Oh Miguel, are you serious? Muir? Really?

There is a reason Star-News prep editor Miguel Melendez has five or six losses every week, and is just 119-62 on the season picking high school games. He took Muir over Charter Oak in the first round, which is probably the silliest prediction ever, even for homers like us. He’s like that old LA Times handicapper Curtis Crayon, who couldn’t pick a thing. Take a lot at his picks. He even has San Gabriel knocking off West Covina on the road. Listen, if Muir and San Gabriel meet in the second round, I’m buying Miguel’s meals from now until Christmas.

Rosemead at San Marino, 7 p.m. — San Marino
South El Monte at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Monrovia
Alhambra vs. Burbank at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Burbank
La Canada at Cerritos Valley Christian, 7 p.m. — La Canada
Muir at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Muir
San Gabriel at West Covina, 7 p.m. — San Gabriel
Frazier at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Maranatha
Gahr at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — St. Francis
Desert Christian at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Rio Hondo Prep
Pasadena Poly at St. Genevieve, 7 p.m. — St. Genevieve
La Salle at St. Joseph/SM, 7 p.m. — St. Joseph

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CIF Pairings Sunday: Bishop Amat gets Mater Dei in first round; Glendora home against R.C., Damien gets Upland; Charter Oak, South Hills No. 1 & 2 in Southeast, San Dimas No. 2 in Mid-Valley

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
LOS ALAMITOS — The buzz at Sunday’s CIF-Southern Section pairings draw in Los Alamitos centered around Bishop Amat when the Pac-5 Division playoff pairings were announced, because the Serra League champion Lancers (9-1) drew old friend Mater Dei (6-4), setting up a nostalgic first-round game against the storied Monarchs at Kiefer Stadium on Friday. (To continue reading, click thread)

CIF-Southern Section Playoff Pairings

Pac-5 Division:
Top Bracket
Millikan (Moore 4) at No. 1 Edison (Sunset 1)
Orange Lutheran (Trinity 2) at Dana Hills (South Coast 2)
Mater Dei (Trinity 3) at Bishop Amat (Serra 1)
Newport Harbor (Sunset at-large) at No. 4 Lakewood (Moore 1)
Bottom Bracket
San Clemente (South Coast 3) at No. 3 Servite (Trinity 1)
Long Beach Poly (Moore 2) at Los Alamitos (Sunset 2)
Fountain Valley (Sunset 3) at Notre Dame (Serra 2)
Long Beach Wilson (Moore 3) at No. 2 Mission Viejo (South Coast 1)

Mid-Valley Division:
Top Bracket
South El Monte (MVL 3) at No. 1 Monrovia (Rio Hondo 1)
Paraclete (Olympic 2) at La Puente (Montview 2)
Gladstone (Montview 3) at Baldwin Park (Valle Vista 2)
Whittier Christian (Olympic 3) at No. 4 Arroyo (MVL 1)
Bottom Bracket
Covina (Valle Vista 3) at No. 3 Azusa (Montview 1)
Rosemead (MVL 2) at San Marino (Rio Hondo 2)
La Canada (Rio Hondo 3) at Cerritos Valley Christian (Olympic 1)
Workman (Montview 4) at No. 2 San Dimas (Valle Vista 1)

Central Division:
Top Bracket
Don Lugo (Mt. Baldy 3) at No. 1 Colton (San Andreas 1)
Rancho Cucamonga (Baseline 3) at Glendora (Sierra 2)
Chaffey (Mt. Baldy 2) at West Valley (Sunbelt 2)
Arroyo Valley (San Andreas 3) at No. 4 Los Osos (Baseline 1)
Bottom Bracket
Chino Hills (Sierra 3) at No. 4 Elsinore (Sunbelt 1)
Cajon (San Andreas 2) at Etiwanda (Baseline 2)
Upland (Baseline at-large) at Damien (Sierra 1)
Paloma Valley (Sunbelt 3) at No. 2 Colony (Mt. Baldy 1)

Southeast Division:
Top Bracket
Muir (Pacific 4) at No. 1 Charter Oak (Miramonte 1)
San Gabriel (Almont 2) at West Covina (San Antonio 2)
Rowland (San Antonio 3) at California (Del Rio 1)
Alhambra (Almont 3) at No. 4 Burbank (Pacific 1)
Bottom Bracket
El Rancho (Del Rio 3) at No. 3 Schurr (Almont 1)
Diamond Ranch (Miramonte 3) at Burroughs (Pacific 2)
Crescenta Valley (Pacific 3) at Santa Fe (Del Rio 2)
Bonita (Miramonte 3) at South Hills (San Antonio 1)

You can also go straight to CIF to look at all the brackets.

