Above: South Hills stud Melinda Gomez in action against Downey.
Tribune top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (13-2)
Opened Del Rey with win over Serra. Should remain on top all season.
2. Diamond Ranch (10-6)
Played well in loss to Bishop Amat; clearly establised No. 2
3. Covina (15-1)
Only stumble against Downey, but still not as good as top two.
4. South Hills (8-2)
Won Rowland tournament, and looking more than just Melinda Gomez.
5. Wilson (13-3)
Still the areas biggest surprise? But can they win the Miramonte?
6. Walnut (10-5)
Facing South Hills on Friday in what ultimately could decide the San Antonio
7. Azusa (11-3)
Wins over Sierra Vista and South Hills. But are they the real deal?
8. Sierra Vista (11-6)
Righted ship in La Puente tourney, but it was the La Puente tournament
9. Diamond Bar (10-6)
Another one of the area’s surprise teams, but can it compete in the Sierra
10. Glendora (9-7)
Not bad considering schedule
Notes: Unless there are injuries or something dramatic happens, Bishop Amat is the top team and will remain on top all season. But it will be a tougher road that in previous years for the Lady Lancers to win the Del Rey, and there is a lot of anticipation for an upcoming non-league game against rival St. Paul on the horizon. My biggest questions are can Wilson hang with Diamond Ranch in the Miramonte, which I’m guessing they can’t. And how good is Azusa after beating South Hills and opening Montview with a huge win over rival Sierra Vista. And Covina, well, they likely will go undefeated in a watered-down Valle Vista, and the Sierra League is up for grabs.
Games of the week:
Wednesday, Dec. 9
Glendora at Diamond Bar, 5 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Bonita, 4:45 p.m.
South Hills at Los Altos, 4:45 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 11
Los Altos at Diamond Ranch, 5:15 p.m.
Walnut at South Hills, 4:45 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Covina, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12
Bishop Amat at Magnolia, 6:30 p.m.