Star-News Pick’em: Your picks and ours


NO TIME FOR A BREATHER: It’s time for the stretch run as the last of the area teams begin league play this week.
Staff photo By Sarah Reingewirtz
Keith Lair and I will go head-to-head in the Star-News Pick’em. Here is this week’s predictions along with how we did last week.

Last Week: Ramirez (8-6); Lair (8-6)
Season: Ramirez (66-31); Lair (66-31)

Last week: It felt a lot like upset Friday last week and our record showed, each going 8-6.
This Week: The last of the area leagues begin league play this week, with some interesting matchups, The top three figure to be St. Francis, still smarting from their loss to Monrovia, at undefeated Cathedral; South Pasadena, which went 4-1 in nonleague play, opening the Rio Hondo league against five-time champ Monrovia, and Pasadena, which lost a close one to Crescenta Valley, hosting Burbank, which begins the week tied with Muir for first in the Pacific League. I like the Knights, Cats and Bulldogs.

This week’s schedule and predictions:
Note: Keith Lair will provide his picks later
THURSDAY

Bishop Montgomery vs. Bosco Tech at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Bishop Monty); Lair (Bishop Monty)
FRIDAY
St. Francis at Cathedral, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (SFrancis); Lair (SFrancis)
Monrovia at South Pasadena, 7 pm. — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
Burbank at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Pasadena); Lair (Burbank)
Muir at Glendale, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
Hoover at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Arcadia); Lair (Arcadia)
Verbum Dei at La Salle, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (La Salle); Lair (La Salle)
San Marino at La Canada, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (SMarino); Lair (SMarino)
South El Monte at Rosemead, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Rsmd); Lair (Rsmd)
Gabrielino at Mountain View, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Gabrielino); Lair (Gabrielino)
Duarte vs. Workman at La Puente HS, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Duarte); Lair (Duarte)
San Gabriel at Schurr, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (SGabe); Lair (SGabe)
Alhambra at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (BG); Lair (BG)
Montebello at Keppel, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Montebello) Lair (Montebello)
Heritage Christian at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (HC); Lair (HC)
Webb at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (RHP); Lair (RHP)
Blair at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (TC); Lair (TC)
SATURDAY
Marshall at Brentwood, 3 p.m. — Ramirez (Brentwood); Lair (Brentwood)
Chadwick vs. Flintridge Prep at La Canada HS, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Chad); Lair (Chad)

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  • Mean Green Pastures…

    I hope this is not the Rankings…

    Mtown is #1 on the west side!

  • rhlfan

    Your pick is Monrovia but you like the tigers? I’m confused…

  • FootballGuy

    La Canada plays San Marino, Monrovia, South Pasadena, Temple City and Blair. I see them not being in a game until Temple City. There are rumbles in the foothills and it isn’t earthquakes.

  • Bob Anon

    FootballGuy: I wasn’t impressed w/ the new coach’s offensive philosophy in the game that I saw LC lose in. Still, I want to give him the benefit of the doubt because it sounds as though he wants the team to improve.

    The previous coach was a great teacher (one of my favorite at the school) but couldn’t get it done on the field. LC isn’t a football school. It may not even be a basketball school if there are no tall kids anymore.

    However, from going to the school (full disclosure: didn’t play sports) I’m almost tempted to question how badly does LC “want it”. The players at Monrovia, South Pasadena, and San Marino seem to “want it”.

    I don’t even think we will be in the game against Temple City. Hope I’m wrong.

    Would welcome your comments (as you seem to be the only person here anymore that talks about LC)

  • FootballGuy

    It’s just you and I Bob. My sons went to LC and both played sports but only one played football. The problem as I see it, is that there just are not enough players. Also too many kids are one sport guys. There are athletes in the school, but they are one sport guys. Too few of them make that one sport football. I have heard they are doing ok on the lower levels and I am glad to see that. I believe that in 2013 CIF will re league. If that happens, Monrovia and Blair will both go, all be it in different directions. That leaves the other four schools. Who joins them is the big question or do they all go their seperate ways and the RHL is history. Who knows. Glendale and Hoover would be good candidates to join the RHL. I look forward to your next post. We should allow GrimReaper to join us. He is a big TC fan, but he also loves the game and appreciates the efforts of others.

  • Philly b

    Footballguy
    I hope you are so so right about CIF re-aligning rhl, its time for Monrovia to move out, i wish hs was college where Monrovia can just jump ship for just football and keep the rest of sports in RHL

  • TIME

    Maranatha’s transfers can play now – Heritage Christian better be ready for a new Defense and Offense!

  • Bob Anon

    FootballGuy: I could see the one-sport thing being true because of the popularity of club teams for those other sports. Glad to hear that the lower levels are doing okay, though I hope thats not because other schools dont bother with the lower levels.

    I dont mean to flame the Monrovia people, but where is the football dominance in basketball? softball? tennis? golf? Why isnt the school dominating every sport? Think about that when contemplating re-leaguing.

