Steve Ramirez and Fred J. Robledo going head-to-head throughout the season.
Robledo: Last week (13-4); Season (163-52)
Ramirez: Last week (12-5); Season (162-53)
Notes: I rallied in week ten to claim the regular season title from Ramirez. It will probably never be that close again, one game separating over 200 games to choose from. We both missed Bonita over Los Altos, Damien over Chino Hills, Bishop Amat over Loyola and Bassett over Workman. We knew going in we only picked one game differently, and he chose Baldwin Park and I took Northview, and the Vikes pulled it out for me. I don’t know how much of a reward that was for the Vikes, though, they lost the coin flip and now take on top-ranked Morro Bay (10-0) in the first round. Well, finally, the playoffs are here, as well as our first-round predictions.
Friday’s first-round games
Upland (7-3) vs. Glendora (8-2) at Citrus College, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Damien (5-4-1) at A.B. Miller (9-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (A.B. Miller); Ramirez (A.B. Miller)
Ayala (7-3) at Norco (8-2), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Norco); Ramirez (Norco)
Sierra Vista (3-7) at Paraclete (10-0), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Ramirez (Paraclete)
Temple City (4-6) at La Puente (7-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (Temple City)
Cerritos Valley Christian (5-5) at Duarte (8-2), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Ramirez (Duarte)
Azusa (4-6) at La Salle (5-5), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Ramirez (La Salle)
Northview (7-3) at Morro Bay (10-0), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Morro Bay); Ramirez (Morro Bay)
Compton Centennial (5-5) at Baldwin Park (7-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Ramirez (BPark)
Oaks Christian (7-3) at San Dimas (9-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Oaks Christian); Ramirez (Oaks Christian)
Sonora (5-4) at South El Monte (6-4), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (SEl Monte); Ramirez (SEl Monte)
Arroyo (6-4) at Fullerton (6-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Fullerton); Ramirez (Fullerton)
Rosemead (7-3) at Schurr (6-4), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Ramirez (Schurr)
Rowland (3-7) at El Dorado (9-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (El Dorado); Ramirez (El Dorado)
La Mirada (4-6) vs. South Hills at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Ramirez (SHills)
Bonita (6-4) at Foothill (8-2), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Foothill); Ramirez (Foothill)
Wilson (5-5) at Mayfair (7-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Mayfair); Ramirez (Wilson)
West Covina (5-5) at Anaheim Canyon (8-2), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Canyon); Ramirez (Canyon)
Norwalk (5-5) at Charter Oak (8-1-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Ramirez (COak)
Guaranteed first-round winners: Charter Oak, South Hills, South El Monte, and Duarte will all make it to the second round, don’t think about it twice.
Guaranteed first-round losers:: Rowland, Damien, Sierra Vista, Azusa, San Dimas, Northview have way to tall a hill to climb. Unfortunately, it’s one and done.
Best chances for upset: West Covina, Wilson, Bonita.
I will be at the CIF pairings on Sunday at the offices in Los Alamitos. Hopefuly, I will have all your local pairings up Sunday night. But don’t wait, CIF will release the bracket sheets from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and you can access them by clicking on this link.
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. El Dorado, 2. Charter Oak, 3. Trabuco Hills, 4. South HIlls
Top Half: Rowland (3-7) at El Dorado (9-1); El Toro (5-5) at Bellflower (7-3); Bonita (6-4) at Foothill (8-2); La Mirada (4-6) at South Hills (8-2).
Bottom Half: Brea Olinda (5-5) at Trabuco Hills (9-1); Wilson 5-5) at Mayfair (7-3); West Covina (5-5) at Anaheim Canyon (8-2); Norwalk (5-5) at Charter Oak (8-1-1).
Fred’s thoughts: Just what you expected with Charter Oak getting No. 2 and South Hills No. 4. Love the potential second round matchups of South Hills-Bonita or Charter Oak-West Covina, but when it all comes down to it, the top four seeds are legit and it should play out that way until the semifinals.
Final Four prediction: El Dorado, South Hills, Trabuco Hills, Charter Oak
Championship prediction: Charter Oak over El Dorado
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. Corona Centennial, 2. Vista Murrieta, 3. Redlands East Valley, 4. A.B. Miller
Top Half: Carter (4-6) at Corona Centennial (9-1); Upland (7-3) at Glendora (8-2); Los Osos (8-2) at Chaparral (7-3); Damien (5-4-1) at A.B. Miller (9-1)
Bottom Half: Murrieta Valley (6-4) at Redlands East Valley (10-0); Ayala (7-3) at Norco (8-2); Corona Santiago (5-4) at Etiwanda (6-4); Yucaipa (7-3) at Vista Murrieta (10-0).
