Tribune Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (8-1) – Those expecting the Lancers to drop after their first loss of the season have short memories. Let me remind you, St. Bonaventure, Alemany, Damien, Diamond Ranch, West Covina, St. Paul. Show me another school with a resume of victories like that. Exactly.
2. Charter Oak (8-1) – Okay, so Charter Oak needs to beat Los Altos to win the Miramonte outright and lock down the No. 1 seed in the Southeast. That’s a done deal, the real compelling question is will they earn their fourth straight shutout and goose the league.
3. South Hills (7-2) – The most improved team since mid-season. They have put the Canada drama behind, the players are in the right spots and they’re playing with an extreme confidence. I know West Covina knocked them off to force a three-way title last year. Rowland won’t do it this year.
4. San Dimas (8-1) – With Monrovia and Paraclete expected to be No. 1 and No. 4 respectively in the Mid-Valley, the Saints desperately want to hang on to their No. 2 ranking, which would be a much better path toward the divisional title.
5. Baldwin Park (8-1) — They have heard all season that San Dimas is better. They have heard the logic, that Bonita beat B.P., and San Dimas beat Bonita. None of that matters to the Braves, though. They believe the Valle Vista title is theirs to lose.
6. West Covina (5-4) – Still not ranked in the Southeast, so let me repeat what I said last week: With everyone doing their mock brackets, the Bulldogs are the team everyone desperately wants to avoid in the playoffs. CIF doesn’t factor strength of schedule when determining rankings, but potential opponents no better.
7. Rowland (8-1) – I know they only have one loss and are the third-ranked team in the Southeast, which makes their finale against the No. 2 Huskies for the league title a blockbuster on paper. But lets be honest, it would be a total shocker if the Raiders upset South Hills.
8. Damien (4-5) — Spartans coaches probably hate when I say this, but there is no way they’re losing to winless Chino in the finale at home Thursday. Coach Gano is going to at least share the Sierra league title in his first year there, and if they can earn the league’s No. 1 entry, they might actually win a round or two in the playoffs.
9. Glendora (6-3) — After what they did to Chino Hills you have to ask what they would have been like if they had a healthy Andre Holmes for four quarters against Damien. Well, it doesn’t matter, the Tartans compete for their playoff lives against Ayala on Thursday. It’s pretty simple, win or stay home.
10. Azusa (8-1) — When the Aztecs beat Workman on Friday, they will have gone undefeated in the most competitive Montview in years. With a No. 3 ranking in the Mid-Valley, how far can they actually advance? Depending on the draw, I can surely picture them in the semifinals.
The Middle 10
11. Arroyo (7-2), 12. Walnut (7-2), 13. La Puente (7-2), 14. Diamond Ranch (3-6), 15. Gladstone (7-2), 16. Bonita (3-6), 17. Workman (6-3), 18. Rosemead (4-5), 19. Los Altos (3-6), 20. Covina (4-5)
On the bottom looking up
21. Pomona (5-4), 22. South El Monte (3-6), 23. Sierra Vista (4-5), 24. Wilson (2-7), 25. Nogales (2-7), 26. Bassett (3-6), 27. Diamond Bar (1-8), 28. Ganesha (1-8), 29. Northview (1-8), 30. El Monte (0-9), 31. Mountain View (0-9), 32. Duarte (0-9)
1. Charter Oak, 2. South Hills, 3. Rowland, 4. Schurr, 5. Burbank, 6. Burroughs, 7. Crescenta Valley, 8. California, 9. Pasadena, 10. Walnut.
1. Monrovia, 2. San Dimas, 3. Azusa, 4. Baldwin Park, 5. Paraclete, 6. Arroyo, 7. Gladstone, 8. La Puente, 9. San Marino, 10. Valley Christian.
1. Edison, 2. Mission Viejo, 3. Servite, 4. Notre Dame, 5. Lakewood, 6. Dana Hills, 7. Fountain Valley, 8. Bishop Amat, 9. Los Alamitos, 10. Crespi.
1. Colton, 2. Rarncho Cucamonga, 3. Colony, 4. Elsinore, 5. Los Osos, 6. Chino Hills, 7. Arroyo Valley, 8. Etiwanda, 9. Glendora, 10. Upland.
Notre Dame pounded Bishop Amat 56-21 last year. Go ahead and watch if it’s not too painful.