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: 74-33
Lair: Last week: 14-2; Overall: 84-23
Notes: I’m starting to worry a little and for good reason. Keith gets to check out one football game per week and that’s a stretch. I “cover” football just about all week yet he’s up 10 games on me. I didn’t do too bad last week. My wrong picks were: St. Francis (lost to Bishop Amat); Gabrielino (lost to Arroyo); La Salle (lost to Verbum Dei); and Rio Hondo Prep (lost to Chadwick). Lair’s two losses were Alhambra (lost to Schurr) and La Salle.
This week: Plenty of good action going on this week. Muir at Arcadia has a lot of intrigue. I’m not sure that playoff indications are on the line, but the end result of this game could map out the rest of the Pacific League. South El Monte at Rosemead will be a Mission Valley League showdown. Bell Gardens at San Gabriel could be the game that decides the Almont League title and St. Francis at Crespi is basically another St. Francis-Bishop Amat game. Kind of.
Friday’s Games with Predictions
Muir at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Muir)
South El Monte at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Rosemead)
Duarte vs. Azusa at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Duarte)
Bell Gardens at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Gabriel)
San Marino at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Marino)
Monrovia at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Monrovia)
St. Francis at Crespi, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (St. Francis)
Montebello at Alhambra, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Alhambra)
Burroughs at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Burroughs)
Gabrielino at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Gabrielino)
Keppel at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Schurr)
Marshall at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Maranatha)
Pasadena Poly at Rio Hondo Prep, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (Rio Hondo Prep)
Flintridge Prep at Viewpoint, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Flintridge Prep)