1. Arcadia (20-3) — The Apaches are on the cusp of something extraordinary, and let’s hope that regardless of the outcome you guys all give them some credit.
2. Monrovia (19-3) — Wildcats celebrate their fifth straight Rio Hondo League title. The question now is, how far will Monrovia go in the playoffs with teams like Bishop Amat in the same division.
3. Alhambra (20-4) — Moors are the cream of the crop of the Almont League. They have been the last six seasons, and this is no coincidence, not with Steve Gewecke at the helm.
4. Maranatha (16-8) — Are the Minutemen ready to repeat as the Division 5 champions? Some questions remain, but Maranatha’s answered more than its left unanswered, such as showing it can bounce back after a shaky start and running away with yet another Alpha Leauge title. CIF is next.
5. Temple City (14-8-1) — The Rams had plenty of opportunities to dethrone the Wildcats as league champs, but youth at times showed its true colors. Still, there’s a lot of young talent that will wreak havoc again next year and prove it belongs among the big boys.
6. Pasadena Poly (16-6) — Panthers could be one of a few area teams that have a shot at bringing home a CIF title. Poly’s done its job during the season, challenging teams in nonleague competition and proving its strength with an unbeaten Prep League record.
7. Pasadena (13-13) — The Bulldogs just about broke even this season. There were ups and definitely some downs, but it appears as if the season will end on an even keel for Pasadena.
8. South Pasadena (12-11) — The Tigers sure are making things interesting. Sure, South Pasadena lost to Temple City on Tuesday, but coupled with a San Marino loss to Monrovia means the third and final playoff spot could be for the taking Thursday when South Pasadena visits San Marino.
9. San Marino (11-12) — Injuries and inexperience made it a difficult season for Paciorek & Co. Having Stevie Yortsos back is nice, but maybe too little too late. Don’t worry Titans, every team goes through this cycle. You’ll bounce back.
10. Flintridge Prep (11-10) — Rebels will enter the playoffs as the No. 2 team in the Prep League behind Poly.