Star-News Pick’em: Showdown week as La Salle and Muir face first-place battles, while Rio Hondo faces Flintridge in first-place tilt in the Prep League

CAN THEY DO IT?: La Salle looks to make its turnaround compete when it faces Bishop Monty in a Del Rey League showdown on Friday. I like the Lancers.
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 (12-6); Lair (12-6)
Season: Ramirez (91-42); Lair (92-41)
Last week: Keith and I both went 12-6, missing on a few upsets — Flintridge Prep over Pasadena Poly and Temple City over South Pasadena.
This week: It’s championship week with three games featuring league title implications. The biggest one might be La Salle, which has gone from 1-9 last year to 7-0 this fall. The Lancers face their toughest battle to date, a trip to the South Bay and Bishop Montgomery for Del Rey League supremacy. I like La Salle to prevail. I also like Muir, and its quick-strike ability to beat Burbank and a first-place showdown at home in the Pacific League. The Mustangs have just too much. The other first-place battle comes in the Prep League, where Flintridge Prep, coming off a surprise win over Pasadena Poly, hosts Rio Hondo Prep at Occidental College. I like the Kares. All three games are Friday night under the lights.

This week’s schedule and predictions:
Keith Lair will have his picks on Tuesday.

Serra at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Ramirez (Serra); Lair (TBA)
Monrovia vs. Blair at Muir HS, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (TBA)
Sierra Canyon vs. Marshall at Pasadena HS, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Sierra Canyon); Lair (TBA)
La Salle at Bishop Montgomery, 6 p.m. — Ramirez (La Salle); Lair (TBA)
Burbank at Muir, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Muir); Lair (TBA)
Arcadia at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Arcadia); Lair (TBA)
Gabrielino at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Rosemead); Lair (TBA)
Duarte at La Puente , 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Duarte); Lair (TBA)
San Marino at Temple City , 7 p.m. — Ramirez (San Marino); Lair (TBA)
Flintridge Prep vs. Rio Hondo Prep at OCC, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (RHP); Lair (TBA)
Maranatha vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (WC); Lair (TBA)
South Pasadena at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (SPas); Lair (TBA)
Schurr vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Schurr); Lair (TBA)
Keppel at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (SGabriel); Lair (TBA)
Bosco Tech vs. Mary Star of the Sea at Daniels Field, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Bosco Tech); Lair (TBA)
Pasadena Poly vs. Webb at Damien, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Poly); Lair (TBA)

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  • Exciting week

    This is actually a very interesting week in the WSGV. Aside from the 3 league championship games Steve wrote about, Serra and Sierra Canyon will be in town on Thursday. Should be fun, well, except for the fact that St. Francis and Marshall will get smashed by both of those teams.

  • Greener than you

    I am calling it now…Marshall will beat Sierra Canyon.