Girls Volleyball Rankings

Above: Bonita wins big game over Charter Oak on Tuesday.

Girls Volleyball Top 10
1. South Hills (14-8) Huskies are closing strong
2. Los Altos (19-8) Travels to Bonita Thursday
3. Walnut (17-6) Upset Bonita last week
4. Bonita (13-3) Goes for outright league title vs. L.A.
5. Gladstone (19-9) Rolling through Montview League
6. Diamond Bar (16-10) Lost in five to St. Lucys
7. Bishop Amat (13-7) Seeks second-place finish
8. San Dimas (14-6) Saints are back on track
9. St. Lucys (11-10) On playoff bubble
10. Glendora (10-8) Needs big week
Rankings are based on matches played through Oct. 29

Comments: This was the toughest week to rank our top 10. Walnut’s upset of Bonita last week threw the rankings into a big scramble, but made it clear that the top four are separated by a slot you couldn’t slide a credit card through. But someone has to be No. 1, and this week it is streaking South Hills, which have suddenly caught fire. As for the next three positons, I decided to fall back on my theory in rankings teams, which is that a season-long resume carries more weight than a one-game happening and that a loss to a lesser-ranked team trumps a win over a higher-ranked team. So with that in mind, Los Altos, Walnut and Bonita are No. 2, No. 3 and No.4, respectively. But they could very easily be 2a, 2b and 2c. … Gladstone, which is No. 5 this week, continutes to take care of business in the Montview League, although the Gladiators dropped their first game of the league season after being pushed to four games last week in a victory over Sierra Vista. Gladstone, which is 11-0 in league play, has won 33 of 34 games in the Montview League.

On Sunday afternoon (around noon), CIF playoff brackets will be released. Click on this link above to access all the playoff pairings. Steve Ramirez will have a story in Monday’s newspaper with all the local matchups.

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Let’s rank ’em all: Tribune Super List

1. Charter Oak (6-1-1)
2. South Hills (6-2)
3. Glendora (6-2)
4. Diamond Ranch (1-7)*
5. Duarte (7-1)
6. Baldwin Park (6-2)
7. San Dimas (8-1)
8. Los Altos (5-3)
9. South El Monte (4-4)
10. Rosemead (5-3)
11. Damien (3-4-1)
12. Northview (5-3)
13. Arroyo (5-3)
14. Bonita (5-3)
15. Bishop Amat (2-6)
16. Covina (5-3)
17. La Puente (5-3)
18. West Covina (4-4)
19. Mountain View (4-3)
20. Wilson (3-4)
21. El Monte (4-3)
22. Diamond Bar (2-6)
23. Rowland (2-6)
24. Nogales (2-6)
25. Azusa (3-5)
26. Workman (2-6)
27. Gladstone (3-6)
28. Sierra Vista (2-6)
29. Walnut (1-7)
30. Western Chirstian (2-6)
31. Bassett (0-8)
* Forfeited five wins

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Sound Off: Week Nine with Robledo, Ramirez and Miller

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller, Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo and staff writer Steve Ramirez discuss five of this week’s top games. By the way, Miller does a great job following our local teams and beyond on his popular site “A Local Sports Show” … go check it out.

Thursday’s game
West Covina vs. South Hills at Covina District Field, 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s games
Ayala vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m.

Duarte at La Puente, 7 p.m.

Bonita at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.

Covina at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m.

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

Steve Ramirez and Fred J. Robledo going head-to-head throughout the season.

Robledo: Last week (17-1); Season (133-46)
Ramirez: Last week (17-1); Season (134-45)

Notes: Steve and I brought our “A” game last week. Obviously there was a reason we both picked all the same games. Our only loss was picking El Monte over Mountain View, and as you all know, the Vikes pulled off the big upset. We’re in crunch time now, only two weeks left and then playoffs. Ramirez only has a one game lead and there is a big lunch riding on this, so the pressure’s on.

