I’ve been a little under the weather this week, so I didn’t recap my picks or my record for picking last week. I will recap all of that after this week, I hope.
First round playoff picks
Moreno Valley Rancho Verde 28, Colton 20
Kaiser 28, Moreno Valley Canyon Springs 14
Paloma Valley 35, Chino 17
Summit 21, Riverside Poly 17
La Quinta 42, Chaffey 21
Signings from San Bernardino County from the early signing period, either have already signed or are expected to sign.
Erin Clark, Portland State
Uzo Owuama, Grand Canyon
Derrick Jones III, Grand Canyon
Chino Hills baseball
Aaron Dominguez, Mississippi St
Izzy Fuentes, San Diego State
Cody Sporrer, UC Riverside
Jake Taylor, New Mexico St
Kyle Wade, Iowa
Josh Walker, Grand Canyon
Chino Hills softball
Shianne Brannan, Cal State Fullerton
Patricia Parks, Arizona
Alyssa Mendez, Nevada
Chino Hills volleyball
Mallory Beard, Hampton University (Va.)
Etiwanda girls basketball
Alyssa Anderson UNLV
McKynzie Fort, Oregon
Cherice Harris, Arizona
Amy Okonkwo USC
Deaja Smith, Cal State Fullerton
I feel much better about my Eastern Division picks than I do about these.
I had trouble figuring out to do with Rancho Cucamonga and Upland after Upland beat RC on Friday and some league champs (Charter Oak, Eisenhower) were ranked low or not in the top 10).
The East Valley was tough with Rim ranked No. 4 last week, won, but will go in as the Mountain Valley League’s No. 3 team.
Here is what I have
Los Osos (Baseline No. 4, at-large, 5-5) at No. 1 seed Vista Murrieta (Southwestern No. 1, 9-1); Corona Santiago (Big VIII No. 3, 5-5) at Eisenhower (CItrus Belt No. 1, 8-2); Chino Hills (Sierra No. 2, 7-3) at Rancho Cucamonga (Baseline No. 2, 9-1); Yucaipa (Citrus Belt No. 3, 6-4) at No. 4 seed Norco (Big VIII No. 2, 7-3); South Hills (Sierra No. 3, 5-5) at No. 3 seed Upland (Baseline No. 1, 7-3); Redlands East Valley (Citrus Belt No. 2, 5-5) at Chaparral (Southwestern No. 2, 7-3); Great Oak (Southwestern No. 3, 6-4) at Charter Oak (Sierra No. 1, 6-4); Etiwanda (Baseline No. 3, 6-4) at No. 2 seed Corona Centennial (Big VIII No. 1, 8-2).
EAST VALLEY DIVISION
Arrowhead Christian (Ambassador No. 4 at-large, 7-3) at No. 1 seed Jurupa Hills (Mountain Valley No. 1, 8-2); Shadow Hills (De Anza No. 2, 6-4) at Brethren Christian (Academy No. 2, 7-2); Twentynine Palms (De Anza No. 3, 4-6) at Santa Clara/Fillmore (Frontier No. 1, tie-break winner); Banning (Mountain Valley No. 4, at-large, 4-6) at No. 4 seed Western Christian (Ambassador No. 1, 10-0); Sage Hill (Academy No. 3, at-large, 5-5) at No. 3 Big Bear (De Anza No. 1, 8-2); Linfield Christian (Ambassador No. 2, 6-4) at Citrus Valley (Mountain Valley No. 2, 5-5); Rim of the World (Mountain Valley No. 3, 7-3) at Santa Clara/Fillmore (Frontier No. 2, tie-break loser); Ontario Christian (Ambassador No. 3, 6-4) at No 2. seed St. Margaret’s (Academy No. 1, 9-1).
It was brought to my attention by some twitter followers (@CallmeEPJ and @RyanMart12) that I had some key mistakes. Ramona got in on a coin flip ahead of La Sierra, and it was suggested CIF would avoid a rematch of San Gorgonio’s 62-0 win, but first-round rematches happen all the time. But in order to keep leagues away from each other until the semifinals, I tweaked it. I had Apple Valley in twice and another not in at all before.
Hesperia (Mojave River No. 4 at-large, 6-4) at No. 1 seed San Gorgonio (San Andreas No. 1, 10-0); Burroughs (Desert Sky No. 2, 5-5) at Tahquitz (Mountain Pass No. 2, 8-2); Rialto (San Andreas No. 3, 6-4) at Norte Vista (River Valley No. 1, 9-1); (Silverado Desert Sky No. 3, 6-4) at No. 4 seed Oak Hills (Mojave River No. 2, 9-1); Ramona (River Valley No. 3, 4-6) at No. 3 seed Citrus Hill (Mountain Pass No. 1, 9-1); Apple Valley (Mojave River No. 3 at -large, 8-2) at Victor Valley (Desert Sky No. 1, 7-3), Carter (San Andreas No. 2, 7-3) at Moreno Valley (River Valley No. 2, 8-2), Hemet (Mountain Pass No. 3, 5-5), at No. 2 seed Serrano (Mojave River No. 1, 9-1).
One of the perhaps oddest things I enjoy doing this weekend every year is try to predict what the playoff brackets will look like. As I am very tired and bleary-eyed, I am only going to attempt 1 of those tonight.
