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: 11-5; Overall: 37-20
Lair: Last week: 12-4; Overall: 40-17
Sorry it took a while to put up this first post. Everything technical-related is down in Pasadena, which means I’m relegated to work from the Tribune office in West Covina where I’m forced to listen to how much Bishop Amat fans cry about not being ranked No. 1 for a whole week. Ugh.
Anyway, here are this week’s games with predictions. Note there are no Thursday games.
There are some pretty games this week. I’m still deciding on which game to go. My top two in no particular order is Rosemead at Temple City and Monrovia at La Salle. San Marino should get a pretty good test when they play host to Cantwell; Hoover was way too easy last week. Both the Panthers and Rams are coming off losses while the Lancers and Wildcats are coming off victories. I wonder if the Rams D will be able to stop Tra Sumlar, one of the best running backs in the area. Sumlar didn’t play last week against Harvard-Westlake so that Rosemead team was not the same Panthers team you got used to seeing the first few games.
Lair and I have almost identical picks with the exception of the SM-Cantwell and Marshall-Godinez games. He picked Cantwell and Godinez while I picked SM and Marshall. Godinez, if you don’t know, is a new high school in the heart of Santa Ana. This is their first year of varsity competition.
Rosemead at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Rosemead); Lair (Rosemead)
Monrovia at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
Cantwell Sacred Heart at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Marino); Lair (Cantwell)
Muir at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
Alhambra at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Alhambra); Lair (Alhambra)
Burbank vs. Pasadena at PCC, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Burbank); Lair (Burbank)
Hoover at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Arcadia); Lair (Arcadia)
Mojave at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
Duarte at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Duarte); Lair (Duarte)
Flintridge Prep at Webb, 3:30 p.m. — Melendez (Flintridge Prep); Lair (Flintridge Prep)
Pomona at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Pomona); Lair (Pomona)
Bosco Tech at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Salesian); Lair (Bosco Tech)
St. Francis at Rio Mesa, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (St. Francis); Lair (St. Francis)
Firebaugh at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Melendez (La Canada); Lair (La Canada)
Godinez vs. Marshall at Muir, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Marshall); Lair (Godinez)
Blair at Brawley (San Diego), 7 p.m. –Melendez (Brawley); Lair (Brawley)
Pasadena Poly at Brentwood, 3 p.m. — Melendez (Brentwood); Lair (Brentwood)