NEW! All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 …

1. Bishop Amat (5-3) — Lancers put it together, Mission League pays.
2. St. Francis (7-0) — Heading toward a historic season.
3. Chino Hills (5-2) — League title hopes took hit with Upland loss.
4. La Mirada (6-1) — Back in action vs. Mayfair after bye week.
5. Glendora (6-1) — Nobody can keep up with QB Fink and that’s that.
6. Monrovia (6-1) — Tuning up for big playoff run.
7. West Covina (5-2) — Won’t fly under radar for long.
8. El Rancho (5-2) — Not mentioned among top Southeast contenders (yet).
9. La Serna (5-2) — Needed late heroics to edge rival Cal.
10. Northview (6-1) — Where do Vikes rate in Mid-Valley picture?
11. Ayala (5-2) — Ran into Glendora freight train.
12. Muir (4-3) — First place in Pacific on line vs. CV on Friday.
13. La Habra (4-3) — Manufactured drama vs. Sunny Hills on Fri.
14. Diamond Ranch (5-2) — Part of Hacienda grab bag.
15. Maranatha (8-0) — Heritage Chr. could be interesting battle.
16. Claremont (5-2) — Hanging tough in Palomares.
17. California (4-3) — Proved lots in loss to La Serna.
18. San Marino (5-2) — Gave rival South Pas a dose of reality.
19. Pomona (3-4) — Set to knock off city rivals next two weeks.
20. Bonita (4-3) — Odd twist losing to South Hills.
21. San Dimas (4-3) — Bounced back vs. Nogales.
22. Cantwell (6-1) — Strength of sked is weak, but wins are wins.
23. Los Altos (3-4) — Right back in Hacienda race.
24. Charter Oak (3-4) — Wilting a bit at the wrong time.
25. La Canada (6-1) — Here come the big tests.

Arroyo forfeits three nonleague wins due to ineligible player …

Arroyo has forfeited nonleague wins over Temple City, Montebello and Rowland after self reporting to CIF that it had an ineligible player in violation of Southern Section transfer rules.

The player was used solely on special teams and the incident probably never would have been known about if the school had not informed CIF of the situation, according to Knights coach Jim Singiser.

“I’d be a hypocrite if I was expressing to the kids that it’s okay to do things so long as you don’t get caught,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said. “And that’s basically what I would have done if I hadn’t reported it. But is that really what I want our kids to learn?

“The chances of anybody knowing about it were negligible. This was a kid who had no impact on any of the games, he’s not the kicker and he’s not the return man.”

The forfeits make Arroyo’s record go from 4-3 to 1-6. The Knights are 1-2 in Mission Valley League play and are on a bye this week before returning to action Oct. 24 against Gabrielino. The game will be a must-win for Arroyo as it fights for its playoff life. The Knights have a 30-year streak of making the postseason.

NEW! All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 … Entering Week 7

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1. Chino Hills (5-1) — Beat Upland, and Baseline is theirs?
2. Bishop Amat (4-3)Can’t wait to see My Lancers on Fri.
3. St. Francis (6-0) — Thought H-W would fall easier.
4. La Mirada (6-1) — Take a rest Mats, you’ve earned it.
5. Glendora (5-1) — Looking like clear Central favorites.
6. Monrovia (5-1) — Reiterating: Cats know how to win close ones.
7. Ayala (5-1) — Hoping to cool off Glendora.
8. Charter Oak (3-3) — Chargers starting to make their run.
9. West Covina (4-2) — Still a bit of a mystery.
10. El Rancho (4-2) — From unranked to No. 10. Yep.
11. Northview (5-1) — Last Friday had to feel good.
12. La Serna (4-2) — Remember, El Rancho is dangerous.
13. Diamond Ranch (4-2) — Need to bounce back vs. Walnut.
14. Muir (3-3) — Scary and putting it together rapidly.
15. Maranatha (7-0) — 10-0 looking more and more likely.
16. Damien (3-3) — Must-win vs. Etiwanda on Friday.
17. La Habra (3-3) — Huge win over Buena Park.
18. Bonita (4-2) — Got cooled off by Tarty.
19. Pomona (3-4) — Should start to pile up the wins.
20. San Dimas (3-3) — Season taking a strange turn.
21. Claremont (4-2) — Ran into Ayala buzzsaw.
22. California (4-2) — Can they knock off LS, too?
23. San Marino (4-2) — Titans proved lots in M-Town loss.
24. La Canada (5-1) — Can’t argue with that record.
25. St. Paul (4-2) — Huge win over La Salle.

Things have gotten scary bad in the Almont League …. Combined record of 4-26!!!

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The best way to sum up the Almont League is by saying somebody’s gotta win it.

With league play set to start this Friday, the Almont League is bringing one of the worst across-the-board resumes to the table in quite some time.

No team in the Almont League has won more than one game. The combined record of the league is 4-26. Two teams, Bell Gardens and Montebello, are winless.

At the start of the season, Montebello was most people’s favorite. The Oilers have played a very tough nonleague schedule, but are averaging just 8.8 points per game. Perhaps they’ll show signs of life now that they’re back in against familiar faces.

Schurr has had some nice moments against a difficult nonleague schedule. That might be enough to consider the Spartans the team to beat. Schurr hosts Montebello on Friday in one of the area’s biggest rivalry games.

NEW! All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 entering Week 6 …

1. Chino Hills (4-1) — Slight favorites to win Baseline.
2. St. Francis (5-0) — Defense deserves tons of credit, too.
3. La Mirada (5-1) — So much for (previously) undefeated Bellflower.
4. Bishop Amat (3-3) — Playoff/league title hopes alive after Serra win.
5. Glendora (4-1) — Getting better and better. Scarier and scarier.
6. Monrovia (4-1) — San Marino comes calling in RHL opener.
7. La Serna (4-1) — Get The Ranch in sexy Del Rio opener.
8. Ayala (4-1) — Forgotten team in the Central.
9. Charter Oak (2-3) — If any team needed a bye, it was CO.
10. Diamond Ranch (4-1) — Dangerous as ever.
11. Bonita (4-1) — Riding Verdugo is a good thing.
12. San Dimas (3-2) — Brought down to earth by Bonita.
13. Damien (3-2) — Thought Sparty was putting it together.
14. Maranatha (6-0) — Will Bogan go 10-0 in first season?
15. Northview (4-1) — Gets San Dimas challenge to start league.
16. West Covina (3-2) — Where do Dogs fit in the Hacienda?
17. Claremont (4-1) — This team arrived a year early.
18. La Habra (2-3) — Freeway League could be interesting.
19. Pomona (3-3) — Things should get real good, real soon.
20. La Salle (3-2) — St. Paul in league opener is doable.
21. Los Altos (2-3) — Shown quality, need wins now.
22. Diamond Bar (3-2) — Better ride Noodles in league, or else.
23. California (3-2) — Ready to ride offense in league play.
24. San Marino (4-1) — Are Titans ready to topple M-Town?
25. Whittier (3-2) — Where do Cards fit in Del Rio?