Mid-Valley Division PLAYOFFS continue …

Aram’s current predictions for the Mid-Valley’s field of 16!

Almont League
Champ: Schurr
2nd: San Gabriel

Mission Valley League
Champ: Arroyo
2nd: Rosemead

Rio Hondo League
Champ: Monrovia
2nd: La Canada

Valle Vista League
Champ: San Dimas
2nd: Baldwin Park

Montview League
Champ: Azusa
2nd: La Puente

Olympic League
Champ: Whittier Christian
2nd: Valley Christian

At-large berths:
Covina (Valle Vista)
South Pasadena (Rio Hondo)
Maranatha (Olympic)
Wilson (Valle Vista)

Friday

San Gabriel (1-3) at Rosemead (2-1) — This one probably has more significance playoffs-wise for San Gabriel because the Mats already lose an inter-division game to South Pas earlier this fall. Rosemead is looking very strong and may be co-favored now with Arroyo in the Mission Valley League since the Knights have their star player nursing a bum ankle. It’s not likely Rosemead will need any at-large help come November, but San Gabriel fits squarely in that second-third-fourth place area of the projected Almont League standings.

Maranatha (3-1) at La Canada (2-1) — Huge game here for Maranatha and the Olympic League, because if I’m not mistaken this is the only inter-division nonleague game that the Olmypic will play this season. It’s easy to envision a scenario in which Maranatha finishes third behind Whittier and Valley Christian. If that happens, this result looms very large. La Canada can bolster its case with another inter-division win … and this would be a biggie.

Bell Gardens (1-2) at San Marino (2-1) — The Titans suffered a blow last week against Rosemead. They do own an inter-division win over Mission Valley League team Gabrielino, so getting one over an Almont League team would come in handy. Bell Gardens, after losing to Azusa, can’t afford another inter-division loss. The loser of this game will hurt its at-large cause big time, should either need it in November.

Alhambra (2-2) at South Pasadena (3-0) — The wins over Glendale and Hoover are nice, but South Pas needs more on its Mid Valley resume. So the Tigers can really boost their at-large portfolio by beating Alhambra. The Moors are in the same position, but a little more desperate because they already have an inter-division loss to a Rio Hondo League team La Canada. They can’t afford another or else they’ll have one weak case if they’re bidding for an at-large against either South Pas or LC come November.

El Monte (1-2) at Wilson (2-1)
— It’s desperation time for the Lions. With inter-division losses already to Covina and La Puente, El Monte had better plan on finishing second in the Mission Valley League if it wants to go dancing … IF the Lions lose to Wilson. Three inter-division losses, two to teams from the same league, would be bad news. For Wilson, the ‘Cats already own an inter-division win over La Puente and could use a win over a Mission Valley League team to butter up the resume. Wilson could very well be either third or fourth in the VVL, so the Wildcats had better take care of business formula-wise.

Temple City (0-3) at South El Monte (1-2)
— The Eagles have to inter-division losses to Valle Vista League teams. They have an inter-division win over Workman (Montview). They could do themselves, and the Mission Valley League, a favor by getting a win over Temple City (Rio Hondo). Two inter-division wins and two inter-division losses ain’t so bad. Temple City is on life support with two inter-division losses already. The Rams badly a need win in this spot on Friday. While nobody thinks TC can finish 1-2 in the Rio Hondo, finishing third isn’t completely out of the question. Crazier things have happened, so the Rams better bolster their formula points by beating SEM.

Quote of the day …

Bonita coach Eric Podley in response to my idiotic question of “Who do you guys have this week?”:

“We play Bye High School, and we usually beat them.”

Aram’s take: I’ve been in a haze ever since I saw Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps on Friday. Long story short, I waited years for that and ended up walking out of the theater a little over half-way through.

Charter Oak awaiting further tests on QB Santiago; Thropay to start vs. Santa Fe …

There’s no timetable for Charter Oak junior quarterback Travis Santiago’s return to action because there’s still no official diagnosis.

Santiago injured his ankle on the second-to-last play in Charter Oak’s loss to Rancho Cucamonga last Friday. The team’s doctor believed he broke it, but an emergency room doctor said there was break, but there could be a hairline fracture.

Santiago will have further tests this week. Meanwhile, senior Josiah Thropay will start vs. Santa Fe on Friday. Charter Oak has a bye the following week and then opens Sierra League play with Ayala, which is currently undefeated.

All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 going into Week 4 …


Azusa cracks the top 10! Azusa cracks the top 10!

1. Bishop Amat (4-0) – Nine comes alive just in time for Wallace G’s return.
2. St. Francis (3-0) – Amat No. 1, the Knights No. 2 … you thinking what I am?
3. Chino Hills (3-1) – Who the hell put Pomona on the schedule?
4. Bonita (4-0) – Getting better and healthier at the perfect time.
5. La Habra (2-2) – It’s all downhill soon for the Highlanders.
6. Ayala (4-0) – Freddie still isn’t convinced … will he be some day?
7. West Covina (3-1) – Do you trust ‘Dogs to not have a brain fart in league?
8. Glendora (3-1) – Second half vs. WestCo showed how special Chad Jeffries is.
9. Whittier Christian (4-0) – Heralds can take their rightful place a Mid-Valley favorite.
10. Azusa (3-0) – I warned you last week that this day would come.
11. Claremont (3-1) – Knocked Rowland from the ranks of the unbeaten.
12. CHARTER OAK (2-2) – Dennis Rufus in the wildcat, anybody?
13. San Dimas (2-2) – When Miggy, Aram and Fred are on the same side … RUN!
14. Rowland (3-1) – Hard to knock the Raiders for solid game vs. Claremont
15. Cantwell (3-0) – Giving up 46 vs. Bell Gardens is hard to understand
16. Diamond Bar (4-0) – Bracing for biggest game in years vs. D-Ranch. See you there!
17. Walnut (2-1) – Big win over Covina thanks to man-child Aubrey Coleman
18. Damien (2-1) – Was Amat performance the truth or an aberration?
19. Monrovia (1-2) – OK, San Dimas is officially in M-Town’s heads.
20. La Serna (3-1) – Can’t argue with big win over La Mirada.
21. Arroyo (3-1) – Being down your best player doesn’t work against Hart.
22. South Hills (1-2) – With all due respect, it’s time for SH to soften the nonleague sked.
23. Muir (1-2) – Pacific may come down to Friday’s game with Burbank
24. Covina (3-1) – Colts didn’t disappoint the “they got lucky vs. WestCo” believers.
25. El Rancho (3-1) – Anything’s possible in the Del Rio, so why not ER?

