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This week’s game are:
Los Altos at Bonita
Diamond Ranch at Charter Oak
West Covina at Walnut
San Dimas at Covina
Northview at Baldwin Park

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Damien still unranked …

No. 12, as in Danny Pertusati or as in where Damien ranks in the Inland Division?

Latest Inland Division Top 10
1 Centennial(Corona)
2 Vista Murrieta
3 Corona
4 Chino Hills
5 Redlands
6 Norco
7 Upland
8 Temescal Canyon
9 Chaparral
10T Carter
10T Temecula Vly
Other Rancho Cucamonga

Aram thoughts: Here’s my problem with this. Lets say that Damien beats current No. 4 Chino Hills next week, the Spartans will obviously join the rankings, but where? If Chino Hills wins, you can bet your mortgage payment the Huskies will be one of the Top 4 seeds in the playoffs. But what about Damien? Will the Spartans go from unranked to being one of the Top 4 seeds in a matter of a week? That’s probably not going to happen. Considering how tough this division looks, it would be a great advantage to be a Top 4 seed and it doesn’t look like Damien will be that, even with a win. That means the road to the finals won’t be as easy as it should be. What stuns me is that Rancho Cucamonga is the “other receiving votes” not Damien. Not good for the Spartans. Why take the long road when you can take the scenic route?

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The numbers favor the Huskies …

The handwriting was on the wall about Chino Hills property values, and you did nothing.

Here are the latest power ratings. These are from … laugh all you want, but at this time of year, I actually put some stock into these digits.

SGV Top 10
1. Chino Hills 29.2
2. Damien 25.2
3. Bishop Amat 22.6
4. Glendora 22.2
5. Rowland 18.1
6. Covina 17.8
7. Charter Oak 17.4
8. Diamond Ranch 14.6
9. Los Altos 14.1
10. South Hills 11.6

Top 5 divisions in the Southern Section
1. Pac-5 (D-1) 25.9
2. Inland (D-2) 17.7 (home of the Sierra League)
3. Northern (D-4) 12.8 (Bolstered by St. Bonnies)
4. Western (D-3) 9.8
5. Southwest (D-6) 9.7 (home of the Miramonte and San Antonio Leagues)

League ratings within the Southwest Division
1. Century 20.7
2. Sea View 15.1
3. Miramonte 11.1
4. San Antonio 2.5
5. Suburban 0.0

Aram’s thoughts: There’s a very real possibility that if Rowland wins out and Los Altos is the No. 3 team in the Miramonte League, those two teams could meet in the first round. Think of it, the Battle of the 60-Freeway. I tell you what – I’d spend that entire Friday in the ‘Heights. First, I’d visit my grandmother’s grave in Rowland Heights, then I’d wack out some dim sum for lunch and then a little Sam Woo right before the game. Why do I get the feeling that nobody does the SGV as well as I do? Anyway, it’s obvious the Miramonte and SAL teams are going to be substantial underdogs in the playoffs to Century and Sea View League powers. But that’s OK. Speaking of the Southwest Division … no surprise it’s one of the toughest in SoCal. Ahh, the old D-6 is going to be a throwdown. Come on SGV ballers, somebody get me to Home Depot Center!

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75,328 hits this month!!!

Kids, sit down! Save your applause for the 100,000-hit month. It’s coming.

NUMBERS DIGESTION: Some people in our ownership group have accused me of having a big family. Nope, believe me that’s not it. It’s just that the SGV prep sports fans are the best around. I can remember when I used to wonder about when this site would reach 100,000 hits, total. Now, it’s not a wild monthly goal. This blog gets considerably more hits month after month. September had around 57,000 hits. We have almost 20,000 more this month. If this keeps up, maybe we’ll do 100,000 hits in a month. Anyway, like I’ve said before, this is great exposure for our area athletes and it’s good for killing time while at work. How can you lose?

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Interesting L.A. Times article about separating public and private schools …

This is by the L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer. And it’s also available on their prep sports site.

Call it a public-vs.-private schools feud that is simmering, if not starting to boil.

It has come to the point that Newhall Hart Coach Mike Herrington, a member of the Southern Section football advisory committee and someone respected for his calm, clear thinking, says he’s ready to propose that the Southern Section create separate playoff divisions for public and private schools.

“The equality is not there,” Herrington said of the current alignment.

Front and center in the debate are Westlake Village Oaks Christian and Ventura St. Bonaventure, private schools that were placed with public schools in the Tri-Valley and Channel leagues, respectively, and aren’t just winning but wiping out the competition.

In Ventura County, the public school coaches are fed up. And now Herrington, after four consecutive losses to St. Bonaventure in nonleague games, is wondering if the unlimited attendance boundaries enjoyed by private schools is too great an advantage to overcome.

Herrington said that as media coverage has expanded because of television and the Internet, private schools have gained added exposure.

“They are more visible than ever and kids say, ‘I want to go there,’ and they can,” he said. “There might be a kid in Ventura County say, ‘I want to go to Canyon,’ but they can’t unless they move.”

Public schools were given a brief boost when the state legislature passed the open-enrollment law that took effect beginning with the 1994-95 school year. It allows students to attend any public school within their school district, regardless of where they live as long as there is room.

And that’s the problem today. Open enrollment has fallen to a trickle in many districts because of space limitations.

That leaves an unequal playing field, at public and private schools. In the Los Angeles Unified School District, high schools that still have open enrollment slots continue to attract athletes for top programs, such as Chatsworth in baseball, Woodland Hills Taft in basketball and Lake Balboa Birmingham in football. Other schools that want to offer open enrollment spots can’t because they’re overcrowded.

Private schools have complained that they are at a disadvantage because they charge tuition, but financial aid, or “scholarships,” as coaches like to say, have become commonplace.

Bill Redell, football coach at Oaks Christian, has grown frustrated with the continuing criticism of his program and said he would support a separate playoff division for private schools.

“It might be a good idea,” he said. “Then you’d quit all this controversy about us taking all their players.”

Setting up such separate playoff divisions would be such a complicated task, its chances of happening are improbable, Westlake Village Westlake football Coach Jim Benkert said.

Benkert tried to come up with a plan last year but abandoned the idea because, “I could never get it to the point where I could answer all the questions.”

In Honolulu, there are separate football leagues and playoffs for public and private schools before they join for a Hawaii state championship tournament. But there are 28 public and 26 private high schools on Oahu compared to 360 public and 204 private high schools in the Southern Section.

In Chicago, there’s a public school league and a Catholic school league, and the top football teams from each, if they are not involved in the state playoffs, play each other at Soldier Field at the end of the season. .

Whether this issue is important enough to attract interest from many schools in the Southern Section remains to be seen.

Thom Simmons, a Southern Section administrator, said, “No coach has called me, ‘Thom, there’s a problem with public versus private schools.’ ”

That may be because many coaches have given up hope that something can be done. Or, for some, the problem was temporarily resolved during the last go-round or league realignment, when many private schools were grouped in the same leagues.

What’s certain is, if someone as respected as Herrington has concluded there’s a disparity problem, others are sure to agree.

In December, six football teams will be invited to participate in the first CIF state bowl games. If the majority of the teams playing in the three games are from private schools, that “will probably fuel the debate,” said Marie Ishida, CIF executive director.

The animosity level is rising among coaches and parents, and this issue can’t be ignored.

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