    Glendale and Hoover would be good fits, but I dont want to see the RHL broken up.

    Im also curious to hear GrimReapers thoughts. There used to be GA, a Temple City fan that posted a lot on this blog. I wonder if GrimReaper is him. Many a time I have seen Temple City colors at one of my favorite places to eat and drink, The Boat. I think the Rams are on their way back.

  • Titansportsfan

    I can only speak for SM lower levels but the last 3 or 4 years SM has fielded strong teams at all levels with the exception of mooneys last year those seniors got hosed unfortunately …. I believe SM teams are a combine 14-1 this year with the lone loss coming at the JV level …. The coaching regime has put together a solid staff at all levels making sure player development and coaching the varsity scheme is happening makes a huge difference in development if u only have to review and not teach all new concepts

  • In the know

    I don’t know where this releaguing from Monrovia is coming from. I guess wishful thinking from their football fans. Listen people, it is not happening any time soon, if ever. The Monrovia administration has no intention of leaving the RHL, none at all, and I’ve heard it from them myself. School admins have to think about their comprehensive sports program, not just one successful sport, There may be some changes coming to the RHL but it has nothing at all to do with Monrovia. Face it football people, Monrovia is in the RHL for the long haul.

  • FootballGuy

    in the know said, time will tell. Bob, you are right on GrimReaper. Although the Boat is not what it once was, maybe we need a summit.

  • Mean Green Pastures…

    what do you know…There are several schools in the SGV which participate in different leagues for different sports. The Monrovia baseball team is more than capable of stepping into another league. They just beat Bishop Amat this year. It is very possible that you can keep the Rio hondo intact with out Monrovia being in the league, and you could easily add another school. Especially when Hoover is sitting right there. That is not a geographical nightmare to switch those programs. The only team that would struggle would be the Monrovia boys basketball team…which is in a great gym with a new coach, and would come in 4-5th place in the pacific. Even Soccer at Mtown is good.

    I think its possible.

  • In the know

    I never said that Monrovia couldn’t handle a move to a different league. That is not the issue. In order to releague a school’s administration has to want to go to another league, and to take the efforts to move to that new league. Or, like in the case of Charter Oak and South Hills, other schools in the league have to put a lot of pressure on CIF to have extremely successful and dominant schools forced to another league, with the subsequent approval of other schools in the area when it comes time to vote.

    Neither of those things are taking place right now. The efforts to releague come from the schools themselves, and requests to move to new leagues for 2014 are due to CIF in the next week or two. Monrovia has not and will not fill out those requests and other schools aren’t clamoring to have them changed either. So like I said, Monrovia is in the RHL for the long haul. Just ask the Principal, Asst. Principal, or AD next time you see them. That’s what I did.

  • Philly B

    So “in the know”…
    You asked the Princ, asst princ. and Ad they said they dont wanna leave the RHL???? With monrovia in football going on 5 years in a row of winning league…and monrovia is not just one sport. Baseball, Softball, tennis, wrestling(if its still there), girls Bball, are pretty good and would probably be competitve in the Pacific. I totally agree with mean Green on this. Keep the Rio Hondo switch Hoover and Monrovia, or Glendale and monrovia in the pacific. And especially since theres other schools in SGV that do it.

  • In the know

    No, I’ve only spoken to one of them, and yes, that person said that there is no imminent change with Monrovia in respect to the RHL. All I’m saying is if people are interested to know if Monrovia is trying to move out, just ask one of the three. That’s what I did. It’s not a secretive process. These are public employees and as parents, stakeholders and alumni we have a right to at least ask about things concerning our schools and kids. Again, the only clamoring for releaguing seems to come from football fans and alums. Now, I could’ve been lied to, but trust me when I tell you that I was at least told that Monrovia has no intentions on leaving the RHL.

    Again, you don’t have to believe me at all. However, I will challenge one of you to actually call up and/or meet with one of the school’s admins to ask them one simple question: Is the school administration contemplating leaving the RHL? Then come back to this blog and report what you were told, just like I have done. What do you say Philly B?

  • PurdueAlum05

    So how does switching to the Pacific League better than the Rio Hondo League? CV, PHS, Glendale have been down forever and then Burroughs, Arcadia and Muir contend for the league title. I personally don’t see it as an upgrade but it you think the grass is greener on the other side than go for it. Have fun losing to Muir, Arcadia, CV, Burroughs in basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and whatever sports that are non-football. I don’t think a move to a league for one sport is worth it, plus I think the realigning of the divisions are easier nowadsys. Back in the late 1990′s and early 2000′s, Mira Costa and Paso Robles use to compete in Division 10, and we all know how M-town faired against those guys. I say continue with what you’re doing and try to win state before you switch leagues. I think you guys have a shot at it if you go undefeated with the schedule that you had this year.