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Remember back in 2007 when I posted this video of a phenom kid from Los Alamitos? …

Here’s the post from 2007 back when Fred’s blog was my blog. This kid was nicknamed “The White Reggie Bush” and he was a Pop Warner freak in Los Alamitos. Well, now he’s a junior at Los Alamitos. He’s got 16 carries for 99 yards and one catch for 33 yards. Interesting.

Here’s the video from back then … pardon the soundtrack, but like most of the hip-hop these days it doesn’t hold up worth a crap. But hey, not everybody can be The DOC.

I’m still wondering about Monrovia’s mental make up …

Here’s a comment I made back in summer when Monrovia lost to Azusa in the SGV Shootout passing tournament. The ‘Cats did things that afternoon that baffled me and in the course of conversation I said the following:

When a team does what Monrovia did last year (go 13-0 into the final game) and loses when the big cheese is on the line, red flags go up in my head. I wonder not about talent, but mental make up. I went to that tournament wanting to look at certain things from certain teams. Mental make up was what I watching with M-Town, and I didn’t like what I saw and believe me, I’m not alone.

I bring this up because it needs to be brought up after the ‘Cats bricked it against San Dimas on Friday in a 35-34 OT loss to San Dimas. This was supposed to be the big revenge game for Monrovia … and they were well on their way when, guess what, they couldn’t finish it MENTALLY. I’m baffled. This is the probably the best team in the Mid-Valley Division, but if you didn’t believe in summer, you surely believe me now. Monrovia had everything set up for it make a statement on Friday, and it didn’t happen.

Will they win the Mid-Valley Division? I don’t know … I think they’re the best team, but can you trust them?

Mid-Valley Division PLAYOFFS continue this week …

But first, Aram’s predictions for the top two in each league and the subsequent at-large berths.

Almont League
Champ: Schurr
2nd: San Gabriel

Mission Valley League
Champ: Arroyo
2nd: Rosemead

Rio Hondo League
Champ: Monrovia
2nd: La Canada

Valle Vista League
Champ: Baldwin Park
2nd: San Dimas

Montview League
Champ: Azusa
2nd: Workman

Olympic League
Champ: Valley Christian
2nd: Whittier Christian

At-large berths:
Covina (Valle Vista)
San Marino (Rio Hondo)
La Puente (Montview)
Wilson (Valle Vista)

Thursday

Gabrielino (2-1) vs. Azusa (2-0), at Citrus College — This is a pretty big game for Gabrielino, not so much for Azusa. If the Eagles can somehow pull the stunner, they’d probably need only finish third in the Mission Valley League and then pray San Marino doesn’t also finish third in the Rio Hondo League. For Azusa, this game is merely about posturing. The Aztecs want to be the No. 1-overall seed and will be just that if they go 10-0. But they also want the Montview League to be considered one of the division’s best leagues.

El Monte (0-2) vs. Gladstone (0-2), at San Dimas HS — Both teams aren’t looking like playoff-caliber entities right now, but you never know what could happen in league. It’s not out of the realm that either or both teams finish third in their respective league, in which case the winner of this game will have the edge.

Friday

Rosemead (1-1) at San Marino (2-0) – This is probably the biggest inter-division game of the week in terms of playoff implications. With standout RB Kwame Do lost for the season, San Marino looks like a better bet to be third in the Rio Hondo League, rather than second. Rosemead is very likely to be 1-2 in the Mission Valley League. But since anything can and will happen, there are scenarios where one or both teams will need some at-large formula love to get into the dance. Both coaches know this and it will be a playoff-like focus on Friday. This game is also a rematch of last year’s first-round game in which San Marino ran over Rosemead.

Monrovia (1-1) at San Dimas (1-2) – Yes, this is a rematch of the division’s championship game. Yes, it’s the most sexiest matchup of the week. But in terms of playoff implications, there probably isn’t much to this outcome. Monrovia looks like a cinch to win the Rio Hondo League. San Dimas, in most people’s eyes, won’t be any worse than second in the Valle Vista League. So you can probably pencil in both teams to the playoff bracket right now. In that case, this game is simply for posturing. Nothing wrong with that at all.

South El Monte (1-1) at Nogales (0-3) — Big game for the Nobles. They might be 0-3, but they haven’t played an inter-division game yet. A win over South El Monte would do wonders for them formula-wise. If you consider that Nogales plays in what most fans agree is the strongest league in the division (Valle Vista), then you’ll agree that will be a factor working in its favor come November … but the Nobles have to do the rest, i.e. finish third or better in league, AND make sure they have some wins over other teams that stand a good chance to also finish third in their respective leagues. For South El Monte, the Eagles need to pick up as many inter-division wins as possible. They got started on that last week by downing Workman. A win over a Valle Vista team would certainly help their personal power ranking and the Mission Valley League’s as well.