Star Picks: The end is near, time to pay up the bet …

The Stang Fan and I will go head-to-head this season, though I don’t see the point anymore…

Melendez: 2-4 last week; total 146-51-1
Stang Fan: 3-3 last week; total 157-40-1

Apologies for taking long on posting this thread. I’ve been really under the weather the last week, and working Friday certainly didn’t help. I wouldn’t have had it any other way though. For one, I’m not a big believer in calling in sick, and secondly, I would have been wondering too much about the Monrovia-Schurr score. Saw some good things and a lot of not good things, which I’ll get more into later this week. In just two more weeks I’ll officially lose this year’s Star Picks. The Stang Fan had my number since Week 1, but that’s OK. I’ll pay the bet and wear USC gear and use that photo as my blog photo for one week. It’s been a fun ride, but no ride is complete until someone reaches next week’s finals. In my 10 years of covering high school sports I don’t recall ever not having one of my teams reach the finals in any given sport I’ve covered. Monrovia and Pasadena Poly have one more hurdle before reaching the big stage. The Panthers travel nearly six hours one-way to Bishop to play against top-seed Bishop Union. The game is slated for 6 p.m. and we’ll dispatch a reporter up there. The ride up there should be interesting and the environment there as well. We’re all set for Monrovia-San Dimas IV on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Yours truly, Fred and Mike “The Cousin” will be there too for live-blogging. We’ll have a two-minute video posted later in the week. With Monrovia the lone team in the area playing local, I’m wondering how many of you will come together and join in cheering on the Wildcats who aim to make their 10th finals appearance. Or, like a few folks out there, are you just waiting until Monrovia collapses so we can hear the rhetorical “I told you so” crap? Time for some more Theraflu, so I’ll hit you guys up Tuesday.

CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS
NORTHEAST DIVISION
SEMIFINALS

Pasadena Poly (9-3) at No. 1 Bishop (11-1), Friday, 6 p.m.
No. 3 Vasquez (10-1) at Boron (11-1), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

MID-VALLEY DIVISION
SEMIFINALS

Whittier Christian (11-1) vs. Village Christian (8-4) at Glendale HS, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 Monrovia (10-2) at San Dimas (8-4), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

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