Fred’s thoughts: The Sierra League has it tough across the board. Glendora opens with a difficult Upland team, and then could meet top-ranked Centennial in the quarterfinals. Damien has a tough opener against No. 4 A.B. Biller, and Ayala is on the road against Norco, an 8-2 team. Maybe Glendora gets past the first round, but don’t expect any of the Sierra League teams to be playing the following week.
Final Four prediction: Corona Centennial, Los Osos, Redlands East Valley, Vista Murrieta
Championship prediction: Redlands East Valley over Los Osos
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. Paraclete, 2. Santa Clara, 3. Blair, 4. Bishop Diego
Top Half: Sierra Vista (3-7) at Paraclete (10-0); Monrovia (5-5) at Cantwell Sacred Heart (7-3); Temple City (4-6) at La Puente (7-3); Mary Star (5-5) at Bishop Diego (8-2)
Bottom Half: Malibu (5-4) at Blair (8-1); Cerritos Valley Christian (5-5) at Duarte (8-2); Azusa (4-6) at La Salle (5-5); Village Christian (2-8) at Santa Clara (7-1-1)
Fred’s thoughts: All these coaches at the pairings draw felt they had a good shot, and why not, it’s wide open. I like the potential of Duarte and Blair meeting in the second round. And there’s a great first-round game of Temple City at La Puente. I keep hearing that Monrovia, at 5-5, is the sleeper because of how well it played at the end of the year, but when all is settled, this is my final four prediction: Paraclete, Bishop Diego, Duarte, Santa Clara.
Final Four prediction: Paraclete, Bishop Diego, Duarte, La Salle
Championship prediction: Duarte over Paraclete
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. Morro Bay, 2. Serra, 3. Torrance, 4. Nordoff
Top Half: Northview (7-3) at Morro Bay (10-0); North Torrance (4-6) at St. Bernard (6-4); Compton Centennial (5-5) at Baldwin Park (7-3); Nipomo (5-5) at Nordoff (6-3-1).
Bottom Half: Harvard-Westlake (7-3) at Torrance (7-3); Santa Maria St. Joseph (7-3) at Oak Park (7-3); Oaks Christian (7-3) at San Dimas (9-1); Pioneer Valley (6-4) at Serra (9-1).
Fred’s thoughts: Let’s face it, the Valle Vista league took one on the chin. The CIF people basically felt this was the worst league in the division. How else do you explain Northview, at 7-3, having to face top-ranked Morro Bay in the first round. Or San Dimas, at 9-1, facing Oaks Christian, who defeated Diamond Ranch earlier this year and is still mighty tough even without Jimmy Clausen. Baldwin Park has a winnable draw facing Compton Centennial in their opener at home. But boy, after a three-way tie in the Valle Vista, winning that coin flip was important and the Braves got it.
Final Four prediction: Morro Bay, Nordoff, Oak Park, Oaks Christian
Championship prediction: Oaks Christian over Morro Bay
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. San Gabriel, 2. Westminster, 3. Fullerton, 4. California
Top Half: Santa Fe (5-5) at San Gabriel (8-2); Ocean View (7-3) at La Habra (9-0); Sonoro (5-4) at South El Monte (6-4); Santa Ana (5-5) at California (9-1).
Bottom Half: Arroyo (6-4) at Fullerton (6-3); Alhambra (7-3) at La Serna (7-3); Rosemead (7-3) at Schurr (6-4); El Rancho (5-5) at Westminster (7-3)
Fred’s thoughts: What a whacky division, seriously, San Gabriel the No. 1 seed. And what do they get for their reward, a tough Santa Fe squad followed by possibly La Habra (in quarters), who I still think is the best in the division. South El Monte drew Sonora, and the Eagles are the wild-card after playing so well at the end of the year. I would love to see South El Monte play California in the quarters, that would be special. Arroyo has a tough task of opening at No. 3 Fullerton, and Rosemead is at defending champion Schurr. This was a crazy division last year, and figures to be again.
Final Four prediction: La Habra, California, Alhambra, Westminster
Championship prediction: La Habra over Alhambra
Interviews with coaches at Sunday’s pairings draw
Northview 28, Baldwin Park 19 — As it should, Vikings, Braves and Saints all deserved a piece of the crown.