New this year is announcing the at-large teams the night before. So perhaps I can adjust this Saturday night if their at-large teams don’t match up with mine.
Anyway, here is my prediction on how the Eastern Division will look, provided I am correct in thinking the Mojave River will get both wild-cards: Apple Valley and Hesperia
La Sierra (River Valley No. 3, 3-7) at No. 1 seed San Gorgonio (San Andreas No. 1, 10-0); Apple Valley (Mojave River No. 3 at-large, 8-2) at Tahquitz (Mountain Pass No. 2, 8-2); Rialto (San Andreas No. 3, 6-4) at Norte Vista (River Valley No. 1, 9-1); Burroughs (Desert Sky No. 2, 5-5) at No. 4 seed Oak Hills (Mojave River No. 2, 9-1); Hesperia (Mojave River No. 4 at-large, 6-4) at No. 3 seed Citrus Hill (Mountain Pass No. 1, 9-1); Apple Valley (Mojave River No. 3 at-large 8-2) at Victor Valley (Desert Sky No. 1, 7-3), Carter (San Andreas No. 2, 7-3) at Moreno Valley (River Valley No. 2, 8-2), Hemet (Mountain Pass No. 3, 5-5), at No. 2 seed Serrano (Mojave River No. 1, 9-1).
Final week of the regular season, and I apologize for not making Thursday picks (By the way Victor Valley beat Silverado 13-10, Montclair beat Ontario 40-13 and Boron beat Excelsior 22-8). But I am making picks for Friday. Entering this week, I am 247-62 picking winners and have picked the winning team and winning margin exactly right 6 times.
Here we go:
Ontario Christian 38, Western Christian 35
Linfield Christian 21, Aquinas 10
Arrowhead Christian 40, Calvary Murrieta 14
Rancho Cucamonga 17, Upland 13
Los Osos 21, Etiwanda 20
Glendora 38, Alta Loma 17
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Redlands East Valley 31, Eisenhower 27
Yucaipa 21, Redlands 16
Cajon 28, Miller 6
Entering this week, there are 2 different 3-way tie breaker scenarios for Citrus Belt League football, and here’s why Yucaipa will be rooting hard for Eisenhower.
First, the coin flips have already been conducted.
So if, REV beats Ike, REV is the No 1. and if Redlands also beats Yucaipa, there is no 3-way tie. And it would be 1. REV, 2. Redlands, 3. Ike, 4. Yucaipa
But if REV and Yucaipa win, there would be a three-way tie for second with Yucaipa, Ike and Redlands.
Here are the results if that happens: 1. REV, 2. Redlands, 3. Ike, 4. Yucaipa, the same as above.
If Ike and Yucaipa win, then it would be no 3-way tie, and it would be 1. Ike, 2. REV, 3. Yucaipa, 4. Redlands.
If Ike and Redlands win, then it would be a 3-way tie for 1st, and the coin flip results would be: 1. Redlands, 2. Eisenhower, 3. REV.
So, the only way Yucaipa gets in is to win and have Eisenhower win. Thunderbirds will be rooting for Eagles, that’s for sure!
With this, the final week of the prep football regular season, I’d thought I’d take a look at the playoff scenarios in the various leagues
By Division, with each league’s guaranteed berths in parentheses
1 at-large berth available
BASELINE LEAGUE (3)
Rancho Cucamonga and Upland play, with the winner going as the No. 1, the loser going as No. 2.
Etiwanda and Los Osos play, with the winner going as the No. 3, and the loser hoping for a wild-card.
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE (3)
Redlands East Valley (5-4, 4-0) is the only team guaranteed to be in, but the Wildcats could go as a No. 1, 2 or 3. Redlands (4-5, 3-1), Eisenhower (7-2, 3-1) and Yucaipa (5-4, 2-2) are vying for the final two automatic spots. If Eisenhower beats REV and Redlands beats Yucaipa, then it’s a 3-way tie for first. All 3 get in, and coin flips would break the tie. If REV beats Ike, then Redlands would be the No. 2 and Ike the No. 3 if Redlands beats Yucaipa. But if REV and Yucaipa win, then Redlands, Ike and Yucaipa would be tied for second, requiring a tie-breaker. If Ike and Yucaipa win, then Ike goes as the No. 1, REV as the No. 2, and Yucaipa as the No. 3.
For Week 9, I went 27-7, and got one margin exactly right, giving me 6 for the year in which I’ve had the right margin and the right winner.I said Jurupa HIlls would win 28-17 and the Spartans won 31-20. It wasn’t as goot as the week before, when I missed only two games, going 26-2. I am now 247-62 for the season.
Games I missed in bold
Linfield Christian 27, Ontario Christian 20
Aquinas 17, Calvary Murrieta 7 (I incorrectly put Vista Murrieta in a previous post)
Western Christian 41, Arrowhead Christian 38
Upland 26, Etiwanda 19
Rancho Cucamonga 44, Alta Loma 7
Los Osos 27, Glendora 26
CITRUS BELT LEAGUE
Redlands East Valley 45, Redlands 7
Yucaipa 35, Cajon 14
Eisenhower 40, MIller 7