The Tribune’s clear cut No. 1 in the area isn’t ranked in its own division.
ANOTHERT DISCLAIMER: I usually don’t comment on the CIF polls because they’re pretty much a waste of time. But around this time of year, you have to start looking. You kinda wanna see what the competition in each division looks like. You want to see who the top teams, aka targets, are. I still can’t believe I’m doing this.
MY THOUGHTS: Yep, I was going over the latest CIF polls while trying to get a gauge on how some of our locals will be seeded in a few weeks. Naturally, I started with Damien first – couldn’t find ’em. The Spartans are nowhere to be found in the Inland Division rankings. Yep, they’re 5-2 and looking like a major threat to Chino Hills. But the Spartans are unranked. You see, this is why I don’t like these polls. I have the opportunity to vote in them but I don’t because I don’t want to participate in something that is faulty. I don’t want to vote on teams I don’t cover and don’t read about and frankly don’t care about. But it disturbs me that some of the playoff seedings might be based on them. Damien not being ranked is a joke, because this team has a legit shot at the semifinals.
3. Vista Murrieta
4. Chino Hills
9. Temescal Canyon
10. Rancho Cucamonga
Another division of interest is the Southwest Division. That’s where the Miramonte and San Antonio Leagues are housed, respectively. The SGV has one team, Rowland, ranked in the Top 5. The Raiders are No. 5. West Covina is No. 8 and Bonita is No. 9. Los Altos is among the others receiving votes. Charter Oak isn’t ranked. From what I hear on the streets, the top dogs in this division Mayfair, Tustin, El Dorado are very legit. We’ll see. Right now, with the way Los Altos has gone sour, West Covina is so unpredictable and South Hills can’t catch a break, I’m not confident about the SGV commanding the division. Rowland appears to be the best shot and Charter Oak could do some damage if it keep surging. I still think that WestCo and SH could put together a run. And if I were one of the top dogs and Los Altos somehow made it, I wouldn’t want to play the Conquerors in the first round.
You can see complete polls in tomorrow’s Tribune.