Star-News preps writer Keith Lair and I will be going head-to-head throughout the season, and I will update our records each Monday on the “Star Picks” thread.
Melendez: Last week: 12-4; Overall: 26-15
Lair: Last week: 11-5; Overall: 28-13
Notes: My wrong picks were Hoover (lost to South Pasadena); Temple City (lost to Alhambra); Keppel (lost to Gabrielino); and Brentwood (lost to Rio Hondo Prep). Lair’s wrong picks were Temple City (lost to Alhambra); La Salle (lost to San Marino); Duarte (lost to Pomona); Capistrano Valley (lost to Maranatha); and Gladstone (lost to Bosco Tech). If it wasn’t for my horrific Week 0 start, I’d probably be running away with the lead. So for now Lair is two wins up on me. Some of you guys have posted your picks which are great but how about you add up your records while your at and see how you fare through the season.
Tough picks: I might head over to the Burroughs-St. Francis game and just watch. Keith Lair will be covering the game. This could be a close game than most probably expect. San Gabriel I think has more weapons on offense than Temple City. The Matadors can attack you just as good on the ground as they can over the air. Joey Stewart will be one tough assignment for the Matadors. Nice battle of the private schools between Bosco and La Salle. Arcadia-Lynwood should be pretty good if the Apaches are back to 100 percent.
Thursday, Sept. 25
Burroughs at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (St. Francis); Lair (St. Francis)
Friday, Sept. 26
Hoover at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Marino); Lair (San Marino)
Temple City at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Gabriel); Lair (Temple City)
Alhambra at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Alhambra); Lair (Alhambra)
Arcadia at Lynwood, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Arcadia); Lair (Lynwood)
Glendale at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Glendale); Lair (Glendale)
Beckman at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Monrovia); Lair (Beckman)
Blair vs. Jefferson at PCC, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Blair); Lair (Jefferson)
South Hills at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Melendez (South Hills); Lair (South Hills)
Bosco Tech vs. La Salle at St. Matthias, 7 p.m. — Melendez (La Salle); Lair (La Salle)
Keppel at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Keppel); Lair (Mountain View)
Village Christian at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Gabrielino); Lair (Gabrielino)
Rio Hondo Prep at Sage Hill, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Rio Hondo Prep); Lair (Rio Hondo Prep)
Flintridge Prep vs. Campbell Hall at Occidental College, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Flintridge Prep); Lair (Campbell Hall)
Saturday, Sept. 27
Marshall at Chadwick, 2 p.m. — Melendez (Chadwick); Lair (Chadwick)