South El Monte 52, El Monte 0 — How in the world did they ever lose four games playing like this. Maybe that’s it, they never played like this before.
Bishop Amat 27, Loyola 14 — Nice way for Lancers to finish, but the moaning and groaning will come back soon.
Rosemead 51, Mountain View 0 — Panthers thunder their way into the playofs.
Arroyo 44, Gabrielino 26 — Knights surviv penalty-filled game.
La Puente 24, Azusa 13 — Warriors clinch outright Montview League title, go 6-0.
Bassett 21, Workman 20 — When next weeks final rankings comeout, Olympians will no longer be No. 31. Great way to finish fellas.
Western Christian 38, Arrowhead Christian 7 — Lancers secure their only league victory, and QB Alex Beaton finished with 2,226 pasing yards and 15 touchdowns.
Charter Oak 48, Diamond Ranch 7 — Chargers leave no dobut who the top team in the SGV is.
Bonita 16, Los Altos 6 — Conq’s eliminated from playoff for first time since 1994
San Dimas 35, Covina 21 — Saints clinch playoff berth and become Northview’s biggest cheerleader on Friday vs. Baldwin Park in hopes of sharing league title.
Damien 33, Chino Hills 17 — Spartans earn their way into the playoffs after 0-2 Sierra League start.
West Covina 27, Walnut 0 — Bulldogs clinch second place in San Antonio.
Glendora 42, Diamond Bar 7 — Finished Sierra in style, by going a perfect 5-0.
South Hills 43, Nogales 14 — Would love to see them meet up with Charter Oak at some point in Southwest playoffs.
Wilson 37, Rowland 25 — Biggest news is that Wildcats won coin flip over Los Altos and Diamond Ranch to reach the playoffs.
Duarte 42, Sierra Vista 17 — Falcons bounce back after losing Montview league title last week to La Puente.
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Also: I will create a CIF-SS playoff thread on Sunday night with all the first-round matchups. CIF will release bracket sheets from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and you can access them by clicking on this link
Time Warner’s Reginald Miller, Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo and staff writer Steve Ramirez discuss four 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.
Charter Oak vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha HS, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park vs. Northview at Covina District Field, 7 p.m.
1. Charter Oak (7-1-1)
2. South Hills (7-2)
3. Glendora (7-2)
4. Diamond Ranch (2-7)*
5. Baldwin Park (7-2)
6. San Dimas (8-1)
7. South El Monte (5-4)
8. Rosemead (6-3)
9. Damien (4-4-1)
10. Los Altos (5-4)
11. Duarte (7-2)
12. Northview (6-3)
13. Bonita (6-3)
14. La Puente (6-3)
15. Arroyo (5-4)
16. Bishop Amat (2-7)
17. West Covina (4-5)
18. Wilson (4-5)
19. Covina (5-4)
20. Mountain View (4-4)
21. El Monte (5-4)
22. Rowland (3-6)
23. Diamond Bar (2-7)
24. Azusa (4-5)
25. Nogales (2-7)
26. Workman (2-6)
27. Sierra Vista (3-6)
28. Gladstone (3-7)
29. Walnut (1-8)
30. Western Chirstian (2-7)
31. Bassett (0-9)
* Forfeited five wins
CIF Polls heading into final week (Pairings released on Sunday)
1. El Dorado (8-1), 2. Charter Oak (7-1-1), 3. Trabuco Hills (8-1), 4. South Hills (7-2), 5. Foothill (7-2), 6. Diamond Ranch (2-7), 7. Mayfair (6-3), 8. Bellflower (6-3), 9. Anaheim Canyon (7-2), 10. El Modena (6-3).
1. Corona Centennial (8-1), 2. Vista Murrieta (9-0), 3. Redlands East Valley (9-0), 4. Norco (8-1), 5. A.B. Miller (8-1), 6. Chaparral (6-3), 7. Los Osos (7-2), 8. Glendora (7-2), 9. Upland (6-3), 10. Etiwanda (6-3).
1. Paraclete (9-0), 2. Santa Clara (6-1-1), 3. Blair (7-1), 4. Cantwell Sacred Heart (7-2), 5. Bishop Diego (7-2), 6. La Puente (6-3), 7. Duarte (7-2), 8. Temple City (4-5), 9. Cerritos Valley Christian 5-5), 10. La Salle (4-5).