Thursday’s games
West Covina vs. South Hills at Covina District Stadium — Robledo (South Hills); Ramirez (South HIlls)
Azusa vs. Bassett at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)

Friday’s games
Duarte at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Ramirez (Duarte)
Glendora vs. Ayala at Citrus College — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Notre Dame at Bishop Amat — Robledo (Notre Dame); Ramirez (Notre Dame)
Bonita at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Covina at Baldwin Park, p.m. — Robledo (Baldwin Park); Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Los Altos at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Ramirez (Los Altos)
Arroyo at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Northview vs. Pomona at Covina District Stadium — Robledo (Northview); Ramirez (Northview)
Mountain View at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SEl Monte); Ramirez (SEl Monte)
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sierra Vista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Gabrielino at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Ramirez (El Monte)
Diamond Ranch at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Diamond Ranch); Ramirez (Diamond Ranch)
Rowland at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Walnut)
San Dimas at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Chino at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Damien)
Chino Hills at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino Hills); Ramirez (Chino Hills)
Western Christian at Aquinas, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Western Christian); Ramirez (Aquinas)

Final Thoughts: Is there anything better than live television? Don’t miss the Fox Sports West telecast of South Hills vs. West Covina at the District Field on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. On paper, it looks like the Bulldogs will get blown out, but I bet they bring something special to this game. Should be a lot of fun and excitement for the valley and the San Antonio League title is on the line. Of course, two other great league title games with Glendora hosting Ayala and Duarte going to La Puente.

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Area’s best receivers

Above: South Hills’ Brandon Parham making a tough catch against Los Altos

There is room for two, and sometimes three receivers on the Tribune All-Area first team. We have a great collection of wideouts, but we’ve narrowed it to the top ten (in no particular order).

Tommy Cogburn, South El Monte — Obviously one of the most talked about entering the season. He had a slow start but has lived up to expectations of late, helping the Eagles go to 3-0 in the MVL. He has 54 receptions for 810 yards and 9 TDs.

Daniel Limon, Sierra Vista — Area’s leading receiver with 47 receptions for 1,101 yards and 9 TDs.

Brandon Parham, South Hills — Who would have thought the starting quarterback at the beginning of the season would be on this list. He has great hands and big play ability. He’s averaging 18.9 yards a catch with five touchdowns after starting at wideout in week three. Huskies are undefeated with him at receiver.

Donnie McWhirter, Western Christian — Small school consideration because his numbers are so good, 48 receptions, 1,090 yards and 13 TDS.

Andrew Romero, Wilson — I haven’t seen him, but reporters who have rave about his athleticism and catching ability. He has 39 receptions for 667 yards.

Kyle Warren, Diamond Bar — Maybe it helps when your brother is also the quarterback. But there’s no doubt he’s among the valley’s elite.

Kevin Jones, Northview — Very good playmaking receiver with 467 yards and seven touchdowns.

Mikey Harrell, Charter Oak — With 36 receptions for 386 yards and three touchdowns, he doesn’t have the numbers of the others, partly because the Chargers’ offense is so versatile. But ask anyone, and they’ll tell you he’s among valley’s elite.

Tanner Zylstra, Bonita — Marveled at Zylstra when I watched him against San Dimas. If we had a draft, I’m guessing he would be a top three pick.

Frank Lopez, Bishop Amat — If the Lancers were having a better season, there would be more talk about this guy. He has great hands, and has 27 receptions for 415 yards.

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Monday Night Football: Glendora, Duarte keep on rolling

It’s official, three championship games on Friday

Duarte (4-0) at La Puente (4-0)

Ayala (3-0) at Glendora (3-0)

Bonita (2-0) at Charter Oak (2-0)

Monday’s results
Duarte 49, Bassett 6 — The formality is over, time for the Falcons and Warriors to play for the league title.

Glendora 28, Chino 14 — Not this close, really, Tartans led 21-0 in the first quarter and coasted home. Get ready Tartans fans, you’ve got a championship game on Friday against Ayala.

Ayala 19, Chino Hills 10 — This Ayala story is amazing. To go from 0-10 to beating Damien, Chino Hills and now playing Glendora for the Sierra League title was unthinkable at the beginning of the season. And they sure do make Duarte’s only loss not that big of a deal.

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