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The Scouting Guru’s mock draft for the Pac-5, Southeast, Mid-Valley is in, check it out

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent and teams in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas.

The Scouting Guru Bracketology: Well, we’ve crunched the numbers – looked at the protocol that the playoff committee has to work with and here is out best estimate of what the area’s Divisions for the CIF-SS Toyota Football Playoffs look like (do you like that Thom Simmons?…). To continue click thread

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Cross Country: Area runners tackle CIF prelims on Saturday at Mt. SAC; finals next week

For a complete rundown of Saturday’s CIF-SS Prelims, click thread


Above: Bonita Cross Country Runner Lexia Jackson,right, with Marissa Scott during the CIF Southern Section Cross Country Prelims at Mt. San Antonio College.

By Andrew J. Campa, Staff Writer
WALNUT - The goals for Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Cross Country Prelims at Mt. San Antonio College were twofold – advance to the following week’s CIF-SS Finals and survive. The San Gabriel Valley teams certainly did more than advance, however, as several area individuals and squads won races. To continue, click thread

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: San Dimas is too good for Baldwin Park; Bishop Amat pulls off a stunning victory over Notre Dame to capture the Serra; South Hills pounds Rowland, 42-14

Friday’s results
Bishop Amat 31, Notre Dame 14 — Talk about the perfect ending to the regular season, not only do the Lancers win, but they share their first piece of the Serra League title since joining the league in 2002. And because Crespi lost, there are no coin flips, the Lancers go to the playoffs as the No. 1 seed. Jay Anderson rushed for 215 yards and three TDs, and Jerry McClanahan threw for 257 yards and a TD.
San Dimas 35, Baldwin Park 16 — The Saints were simply too good, and should keep the Mid-Valley Division’s No. 2 seed. I don’t know if they will meet Monrovia or Crespi, but the Saints will be in the finals awaiting the winner.
South Hills 42, Rowland 14 — Geoffrey Vaughns rushed for 172 yards and five touchdowns in another Huskies blowout. So what do you think about their chances against Charter Oak now?
Charter Oak 38, Los Altos 0 — The Chargers go their fourth straight shutout and blanked the entire Miramonte league for the first time in history. I guess that’s a way of saying goodbye since they move to the Sierra next season.
Rosemead 37, Gabrielino 14 — This nails down the second place finish in the Mission Valley league.
Arroyo 44, South El Monte 0 – On paper the Eagles were playing for a piece of the league title, but in reality they didn’t have much of a shot.
La Puente 35, Gladstone 24 — The Warriors continued playing well since the Azusa loss, nailing down second in the Montview, which should earn a home game in the playoffs.
Azusa 28, Workman 0 – The Aztecs should earn the Mid-Valley Division’s three seed. You know what, they might end up meeting San Dimas in the semifinals.
West Covina 46, Nogales 7 – The Bulldogs did what you expect, now the fun begins, who will they get in the Southeast’s first round?
Chino Hills 42, Diamond Bar 14 — The Huskies finish in a three-way tie in the Sierra, but lose the coin flip and will go as the No. 3 entry. Damien is No. 1, with Glendora No. 2
Covina 24, Northview 23 – The Vikings gave the Colts a run for their money, but the Colts nailed down the VVL’s third playoff spot.
Walnut 30, Bonita 15 — A nice way for the Mustangs to finish. It’s a shame that a 7-3 team doesn’t get in the playoffs.
Diamond Ranch 25, Wilson 7 — For the second straight year, the Panther enters as the No. 2 from the Southeast. Like West Covina, they’re dangerous.
El Monte at Mountain View
Duarte at Bassett, 7 p.m.

Breaking News … The three-way coin flip in the Sierra League between tri-champions Chino Hills, Damien and Glendora is completed, Damien goes in as the No. 1 seed, with Glendora No. 2 and Chino Hills No. 3

I can also twitter updates quick if vootage is slow…

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Live updates: Bishop Amat 31, Notre Dame 14

Game Story
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Forget all that talk about wild-card scenarios and three-way coin flips, Bishop Amat took care of business the old-fashioned way — on the field. It was almost surreal how easy it happened, with Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty shaking his head trying to come up with the right words, then giving up, glancing over at his players like a proud father. To continue, click thread

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CIF Playoffs: Saturday’s lineup of girls volleyball, girls tennis and boys water polo

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE
Girls Volleyball
CIF-SS Playoffs
Tonight’s Quarterfinals
Division 2AA

Redlands East Valley at South Hills, 7 p.m.
South Torrance at St. Lucy’s, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Los Altos at Santa Ynez, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Maranatha, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Cerritos at San Dimas, 7 p.m.

