All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 heading into Week 9

Santa Fe has emerged as a team to fear in the Del Rio and Southeast … at least til Thurs.

1. Bishop Amat (6-1-1) — Path to postseason is real simple: Keep winning.
2. Charter Oak (7-1) — Need only avoid a stumble to capture second straight Sierra title.
3. La Mirada (7-1) — Bye week to get ready for style points game vs. Mayfair.
4. Chino Hills (5-2-1) — Which was the Huskies, vs. Amat or vs. CO?
5. La Serna (7-1) — On second thought, Santa Fe game is for Del Rio title.
6. Monrovia (6-2) — No doubt that San Marino has Monrovia’s full attention.
7. San Dimas (8-1) — Saints avenged two years of frustration vs. Covina.
8. La Salle (8-0) — Your Del Rey League champs barring a complete collapse.
9. Ayala (5-3) — Gonna have to beat South Hills to earn trip to Murrieta or Centennial.
10. San Marino (8-0) — Titans have put themselves on the doorstep of monumental season.
11. South Hills (5-3) — Huskies need to beat either Chino Hills or Ayala to go dancing.
12. Bonita (5-3) — Scare against LA makes you wonder if ‘Cats are in trouble vs. DR.
13. Rio Hondo Prep (7-1) — Showed Flintridge Prep who’s the boss in Prep League.
14. La Habra (5-3) — Can capture at least share of Freeway by beating Buena Park on Fri.
15. Santa Fe (4-4) — Handed Cal its first loss and now has shot at Del Rio title.
16. West Covina (4-4) — It’s real simple — beat Rowland or you don’t go to playoffs.
17. Muir (5-3) — Alone in 1st in Pacific, but have to beat Arcadia to clinch at least title share.
18. Rowland (7-2) — The Snyder for Coach of the Year talk really has to start.
19. Azusa (5-3) — It was a two-for-one: Spoil Gladstone’s season and get into tie for 1st.
20. Gladstone (7-1) — Gladiators should at very least still earn share of Montview crown.
21. El Monte (6-2) — Two nice tests still stand between Lions and MVL title.
22. California (7-1) — Had bubble burst before dream matchup vs. La Serna.
23. Northview (6-2) — Watch for the pass attack to get dusted off in time for San Dimas.
24. Diamond Ranch (5-3) — Roddy can still upset the apple cart in Hacienda on Friday.
25. La Puente (6-2) — Azusa beating Gladstone was music to Warriors’ ears.

Former St. Paul players Kurt Scoby, Ricky Bryant and Sebastian Bright ALL intend to enroll at Cathedral today …

Former St. Paul players Kurt Scoby, Ricky Bryant and Sebastian Bright will all enroll at Cathedral today.

The three players left St. Paul after the firing of head coach Elijah Asante just six games into the season.

Scoby, a junior running back, is the prized transfer of the group. He starred at Charter Oak last season and was on his way to another productive season at St. Paul before Asante was let go.

Bryant, a junior defensive back, and Bright, a junior C/DT, also left the school after Asante’s dismissal.

A fourth player, senior receiver Alec Dana, left St. Paul at the beginning of this week and enrolled at Rancho Cucamonga.

There’s no word on whether the players will be eligible for action this season. They need only provide a valid residential change and prove the transfer was not athletically motivated to gain eligibility, per CIF-Southern Section rules.

Cathedral is 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the Mission League. As fate would have it, the Phantoms play St. Paul tonight.

There were several rumors swirling about where Scoby would end up after he left St. Paul. According to a source, Bishop Amat was his first choice but the two sides were not able to work out a way to get him enrolled.

Cathedral emerged as a favorite early in the process, but there was also talk of Scoby ending up back at Charter Oak or possibly even Alemany or Monrovia.