have been any flatter that game than if we had been plowed over by steamroller,” Cayer said. “Playing them the first game will tell us exactly where we stand.”
Cayer still singles out Pomona as the team to beat.
“The graduated some players but they’re still the big dog until someone knocks them off.”
Etiwanda freshman Julia Jimenez announced on Twitter that she has committed to play at the University of Michigan.
“It’s definitely overwhelming. It’s an honor and very humbling,” she explained in an email. “I am glad to see all my hard work and dedication pay off. The road only gets harder from here and now I have to work twice as hard.”
Jimenez, who was being recruited as a shortstop, stated that she also had full ride scholarship offers from Louisville and Texas A&M.
“It has been very exciting and stressful at the same time but it is a good stress at least,” said Gloria Jimenez, the mother of Julia.
Despite only being a freshman, she believes Michigan is the right place for her.
“It is a well balanced school,” Julia said. “All of the athletics, the education and the coaching staff.”
She made her verbal commitment over the phone with Carol Hutchins, the Wolverines’ softball coach.
“She said she would be honored to be my coach,” Jimenez said. “She referred to me as a Wolverine and told me it is not about the size, but it’s the fight.”
Gloria believes the game of softball has really helped her daughter grow into the person she has become.
“It has really made her focus on her education, it has taught her life lessons and how to overcome failure,” Gloria said. “It has made her a stronger minded young lady and she is extremely confident on and off the field.”
The Montclair girls tennis team is off to an 8-1 start and ranked No. 2 in Division 5. The Cavaliers won the Mt. Baldy League two years ago for the first time in 25 years and are bidding to do the same again this season.
Coach Doc Martin is pleased with his team’s progress. The school doesn’t traditionally get a lot of players with club or competitive backgrounds before they get to the high school level.
“This is a nice group of girls with good senior leaders,” Martin said. “They have bought in to what we’re trying to do and we’re doing pretty well.”
Senior Jazmyn Sandoval is the top singles player with junior Emily Lam playing at No. 2. martin is working on solidifying the rest of the singles lineup.
The sixth-year coach said the strength of the team is its doubles play with three quality teams. Those teams are seniors Sammy Valencia and Trish Montemayor at No. 1, juniors Vy Nguyen and Phi-Phi Do at No. 2 and sophomore Jereena Montemayor and junior Jenny Vu at No. 3.
The Cavaliers are 8-1 the lone loss to Alta Loma with whom they have split this season. Those two teams will play a third time on Oct. 13 which will likely decide the league title. Alta Loma has also had a solid season and is ranked No. 3 in the same division.
Montclair will play against Chaffey today.
Etiwanda High School senior Kamari Pleasant has excelled on both sides of the ball. But heading into this season he looked to destined to play safety in college. Well, not so fast.
Pleasant, a 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, is starting to get some attention as a wide receiver. Now he’s not being recruited as one or the other. He’s getting that proverbial tag “Athlete.”
That will should give him more options moving forward.
He has three offers – UTEP, Montana State and Oregon, with the latter coming as recently as Sunday.
“I have had a good season catching the ball and I’m getting some numbers there,” Pleasant said of the recent attention focused on him, “I am happy about that because ti gives me more options.”
Pleasant says he doesn’t prefer one over the other. He’ll do what ever gets him on the field faster.
He is actually the team’s leading rusher with 42 carries for 301 yards and two touchdowns. He has five receptions with one touchdown and has an interception on defense.
He is keeping his options open for now. He will take a visit to UCLA this weekend and one to USC the following week but those will both be unofficial. He hasn’t settled on any official trips.
The Eagles (2-3) are off the week and will start Baseline League play the following week against Upland.
Here are the CIF football polls for this week.
CENTRAL – 1. Charter Oak (4-1); 2. San Marino (5-0); 3. Summit (4-0); 4. Glendora (3-1); 5. Bonita (5-0); 6. Colony (1-3) and Claremont (5-0); 8. Kaiser (3-1); 9. West Covina (2-3); 10. Chaffey (5-0).
EASTERN – 1. Palm Springs (4-0); 2. Serrano (4-0); 3. Norte Vista (4-0); 4. Moreno Valley (4-0); 5. Rubidoux (5-0); 6. Ramona (4-1); 7. Vista del Lago (4-1); 8. Silverado (3-2); 9. Barstow (4-1); 10. Palm Desert (2-3).
