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.
Tyler Hockenhull was one of WestCo’s biggest weapons.
West Covina coach Mike Maggiore confirmed Monday that running back/receiver/defensive back Tyler Hockenhull has been dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons. Hockenhull has missed time this season due to suspensions. Sophomore Demond Wallace has also missed time due to suspensions and injury, but he’s expected to rejoin the team in an undefined capacity.
CAUTION: What you are about to read is Aram Tolegian’s opinion and little disclaimers like this are now necessary (by my choosing) due to the many sensitive eyes we have on this site.
Aram’s opinion: But first, please read the disclaimer above before getting upset.
Aram’s opinion Take II: Now that you’ve read the disclaimers above, you’re probably ready for some opinion on this matter. Here goes: West Covina is experiencing the season that never was. The SGV can only hope that the talented seniors who remain i.e. Shaun Rosenthal, Nick Field, George Munoz and William Wallace (among others) can get things together and put together a run in the San Antonio League and CIF playoffs. This would’ve been a very good team had everything clicked. Clearly, it has not. But there’s still time. It should be remembered that West Covina started league 0-2 in 2004 and came back to win CIF. The players, coaches and most importantly the Bulldogs’ fans are getting gypped out of what should’ve been a banner year. WestCo has some of the grittiest players in the Valley i.e. Field, Rosenthal and Will Wallace … they deserve better.
Put on detention a few weeks ago and left for dead, CO is surging back into the spotlight.
Remember back when Charter Oak started the season as the No. 2 team in the SGV Tribune rankings? Well, they fell out of flavor for a while but the Chargers have spent the past three weeks beating Claremont, West Covina and Los Altos. Lou and The Boys are looking like the team to beat in the Miramonte League and might have a big say in the Southwest Division playoffs.
Who are the other teams that are surging right now?
South El Monte?
Jeff Chavez … Mark Mendrun … Mike McDonough … What about Philip Chase?
Mission Valley League
South El Monte 20, Arroyo 14 (I was there. This game got good in the fourth quarter).
Rosemead 40, Gabrielino 7
Gladstone 21, La Puente 7
Valle Vista League
Northview 40, San Dimas 30 (say what?)
Covina 56, Ganesha 0
San Antonio League
Rowland 24, South Hills 14 (The Raiders got their statement game win)
West Covina 26, Nogales 14
Charter Oak 13, Los Altos (Something is defintitely wrong at LA; and something is definitely not at CO)
Bishop Amat 10, Chaminade 7
Walnut 21, Bonita 14 (SHOCKER!!!)
Rowland High School standout running back Rene Small has reportedly been suspended for Friday’s game against South Hills due to disciplinary reasons.
According to an unamed source, the move was allegedly met with resistence by Small’s teammates, who urged coaches to wait a week. When coaches refused, the players reportedly took a knee in a practice this week as a sign of protest.
First-year Rowland coach Craig Snyder declined comment on the matter, saying only that the issue was an “in-house thing.”
Small’s absence would be a big blow to the Raiders’ chances in one of the biggest games of the season. The senior is Rowland’s leading rusher with 466 yards and nine touchdowns