Above: De’Shawn Ramirez & Co. ran past Paraclete in the semifinals. Can Monrovia do it again Saturday night when it hosts Whittier Christian?
It’s going to be a busy week. The winter sports are well under way and some big basketball tournaments get underway today. While I concentrate on that today I will leave you with the chance to ask as many questions as you want regarding Monrovia and Whittier Christian in the Mid Valley Division and Rio Hondo Prep and Salesian in the Northeast Division. What do you want to know about your teams? What do you want to know about the opposing teams? Rio Hondo Prep’s Mike Collins already asked why it is Salesian forfeited four of its games, and when I call the Salesian coach it’s something I will definitely ask and hope to have for you in Tuesday’s paper. There may also be some questions you want answered regarding the second round game, such as Ryan Maddox’s thought process when he opted to punt on third down in the Wildcats’ first series against Paraclete. What about Rio Hondo Prep’s Cody Cowell and how he’s feeling after returning since separating his shoulder in the first round game. How many of you are going to attend the other semifinals Friday night? I’m sure Monrovia’s making the trip to San Dimas and Rio Hondo Prep’s probably making the trip to Temecula to watch No. 2 seed Linfield Christian take on Chadwick. We will devote daily coverage of both teams leading up to what promises to be an action packed Saturday when Monrovia, the undefeated top-seeded team in the Mid Valley Division, and Rio Hondo Prep, the unbeaten, top-seeded and defending Northeast Division champions, try to keep its season alive and get closer to the promised land that is the championship game.
SATURDAY’S GAMES — WITH PREDICTIONS
CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS
MID VALLEY DIVISION
Whittier Christian (9-3, Olympic League 3) at No. 1 Monrovia (12-0, Rio Hondo League 1)
Salesian (6-6, Santa Fe 1) at No. 1 Rio Hondo Prep (12-0, Prep League 1)
PREDICTION: Rio Hondo Prep