EAST VALLEY – 1. St. Margaret’s (4-0); 2. Grace Brethren (5-0; 3. Brethren Chr. (5-0); 4. Calvary Murrieta (5-0); 5. Saddleback Valley Chr. (4-0); 6. St. Anthony (2-2); 7. Santa Paula (3-2); 8. Webb (4-1); 9. Crean Lutheran (3-2); 10. Cap Valley Chr. (1-1).
INLAND – 1. Heritage (5-0); 2. Redlands East Valley (3-1); 3. Cajon (4-0); 4. Rancho Verde (3-2); 5. Citrus Hill (3-2); 6. Redlands (3-1); 7. Carter (3-1); 8. Paloma Valley (3-2); 9. San Jacinto (5-0); 10. Yucaipa (3-1).
MID-VALLEY – 1. Sierra Canyon (5-0); 2. Paraclete (2-3); 3. Pomona (3-2); 4. Montebello (4-1); 5. Northview (4-1); 6. Brentwood (3-1); 7. Bell Gardens (3-2); 8. San Dimas (2-2); 9. Arroyo (3-2); 10. El Monte (3-2).
NORTHWEST – 1. Linfield Chr. (5-0); 2. Riverside Notre Dame (4-0); 3. Templeton (4-1); 4. Twentynine Palms (4-0); 5. Nipomo (2-3); 6. Ontario Chr. (4-1); 7. Bishop Montgomery (4-1); 8. Cerritos Valley Chr. (4-1); 9. Mission Prep (3-1); 10. Rancho Mirage (3-2).
PAC-5 – 1. Corona Centennial (4-0); 2. St. John Bosco (5-0); 3. Mater Dei (5-0); 4. Bishop Amat (4-1); 5. Alemany (4-1); 6. Long Beach Poly (3-1); 7. Serra (4-1); 8. Oaks Chr, (5-0); 9. JSerra (5-0); 10. Orange Lutheran (5-0).
SOUTHEAST – 1. Cathedral (4-0); 2. St. Francis (4-0); 3. Dominguez (3-2); 4. Downey (2-3); 5. La Serna (3-2); 6. La Mirada (2-3); 7. Paramount (3-2); 8. Burbank Burroughs (3-1); 9. Burbank (2-2); 10. Salesian (3-2).
SOUTHERN – 1. El Modena (3-1); 2. Westminster (4-0); 3. Anaheim Canyon (2-2); 4. Garden Grove (3-1); 5. Katella (4-0); 6. Santa Ana (4-0); 7. Brea Olinda (1-3); 8. Rancho Alamitos (3-1); 9. Costa Mesa (4-1); 10. Santa Ana Cavalry Chapel (2-2).
SOUTHWEST – 1. La Habra (4-1); 2. San Clemente (4-1); 3. Corona del Mar (3-2); 4. Valencia Placentia (4-0); 5. Villa Park (4-0); 6. Foothill (3-1); 7. Buena (3-1); 8. Tustin (4-1); 9. Sonora (4-0); 10. Fullerton (4-1).
WESTERN – 1. Calabasas (5-0); 2. Mira Costa (4-0); 3. Redondo Union (4-1); 4. North Torrance (4-1); 5. West Torrance (2-2); 6. El Segundo (4-0); 7. Oak Park (5-0); 8. South Torrance (4-0); 9. Lawndale (3-1); 10. Morningside (4-0).
WEST VALLEY – 1. Mission Viejo (6-0); 2. Tesoro (4-1); 3. Vista Murrieta (3-1); 4. Upland (3-2); 5. Rancho Cucamonga (4-1); 6. San Juan Hills (5-0); 7. Los Alamitos (2-2); 8. Hart (3-1); 9. Murrieta Valley (4-1); 10. El Toro (3-2).
ARROWHEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 12, ONTARIO CHRISTIAN 6 >> The Eagles’ Kendall Bollock swept her singles competition in Ambassador League play against the Knights (0-8, 0-4). Kayla Dennis won two matches against Eagles. Arrowhead Christian Academy will play at 3:15 p.m. today against Aquinas. Ontario Christian will play at 3:15 p.m. today against Woodcrest Christian.