1. Morro Bay (9-0), 2. Serra (8-1), 3. Oaks Christian (6-3), 4. Oak Park (6-3), 5. San Dimas (8-1), 6. Torrance (6-3), 7. Baldwin Park (7-2), 8. St. Bernard (6-3), 9. Harvard/Westlake (6-3), 10. Templeton (6-3).
1. La Habra (8-0), 2. California (9-0), 3. Troy (6-2), 4. Alhambra (7-2), 5. La Serna (7-2), 6. San Gabriel (7-2), 7. Westminster (6-3), 8. Rosemead (6-3), 9. Schurr (5-4), 10. Fullerton (4-4).
Steve Ramirez and Fred J. Robledo going head-to-head throughout the season.
Robledo: Last week (17-2); Season (150-48)
Ramirez: Last week (16-3); Season (150-48)
Notes: Finally, I tied Ramirez. With one week left in the season, it’s come down to Northview-Baldwin Park, the only game we picked differently this week. Steve will explain why he chose to go with Baldwin Park and not his alma mater, and I’ll tell you why I’m picking Northview in an upset in this week’s two-minute drill. The lunch bet includes the playoffs, but the regular season bragging rights is on the line. Last week, Steve and I both didn’t believe La Puente could beat Duarte, and it happened. Congrats to the Warriors, that was a gutty performance in taking the Montview League title. I also picked Wilson to beat Los Altos and Rowland to beat Walnut, grabbing two wins on Steve who went the other way. But Steve got one back by picking Aquinas over Western Christian, and after seeing how easy Aquinas won, I’m wondering why I gave Steve that freebie. Get ready for a great final week, lots of games on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday game of the week: Charter Oak at Diamond Ranch
Friday game of the week: Baldwin Park vs. Northview at Covina District
Charter Oak vs. Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Bonita at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Ramirez (Los Altos)
Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Chino Hills at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino Hills): Ramirez (Chino Hills)
Walnut at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (West Covina); Ramirez (West Covina)
Glendora at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
South Hills at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South HIlls); Ramirez (South Hills)
Wilson at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Ramirez (Wilson)
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Ramirez (Duarte)
Baldwin Park vs. Northview at Covina District Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
El Monte at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SElMonte); Ramirez (SElMonte)
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Loyola); Ramirez (Loyola)
Mountain View at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Azusa at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)
Workman at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Ramirez (Workman)
Arrowhead Christian vs. Western Christian at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Western Christian); Ramirez (Western Christian)
Final Thoughts: Once again, the Miramonte League heads into the final week with all five teams in the playoff hunt. It’s a headache going over all the scenarios, but Wilson’s alive because if Charter Oak beats Diamond Ranch and Bonita beats Los Altos, there will be a three-way tie for third between Los Altos, Diamond Ranch and Wilson, with a coin flip deciding the final entry into the Southwest playoffs. For Diamond Ranch to get in, they need a win and a Bonita win over Los Altos. For Los Altos to get in, they simply need a win over Bonita. Charter Oak and Bonita are in regardless of what happens. In the Valle Vista, Baldwin Park has clinched a share of the league title, but If Northview wins on Friday and San Dimas beats Covina, there will be a three-way tie for first, meaning coin flips will decide the order of finish into the playoffs.
Above: Bonita advances to semifinals, and will face top-seeded Village Christian (26-2), a 28-26, 25-20, 25-18 quarterfinal winner over San Gabriel in Tuesday’s semifinals at Village Christian.
CIF-Southern Section playoffs
Bonita (15-4) at Village Christian (26-2), 7 p.m.
Brentwood (23-9) at La Quinta (14-11), 7 p.m.
Saturday’s quarterfinal results
Corona del Mar def. St. Lucy’s 25-18, 25-9, 25-17
Bishop Montgomery def. South Hills 25-20, 25-21, 25-12
Bonita d. Palm Desert, 25-21, 25-17, 25-23
Above: South Hills celebrating first-round win over Diamond Bar.
