Steve and I will go head-to-head throughout the season. Here is our updated records on the Tribskin Pick’em thread.
Robledo: Last week/Total: 14-3/112-35
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 12-5/103-44
Last Week: Steve and I missed on the same three games, taking Glendora over Damien, Los Altos over Bonita and drumroll….Northview over Ganesha. Let me type that again, Northview over Ganesha? When you think of tough Northview was last year, it’s amazing to think they would lose to Ganesha a year later. I picked up two games on Steve because he was foolish enough to take Pomona over Baldwin Park and El Monte over South El Monte.
This week: There are four games I want to point out, first, Bishop Amat is almost in a must win in the Serra opener. With two of three at home, they do not want to wait to the season finale at home against Notre Dame, who has owned them since moving to the Serra, to clinch a playoff berth. Loyola is also the easiest of the three Serra teams, so take care of business now. With Glendora losing Andre Holmes to a knee injury, this could seriously dampen their playoff hopes. I’m taking Chino Hills at home over the Tartans, who will likely have to beat Ayala later to reach the postseason. If Michael Ball had been healthy, I might have changed plans and took the Raiders over West Covina, but not now. There is just no way they’re going to win without Ball on the field. I’m also taking Damien over Ayala. Think of it, if the Spartans win, all they have to do is beat Diamond Bar and Chino the final two weeks to finish .500, and with it a second place finish in the Sierra.
This week’s games and predictions
Diamond Bar at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Ramirez (Diamond Bar)
Baldwin Park vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m — Robledo (BAmat); Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
Pomona at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Glendora at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Ramirez (Chino Hills)
West Covina at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (Rowland)
Diamond Ranch at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Ramirez (Diamond Ranch)
Ayala at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Damien)
Charter Oak at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
South Hills at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Ramirez (South Hills)
Azusa at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Rosemead at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Gladstone vs. Workman at Citrus College, 7 p.m — Robledo (Gladstone); Ramirez (Gladstone)
Bassett at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sierra Vista); Ramirez (Bassett)
Nogales at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Walnut)
Covina vs. Ganesha at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gabrielino); Ramirez (Gabrielino)