A few times I week I’m going to toss general sports questions your way. At the end of the day we’re all sports fans, so lets start with the biggest news of the month: You have had more than a week to digest news that Alex Rodriguez is an admitted steroids user for at least three years. Should this keep him out of the hall of fame?
Since we all love top ten’s, how about the top ten high school athletic programs in the Valley. I listed the top teams with the sports they’re the most competitive in compared to other teams in the Valley. I gave more weight to football, basketball, baseball and softball, since those are the marquee sports, with soccer a notch behind. Bishop Amat barely edges out Diamond Ranch for the top spot because in the signature sports, they’re a little better all the way around except for boys basketball.
1. Bishop Amat: Football, Baseball, Softball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Soccer, Wrestling
2. Diamond Ranch: Football, Baseball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Soccer, Track
3. South Hills: Football, Baseball, Boys and Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Cross Country
4. Bonita: Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer, Baseball, Track, Girls and Boys water polo, Girls volleyball
5. Northview: Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball
6. Glendora: Football, Baseball, Softball, Boys Basketball, Swimming, Cross Country, Girls Soccer
7. Charter Oak: Football, Boys Basketball, Baseball, Girls Soccer, Softball, Swimming.
8. Walnut: Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Water Polo, boys and girls tennis, girls volleyball
9. Rosemead: Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Wrestling, Softball
10. San Dimas: Football, Baseball, Girls Soccer, Softball, Girls Volleyball
Out of the seven boys basketball teams remaining in the playoffs, who has been the biggest surprise? There hasn’t been a true standout like Dominic Tiger-Cortes to run away with player of the year, so have any suggestions? How about our Tribune top five? Coach of the year? This is extremely difficult also, but one of the coaches still alive are going to win, then will hopefully coach the all-star game.
Anything and anyone you want to talk about
A few weeks back I mentioned that CIF’s new basketball playoff structure, merging enrollment with competitive value, waters-down the importance of league play. Eric Sondheimer touched on it today in the L.A. Times, there could be three to four section champions from the same league, making you wonder if they need league’s anymore. You might as well just play a schedule, have more tournaments and do everything by enrollment. The Sierra League is looking the strongest around here with Chino Hills, Glendora, Ayala, and Damien alive in three separate divisions. By some miracle should the Sierra wind up with three CIF champions, how would you feel about it? Damien is a prime example. I’m fine with the fact that a fourth-place team can get an at-large, but to win a championship you should have to go through the teams that beat you in league to do it. Don’t get me wrong, I hope they all with section titles, but the system doesn’t sit right.
All games at 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 Bishop Amat (22-5) at No. 2 Summit (24-4)
No. 5 Magnolia (18-9) at No. 4 Diamond Ranch (19-4)
Saturday’s second round
Canyon Springs 66, Walnut 36
Bishop Amat 52, Keppel 49
Diamond Ranch 56, Segerstrom 21
Agoura 64, South Hills 42
Sonora 39, Sierra Vista 33
Monrovia 52, Bonita 35
Inglewood 71, Rosemead 23
Bishop Montgomery 45, Northview 27
With seven teams in the second round, we’re hoping to cover at least three on Tuesday, and possibly four. Why don’t you play prep editor and explain what games you would cover.
CIF Southern Section Playoffs
Note: All games start at 7:30 p.m.
Glendora at West Ranch
Damien at Mayfair
Palm Springs at Nogales
Gahr at Diamond Ranch
Bonita at Harvard-Westlake
Northview at Inglewood
Faith Baptist at La Verne Lutheran