Girls Tennis
CIF-SS Playoffs
Today’s second round
Division 2

Palm Desert at Diamond Bar, 2 p.m.
Chadwick at St. Lucy’s, 2 p.m.
Division 4
Rowland at Whittier, 2 p.m.
Division 5
San Dimas at Buckley, 2 p.m.
Linfield Christian at Covina, 2 p.m.

Boys Water Polo
CIF-SS Playoffs
Today’s quarterfinals
Division 6

Walnut at Glendale, 3:15 p.m.

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Bracketology: The Scouting Guru’s Friday update

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent and teams in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas.

For the Scouting Guru’s breakdown, click this thread ….

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Playoff Bound: Welcome to the party Glendora, the Tartans join Red Hot Damien with a piece of the Sierra League title, coin flips next?

Thursday’s results
Damien 55, Chino 0 — After a 1-5 start, the Spartans rally to earn a piece of the Sierra League title in coach Greg Gano’s rookie season, and they did it in convincing fashion, blowing out Diamond Bar and Chino to build up a head of steam entering the playoffs.
Glendora 34, Ayala 20 — Glendorable right, the Tartans win when they absolutely have to win, earning a piece of the Sierra along with a playoff berth. With Chino Hills likely beating Diamond Bar tomorrow night, there will be a three-way tie, with coin flips deciding the order of finish for the Central Division playoffs. If the Hills lose, then Damien gets the No. 1 entry because it beat Glendora.
Los Alamitos 31, Fountain Valley 22 — With Los Alamitos (8-2, 3-2) winning, they join Fountain Valley (8-2, 3-2) in a tie for second behind Edison (9-0, 4-0), the Sunset League champion. While it’s not the best result for Bishop Amat, it won’t matter if Esperanza (4-5, 1-3) defeats Newport Harbor (5-4, 2-2) on Friday, thus pushing Newport Harbor into sole possession of fourth with a 5-5 overall record, helping the Lancers’ at-large chances. If Newport Harbor wins, then panic sets in, because there would be a three-way tie for second, with coin flips deciding the order of finish, leaving the Lancers with the possibility of fighting for the wild card spot with Los Alamitos or Fountain Valley, who would both have the same records if the Lancers lose to Notre Dame.

For quarter-by-quarter updates of tonight’s games, click thread

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Meet the “It” Team: A whopping 18 area players make their college decisions on Wednesday

By Fred J. Robledo
Showing once again that baseball in the East San Gabriel Valley is alive and well, eight area baseball players signed national letters of intent during the early signing period on Wednesday, which was the first day that high school seniors other than football players could sign. Ten area girls also made their decisions known, which gave the Valley a whopping 18 area signees. (to Continue reading click thread


From top left, Janelle Kearney (Diamond Ranch, Boise State), Arman Valenzuela (Northview, Loyola Marymount), Jacob Smigelski (Glendora, Loyola Marymount), Jerry McClanahan (Bishop Amat, UC Irvine) From middle left, Melinda Gomez (South Hills, Loyola Marymount), Sydney Stewart (Diamond Ranch, UNLV), Derek Goodwin (Diamond Ranch, Sacramento State), Chloe Wurst (Bonita, West Texas A&M) From bottom left, Aleina Dominguez (Wilson, Nevada Reno), Jasmine Roth (Bishop Amat, Arizona State), Natalie Maxey (South Hills, UC Santa Barbara), Paul Paez (Bishop Amat, University of San Diego). Photographed at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune in West Covina on Wednesday, Nov. 11. 2009. (SGVN/Staff photo by Watchara Phomicinda)

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Braveheart: Baldwin Park’s Manny Salcedo and Christian Lazaro leave it all on the line

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The admirable qualities of Baldwin Park quarterback Manny Salcedo and wide receiver Christian Lazaro would make the Baldwin Park old-timers proud. The seniors know about the Braves’ tradition and what it would mean if they could knock off San Dimas on Friday.
San Dimas (8-1, 4-0) is the No. 2-ranked team in the Mid-Valley Division, just ahead of No. 4 Baldwin Park (8-1, 4-0), who will host Friday’s Valle Vista League game for the championship.
“It would be hell on Earth around here,” Salcedo said if the Braves pulled it off. “The fans in Baldwin Park have been waiting a long time. The school has been waiting. That’s why we work our butt off, for games like this.”

