STAR-NEWS SUPER 23 RANKINGS
1. St. Francis (6-0) – Now comes the real fun for the Golden Knights, who after dominanting en route to a 6-0 start, close the regular season against four teams ranked in the CIF-SS Western Division, including stalwarts Serra and Chaminade. How good is St. Francis? We’re about to find out.
2. Monrovia (5-1) – The Wildcats rebounded from last week’s loss to St. Francis by routing Temple City in their Rio Hondo League opener. I expect this to the first nine wins en route to the Mid-Valley title.
3. Muir (5-1) – The Mustangs, after another blow-out win are pushing for a top spot, but we’ll keep them hear for now. I picked Muir to run the table in the Pacific League, and it gets the opportunity to take a major step when it faces Burbank on Friday, likely for the Pacific League title.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (5-1) – The Kares continue to roll, looking more like a team capable of three-peating with each blowout victory. They’ll decide the Prep League against Poly in a few weeks. Until then, expect more easy wins.
5. San Marino (5-1) – The Titans, who were averaging more than 50 points a game during a four-game stretch, showed it can win a defensive game, beating South Pasadena, 21-6. They should roll in their next three before host Monrovia on Nov. 8.
6. La Salle (4-2) – The Lancers were pushed to the limit before holding off Verbum Dei in a shootout. They still look like a team capable of repeating as Del Rey League champs, but will need to step it up defensively to beat Bishop Montgomery in two wees.
7. Pasadena Poly (5-0) – The Panthers keep living up to their No. 2 ranking in the Northeast Division, routing rival Flintridge Prep. The Panthers barometer test comes in two weeks against Rio Hondo Prep.
8. Rosemead (5-1) – The Panthers are the feel good story of 2013, following up a season-opening loss with five consecutive victories. They look like the only contender to Arroyo in the Mission Valley League.
9. Arcadia (4-2) – The Apaches were just good enough to beat Glendale in a Pacific League encounter they had to have. But the question remains if they can keep up with Burroughs and Crescenta Valley. They’ll need to beat one to get in the postseason.
10. Maranatha (5-2) – Suddenly, the Minutemen look like the favorite in the Olympic League, opening with a rout of Village Christian. They are the only team in the league above .500, and you have to like their chances the rest of the way, especially with their passing game, which by the numbers, ranks better than any team in the area.
The Rest: 11. Gabrielino (4-2), 12. Duarte (3-3), 13. South Pasadena (3-3), 14. La Canada (3-3), 15. San Gabriel (1-5), 16. Temple City (1-5), 17. Pasadena (1-5), 18. Flintridge Prep (0-6), 19. Marshall (2-4), 20. Keppel (1-5), 21. Alhambra (0-6), 22. Bosco Tech (0-6), 23. Blair (0-6).
1. Eli Snyder, Maranatha, 123-205-1,897-14
2. Tyler Gangi, St. Francis, 72-131-1,262-15
3. Elijah Peters, Gabrielino, 77-151-1,172-10
4. Joey Harmon, Arcadia, 78-130-948-4
5. Johnny Bolinger, Rio Hondo Prep, 40-70-709-10
6. Robbie Fueling, La Canada, 22-68-492-3
7. Will Pyburn, La Salle, 26-51-459-3
8. Deshawn Potts, Monrovia, 29-58-458-4
9. Michael Bowman, Pasadena, 29-49-406-7
10. Dejon Williams, Muir, 16-24-375-3
1. Kurt Scoby, Monrovia, 98-1098-14
2. Baile McDavid, Maranatha, 88-738-8
3. Griffin Carter, Pasadena Poly, 51-715-12
4. Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo Prep, 96-587-9
5. Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 79-575-5
6. Stefan Smith, Flintridge Prep, 39-515-7
7. Alec Zavala, Rosemead, 72-479-6
8. Areg Nazarian, St. Francis, 45-417-4
9. Milan Acquaah, La Salle, 45-389-6
10. Michael Valenzuela, Alhambra, 102-377-1
1. Darron McWhorter, Maranatha, 38-655-6
2. Xavius Boone, Maranatha, 39-573-4
3. Dylan Crawford, St. Francis, 24-529-7
4. Christopher Montoya, Gabrielino, 24-353-2
5. Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 18-329-4
6. John Franco, Gabrielino, 15-308-3
7. Mark Pachorek, Arcadia, 23-300-0
8. Aidan Yamada, Maranatha, 17-292-1
9. John Carroll, St. Francis, 20-282-3
10. Jared Atkins, La Salle, 10-250-1