Above: Rosemead advanced to last year’s championship game despite getting snubbed by voters throughout the season.
The preseason CIF-SS rankings should come out soon, but the Calpreps rankings are already out. Calpreps ranks the top 30 in each division, and with the exception of the Pac-5 Poll, the rest of the polls appear to be based on what happened last year. Seriously, Diamond Ranch No. 2 in the Southeast? Rowland ahead of South Hills? The CalPreps rankings don’t matter as far as CIF seedings, but the CIF polls do. Each week I have a vote in the CIF polls and will share them with you throughout the season. This may help out of area prep reporters and others with votes get a better feel of our area so we don’t go through a situation like last year, where Rosemead wasn’t ranked throughout the year and didn’t get a seed, then went on to the Mid-Valley championship game. Remember how bad it was, the Valle Vista got two seeds and Azusa was No. 2! This forced Rosemead to play San Dimas in the second round, preventing the best four from reaching the final four, with Northview having to play Paraclete in the second as well. Lets help the pollsters get it right, and hope that some voters will set their obvious bias aside.
CalPreps Preseason football rankings
1. Lakewood, 2. Notre Dame, 3. Servite, 4. Tesoro, 5. Edison, 6. Long Beach Poly, 7. Crespi, 8. Mission Viejo, 8. Mater Dei, 10. Orange Lutheran; Others: 18. Bishop Amat
1. Rancho Cucamonga, 2. Chino Hills, 3. Colton, 4. Cajon, 5. Glendora, 6. Upland, 7. Etiwanda, 8. Los Osos, 9. Damien, 10. Ayala; Others: 20. Diamond Bar.
1. Charter Oak, 2. Diamond Ranch, 3. Rowland, 4. South Hills, 5. Muir, 6. West Covina, 7. Burroughs, 8. Crescenta Valley, 9. Santa Fe, 10. California, Others: 13. Walnut, 14. Bonita, 22. Los Altos, 26. Nogales, 28. Wilson.
1. Paraclete, 2. Rosemead, 3. Monrovia, 4. Northview, 5. San Dimas, 6. Temple City, 7. San Marino, 8. Valley Christian, 9. LA Baptist, 10. Duarte; Others: 12. Azusa, 13. Arroyo, 14. Baldwin Park, 15. Pomona, 18. Covina, 19. South El Monte, 20. Workman, 21. El Monte, 24. Ganesha, 26. Gladstone, 27. Sierra Vista, 28. La Puente, 29. Mountain View, 30. Bassett.