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Rowland’s Michael Ball won’t return for South Hills, but the playoffs are a strong possibility

Rowland quarterback Michael Ball will not suit up when the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division’s No. 3 Raiders (8-1, 2-1) play host to No. 2 South Hills (7-3, 3-0) on Friday for a piece of the San Antonio League title. Ball broke his collarbone in a 27-17 victory over Walnut on Oct. 16 and is making steady improvement toward a possible return for the first round of the playoffs next week, although a second-round appearance is more likely should the Raiders advance that far. When Ball was healthy, the Raiders were undefeated and the top-ranked team in the division. As a sophomore he led the Raiders to the Southeast semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Charter Oak. To continue, click thread

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Cross Country: Check out who did well at league finals meets; CIF Prelims Saturday at Mt. SAC

Once again, a local coach has stepped up and offered to help give insight to what’s going on in cross country. This comes from Glendora assistant coach Bob Ramsey

Ramsey wrote: Most of the East San Gabriel Valley’s cross country athletes ended their seasons last week at their leagues championship finals meets. There were a number of outstanding performances, with league championships being decided, along with the qualifying spots for this weekends CIF – Southern Section Prelims. To continue, click thread

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Super 32: There is no 8-1 like Bishop Amat’s 8-1, the Lancers keep top ranking; CIF polls also here

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)

****CIF POLLS****
Southeast Division
1. Charter Oak, 2. South Hills, 3. Rowland, 4. Schurr, 5. Burbank, 6. Burroughs, 7. Crescenta Valley, 8. California, 9. Pasadena, 10. Walnut.

Mid-Valley Division
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.

Pac-5 Division
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.

Central Division
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.

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Breaking it down: If Bishop Amat loses, they will probably need help to make the playoffs

I have gone through most of the playoff scenarios involving Bishop Amat using the tiebreaker system below, figuring the only teams with a chance of earning the Pac-5 at-large berth are the third place team from the Serra, or the fourth-place team from the Sunset League. Interestingly enough, what we don’t know and won’t know until Sunday is who the CIF advisory committee determines is a stronger league, thus earning a huge point. “If we told you that, it would take away all the fun,” CIF-SS spokesperson Thom Simmons joked. Let’s take the worst case scenario, a Bishop Amat loss, leaving them 8-2 and in third. I will also assume the fourth place team in the Sunset lost, since that’s the only way they could fall to fourth. Here is how they stack up against the competition.

Bishop Amat (8-2) vs. Fountain Valley (8-2)
CIF’s tiebreaker for wild-cards is as follows
(a) Head-to-head competition of teams under consideration (4 points) — Wash, no points
(b) Overall strength of the league from which the team is entered (1 point) — ?
(c) Overall win-loss record (1 point) — Wash, no points
(d) Strength against common opponents (1 point), Wash, no points.
(e) Strength of schedule (2 points, using overall win-loss record of opponents), Advantage Bishop Amat, two points.
Bishop Amat leads 2-0

Bishop Amat (8-2) vs. Newport Harbor (6-4)
CIF’s tiebreaker for wild-cards is as follows
(a) Head-to-head competition of teams under consideration (4 points) — Wash, no points
(b) Overall strength of the league from which the team is entered (1 point) — ?
(c) Overall win-loss record (1 point) — Advantage Amat, 1 point
(d) Strength against common opponents (1 point), Wash, no points.
(e) Strength of schedule (2 points, using overall win-loss record of opponents), Advantage Newpot Harbor, two points.
Newport Harbor leads 2-1 (schedule strength determining factor)

Bishop Amat (8-2) vs. Los Alamitos (7-3)
CIF’s tiebreaker for wild-cards is as follows
(a) Head-to-head competition of teams under consideration (4 points) — Wash, no points
(b) Overall strength of the league from which the team is entered (1 point) — ?
(c) Overall win-loss record (1 point) — Advantage Amat, 1 point
(d) Strength against common opponents (1 point), Wash, no points.
(e) Strength of schedule (2 points, using overall win-loss record of opponents), Advantage Los Alamitos, two points.
Los Alamitos leads 2-1 (schedule strength determining factor)