Tuesday’s first-round results
Beckman d. Glendora, 25-20, 25-13, 25-22
Walnut d. Corona Santiago, 25-23, 25-23, 29-27
Norco d. Bishop Amat 25-21, 25-15, 21-25, 25-15
South Hills d. Diamond Bar, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 27-25
Estancia d. Rowland, score unavailable
Palm Springs d. Arroyo, 25-11, 25-13, 27-25, 25-22
San Dimas d. South El Monte 23-25, 25-13, 25-12, 25-16
Bonita d. Maranatha, 25-12, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23
Los Altos d. Bell Gardens, 25-17, 25-23, 25-20
Covina d. La Mirada, 16-25, 25-16, 7-25, 25-16, 25-8
Charter Oak d. Patriot, 27-25, 25-21, 25-12
Gabrielino d. Ganesha, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18
La Puente d. Bishop Diego 22-25, 25-18, 25-17, 23-25, 17-15
Viewpoint d. Sierra Vista, 25-12, 25-15, 25-13
Aquinas d. Gladstone, 25-18, 16-25, 12-25, 25-23, 15-12
St. Margaret’s d. Azusa, 25-5, 25-9, 25-9
Here’s our Final regular-season rankings
1. South Hills (16-8) Riding seven-match win streak
2. Los Altos (22-9) Gains some sweet revenge
3. Walnut (19-7) Best No. 2 in the area
4. Gladstone (20-6) Was perfect in Montview
5. Bonita (12-4) Slippin and a slidin
6. Bishop Amat (17-9) On four-match win streak
7. St. Lucy’s (13-10) Has looked good lately
8. Diamond Bar (16-11) Opens playoffs at South Hills
9. San Dimas (16-6) Closed deal in Valle Vista
10. Glendora (10-5) Advances after big win
Above: Walnut High’s Derek Chung looks to pass vs Rowland High in match earlier this season. Walnut hosts Palm Springs in a playoff match on Thursday.
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Tuesday’s Wild Card
Corona at Rowland, 3 p.m.
West Covina at Upland, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Palm Springs at Walnut, 3 p.m.
Tuesday’s first round
Sierra Vista at Santa Monica, 3 p.m.
El Segunod at San Dimas, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Troy at Bonita, 3 p.m.
El Rancho at Damien, 3 p.m.
Charter Oak at South Pasadena
Trouble has continued to follow Baldwin Park standout Lawrence Phillips. Once a running back at the University of Nebraska and in the NFL with several teams, Phillips, 31, was recently convicted of seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon for driving a car at group of young men, injuring three after a losing pickup football game near the Coliseum. He faces 10-20 years in prison.
Interview with former Baldwin Park coach Tony Zane, who coached Lawrence Phillips
Phillips faces long prison term. Our reporter, Dan Abendschein, tells his story.
Running back remembered as one of the best
Former Tribune prep sports editor Steve Hunt writes about Phillips. Hunt is now this newspapers managing editor.
Tonight’s games and predictions
La Puente 10, Duarte 7 — Yes, Defense wins championships. Warriors clinch Montview League title after going 2-8 and finishing sixth a year ago.
Glendora 24, Ayala 17 — Tartans win back-and-forth see-saw thriller, clinching Sierra League title for first time since 1993.
Notre Dame 51, Bishop Amat 30 — Scoring 30 points on that group is a moral victory.
Charter Oak 28, Bonita 14 — Chargers clinch Miramonte League title with two-touchdown victory.
Baldwin Park 25, Covina 16 — Braves continue to prove they’re the real deal, clinch at least a share of Valle Vista League title.
Wilson 42, Los Altos 36 — Your’s truly called it — setting up another wild playoff-fighting finish in the Miramonte League.
Rosemead 31, Arroyo 20 — Rosmead back in the playoff hunt; Knights lose second straight.
Northview 33, Pomona 14 — This sets up huge finish with Baldwin Park for a piece of the league title.
South El Monte 41, Mountain View 0 — Is it me, or is South El Monte turning into a monster. That’s five straight now.
Sierra Vista 21, Gladstone 18 — Dons clinch a playoff spot with three-point win.
El Monte 20, Gabrielino 14 — In the tight Mission Valley League, this was a much-needed win for Lions.
Diamond Ranch 34, Nogales 6 — Huge win, with Los Altos and Bonita losing, they’re back in the playoff hunt.
San Dimas 42, Ganesha 0 — Everything you expect, right?
Damien 31, Chino 7 — Spartans keep their playoff hopes alive.
Chino Hills 31, Diamond Bar 21 — Brahamas must be tired of losing all the close ones.
Aquinas 55, Western Christian 17 — Ouch, that’s a lot of points to give up.
Rowland 35, Walnut 0 — Raiders clinch playoff spot with victory.
Thursday Night’s Results
South Hills 35, West Covina 24 — “Prime Time” Wells comes up big
Azusa 40, Bassett 0 — Aztecs take care of business
Here’s what you didn’t get on Fox Sports last night, the great fans talking about the game.
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