  • PurdueAlum05

    So how is switching to the Pacific League better than the Rio Hondo League? CV, PHS, Glendale have been down forever and then Burroughs, Arcadia and Muir contend for the league title. I personally don’t see it as an upgrade but it you think the grass is greener on the other side than go for it. Have fun losing to Muir, Arcadia, CV, Burroughs in basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and whatever sports that are non-football. I don’t think a move to a league for one sport is worth it, plus I think the realigning of the divisions are easier nowadsys. Back in the late 1990′s and early 2000′s, Mira Costa and Paso Robles use to compete in Division 10, and we all know how M-town faired against those guys. I say continue with what you’re doing and try to win state before you switch leagues. I think you guys have a shot at it if you go undefeated with the schedule that you had this year.

  • Giant Ref

    Why would Monrovia want to change anything.. let’s see back to back CIF Champions in the Mid Valley Div. Should they move out of the Mid Valley Div now too. Who cares if they are on top of the RIO right now, you guys are talking like that is hurting their CIF run and obviously it hasn’t and isn’t that the goal to win CIF. Maybe they can move on to State playoffs soon but playing in another league isn’t the answer to that. They play a tough pre-season schedule than have some pancakes in league but its not like that has hurt their CIF runs the past couple years. CIF Runner up, CIF Champs, CIF Champs. MoTown fans should enjoy what Maddox and his cats have cooking right now instead of asking to change the scenery. Winds of change always blow….
    Good luck with this years title defense. starts at pesky South Pas this week.

  • Bigfatfan

    Get Blair out of the RHL. Replace with Glendale or Hoover or both

  • Philly B

    Purdue

    Dont count monrovia out in the other non-football sports. We fare well in baseball, girls bball, and softball. Tennis, volleyball, might be a diff story, but no school is competitive in all sports think about it. And no one said Monrovia Switching leagues would BETTER the rio hondo league. Im talking about bettering Monrovia’s competition in League. If they were to go in the pacific in football, they would be challenged weekly (except for glendale and hoover) Thats what I want for the cats, to be challenged, to not just pancake league opponents and win league with having starters sit in the 2nd half and have a running clock, where’s the joy in that? I want to see games where they fight for four quarters!!!!! I dont know why that is so hard for you guys to understand that. Do I want mornovia in the Sierra or Serra League???? HELL NOOOOO They would get smashed no question Im no fool. However, for monrovia to be one of the elite teams in the SGV that’s the arguement that always comes up. Monrovia is in a weak sorry RHL, how can they be an elite sgv team? SO Why not put them in a ever so slightly better league like the pacific and play against the likes of Muir, PHS, Burbank, Burroughs(which we use to play) Crescenta Valley(which Im sure the cats could hang with easily) and Arcadia. Put Hoover and Glendale in the RHL and add in RHP for kicks. Cant change the division we’re in based on demographic and fans didnt want to travel great distances and want to see games locally however, I dont see why monrovia cant move leagues in football alone or all sports, according to in the know its not happening but I think it should if monrovia win’s the next 3 league titles in which they will win this one!

  • Bigbradahman

    What they need to do is kick out the burbank schools out of the pacific and realign with the rhl. Put the weaker schools in one league and leave them in the mid and have the stronger schools compete in the southeast.

  • Philly B

    But Burroughs has been one of the stronger programs in the pacific league in past seasons, beating out Muir and Arcadia for the title….

  • Bigbradahman

    No doubt that Burbank schools had an immediate impact since they join the pacific. Four championships and a shared title in 09 between the schools says enough about their program. But there are plenty of schools they can compete with within the Sfv and keep the Rhl and the Pac strictly Sg.

  • Philly B

    BigBrad,
    I agree with you there. Would love to see monrovia in the Pacific. Now that would be a league worth watching, assuming they would move monrovia and rid of the glendale schools to the Rhl

  • PurdueAlum05

    Philly B,

    You don’t enjoy getting beat by South Pas in water polo and tennis? Thanks…

  • GrimReaper

    Purdue
    Good Point about water polo, tennis, volleyball etc in response to the over inflated Philly and Green & White aspirations.

    If schools were re-leagued based on one sport there would be a lot of weird results.

    If Girls Tennis:
    San marino would be in some sort of Div One Super Div
    If Girls volleyball and basketball
    La Canada would be in some sort of super division
    If swimming and waterpolo
    La Canada and South Pas would be in some sort of super Division
    If Soccer
    La Canada, SM, and sometimes SP would be in a much higher Division

    And to pick a scab on the old Golden Arm…
    At one time in the 70′s TC football would have been in a super division.

    Based on the ages of the Monrovia Football team, even the ardent rooter Aram pointed out, that Monrovia will be in a big time rebuilding next year. They had better recruit and get transfers up the wing wang or this may quite possibly be the end of the run, that the Reaper says will come. It is a certainty, so enjoy the league and CIF championship trophies i sent you this year..Philly it could get a lot more interesting next year.

  • Observantcat

    Breaking news Grimm…. Next years team will not only be as good but could be better with some of the kids that I know will be coming back and they all live and breathe the Monrovia air. Nice hateful thinking but next year we will be a faster and just as big offense. Next!!!!!