Star-News Pick’em: This week’s all about Duarte-Gladstone…I like the Falcons


WILL THE FALCONS FLY?: Gotta go with Duarte over Gladstone in the teams’ Monteview League showdown at Citrus College on Friday.
Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

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 (13-5); Lair (14-4)
Season: Ramirez (79-36); Lair (80-35)

Last week:Keith and I had a pretty good week, with Keith edging me by one. He correctly tabbed Burbank over Pasadena, while I had the Bulldogs.
This Week: The big game this week is Duarte calling on Gladstone at Citrus College on Friday. The winner has a free road to the Montview League title. Duarte has been putting up big numbers in recent weeks and I think the Falcons offense to continue to be in high gear against the Gladiators, who eked by last last week. Other key battles this week are a first-place tilt between El Monte at Rosemead in the Mission Valley League; St. Francis at Harvard-Westlake; Gabrielino at South El Monte; San Gabriel at Montebello and Burroughs at Muir. I can’t see the Panthers corralling Brandon Martinez and the Lions, so go with El Monte. I also like St. Francis over Harvard-Westlake, Gabrielino over South El Monte and Montebello over San Gabriel.

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

THURSDAY
Desert Christian at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
FRIDAY
Duarte vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Duarte); Lair (Gladstone)
El Monte at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (El Monte); Lair (Rosemead)
Burroughs at Muir, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
St. Francis at Harvard-Westlake, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (SFrancis); Lair (Harvard-Westlake)
La Canada at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
Gabrielino at South El Monte , 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Gabrielino); Lair (Gabrielino)
Temple City at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (South Pas); Lair (South Pas)
Hoover vs. Pasadena at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Pasadena); Lair (Pasadena)
Glendale at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Arcadia); Lair (Arcadia)
Bosco Tech at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Cantwell); Lair (Bosco Tech)
Mary Star of the Sea vs. La Salle at Daniels Field, San Pedro, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (La Salle); Lair (La Salle)
San Gabriel at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Montebello); Lair (Montebello)
Blair at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (San Marino); Lair (San Marino)
Alhambra at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Alhambra); Lair (Alhambra)
Rio Hondo Prep at Chadwick, 3:30 p.m. — Ramirez (RHP); Lair (RHP)
SATURDAY
Flintridge Prep at Pas Poly, 2 p.m. — Ramirez (Poly); Lair (Poly)
Marshall vs. Windward at Palisades HS, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Wind); Lair (Wind)

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  • Has anyone noticed?

    Pretty tough year for St. Francis who will be 3-7 at worst and 4-6 at best. They will miss the playoffs and will come in last or second to last in league. Only beatable team left for them is St. Paul which is the last game of the year.

    Will their administration ever change their admission and financial-assistance policies? I doubt it. Good for them.

  • RHP

    RHP’s game got moved to Fri. @3:30

  • Steve Ramirez

    Thanks, RHP

  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train Wreck of the Week:

    In honor of Halloween-like coming down the track, Bullet Train, which will absorb the full amount of the jerry brown tax increase.

    The ca high speed rail authority recommends the following games only for those with strong constitutions, please consult with your health care provider. These games are rated PG 13 at least. (or if you want to leave at half time to beat the traffic)In no particular order…

    Monrovia V La Canada
    San Marino V Blair
    Hoover V Pasadena

    Honorable mention
    Alhambra V Keppel

    Where to spend your ticket money unless you have Federal Funding:

    Temple City V SP fight for RHL #2 or #3 High speed high stakes, as the loser goes to a siding and the winner has the CIF roundhouse still on the route.

    Duarte V Gladstone

    Gabrielino V SEM Can the Gabrielino “Little Engine that Could” keep rolling against the trick and treat SEM offense to stay undefeated-yes I said undefeated!?