2011 Schedules: Northview Vikings …

Week 0: Franklin
Week 1: at El Rancho
Week 2: La Puente
Week 3: at Chino
Week 4: at Baldwin Park
Week 5: Pomona
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: Wilson
Week 8: at Nogales
Week 9: San Dimas
Week 10: Covina

Aram’s take: Northview is one of those teams that if you wanted to sell me on them being a playoff contender, I’d listen. And if you wanted to say they’re an also-ran, I’d listen to that, too. Basically, what I’m saying is that I’m very interested in seeing the Vikes this summer to get a feel for how many athletes they have. Year 2 of the Marcel Perez Era should see improvement as is usually the case in Year 2 of any new regime. Perez scored when he picked up former Monrovia head coach and Damien assistant Steve Garrison as one of his assistants. I keep going back to last August when I merely drove by Northview on the way to the office and was pretty impressed by my look-through-the-fence view. Anyway, the Vikes went 3-7 last year with all the three wins coming in league. They only lost to Covina by a count of 14-11, but were blanked by San Dimas, 43-0. See what I’m saying about people being able to sell me either way with this team? Outside of Covina, and I guess Pomona, the Valle Vista League won’t be as strong this year. I cannot put Northview in the top two right now, which means in my mind’s eye they have to earn an at-large to be dancing in Noviembre. Opening league with BP and Pomona in back-to-back weeks will tell us all we need to know. If the Vikes can win both or manage a split, that should make the final two games against San Dimas and Covina very interesting. I will call for 5-5 … for now.

  • X’s and O’s

    Coach Perez is an intense man who is having is boys work very hard. I wouldn’t be surprised if they beat some of the top teams in the VVL. The fact that he picked up Garrison just goes to show that Perez knows what he is doing. Northview always seems to have some sleepers on their roster as well.

    VVL should be very competitive this year especially with Pomona on the rise. Covina is obviously the favorite but don’t ever count out San Dimas and Baldwin Park. They both have tough kids and two of the better coaches in the valley in Zernickow and Heggins. Don’t forget that SD won CIF two years ago with a team that played a ton of sophomores (who will be seniors this year) and went farther than any other VVL team in the playoffs last season.

  • VVL

    X’s and O’s,

    Your assessment of the VVL is very similar to mine. I see Covina, San Dimas, and Pomona making the playoffs. Covina will once again fall short, two reasons, coaching and match up issues with the teams that play physical type game like Whittier Christian. That is why Pomona and San Dimas will cause major issues for this Covina team. I give Rice and Pomona the edge with the coaching and ability to draw top talent into his programs as he proved over at Colony.

    I agree with one aspect of your assessment of Northview. Coach Perez did a great job with the talent that he had. I see Northview with two more league losses next season. Wilson went from the worse to the best coaching staff in the VVL and Pomona went from average talent to the most talented team in the VVL. Those look like two more L’s next season for Northview. The Baldwin Park game could be a win, just dont see them playing at the same level next season.

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