FINALLY: If Bishop Amat loses, they trail by a point to Los Alamitos and Newport Harbor.Two things have to happen for the Lancers to advance. First, the CIF Advisory committee must determine that the Serra is a stronger league than the Sunset, which would give the Lancers the point they need to finish in a 2-2 tie with Los Alamitos and Newport Harbor. In the event of a tie on points, a four person at-large committee will gather together and use their best judgment when determining who gets the at-large berth. There are other scenarios that come into play, but at the end of the day, people, not point totals or computers, will probably decide who gets in. Also, Joe Amat was right about strength of schedule. If Bishop Amat had scheduled and defeated Azusa, San Dimas and Baldwin Park, who have a combined record of 24-3, it would have been more beneficial than defeating Diamond Ranch (3-6), West Covina (5-4) and Damien (4-5), whose combined record is the reason the Lancers lose the tiebreakers to Los Alamitos and Newport Harbor. Silly isn’t it, but it’s the truth.

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It doesn’t pay to play the tough schedules; Just ask West Covina, nowhere to be found in the Southeast Polls, not even in “others.”

West Covina beat Walnut 31-11, but the Mustangs, already eliminated from the playoffs, are still the No. 10-ranked team in the Southeast polls. The Bulldogs also defeated No. 3 Rowland, 32-10, and compete in arguably the toughest league in the division, but are nowhere to be found in the polls because of their 5-4 overall record, which of course includes losses to 8-1 powers Venice and Bishop Amat. But it still doesn’t make sense that Pasadena, with a similar 5-4 record, is No. 9 in the polls. Heck, even Whittier is mentioned in “others” with a 4-5 record. West Covina wasn’t mentioned at all. To continue, click thread

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours; Robledo goes a perfect 16-0 last week

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: 16-0/145-36
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 14-2/132-49

Last Week: For those who say I can’t pick games, I repeat again, look at the record. In the past two week’s I’m 33-1 after going 16-0 for the first time in history. Talk about getting in playoff mode, I’m so hot right now, don’t go against me :) Steve was not bad at 14-2, but he was foolish enough to take Bishop Amat over Crespi and Pomona over Covina, two games I called precisely.

This week: On Thursday, Glendora can knock Ayala out of the playoffs with a victory, and they will, guaranteeing themselves a playoff spot and a Sierra League tri-title. We saw what Pasqy did with a week to prepare against Chino Hills, expect the same. Bishop Amat has not lost at home in the Hagerty area, and this is just the spot they need to pull off another big signature win against Notre Dame. I’ve got the feeling again, the Lancers are going to pull this off. The only major question is if they lose, will they get the Pac-5 at-large playoff berth? From what I hear there is no guarantee. Talk about nervous time. After what I saw South Hills do against Walnut, there is not way I’m going against them against Rowland, the Huskies win the San Antonio outright. Finally, the Valley Vista league showdown goes to San Dimas. Zernickow said he believes the Saints have never won a game at Baldwin Park. This is the time. BTW, I haven’t decided which is the game of the week, but I’m down to Amat-NDame or San Dimas-BPark.

This weeks games and predictions
Thursday’s games
Chino at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Damien)
Glendora vs. Ayala at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Ramirez (Pomona)
Firebaugh at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sierra Vista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Friday’s games
Charter Oak at Los Altos 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Diamond Ranch vs. Wilson at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Ramirez (Diamond Ranch)
El Monte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Ramirez (Mountain View)
Rosemead at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
South El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Duarte at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Ramirez (Bassett)
Gladstone at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)
Workman vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Nogales at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (West Covina)
South Hills at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South Hills); Ramirez (South Hills)
Notre Dame at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Ramirez (Notre Dame)
Diamond Bar at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Ramirez (Chino Hills)
Covina vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
San Dimas at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Walnut at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Ramirez (Walnut)



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Know-everything blogger Joe Amat gives his take on Bishop Amat’s playoff chances

Joe Amat wrote: While I still strongly feel if Amat happens to finish 3rd in the Serra they will again be the At-Large representative in the Pac5 – upon further review (sound like a replay official!) the way CIF determines strength of schedule (by opponents record) it is closer than it initially appears to be on the surface. “smallcitymc” and tcbruin” have expressed some concern that I’ve tried to put to rest (and still feel fairly confident) but seeing that CIF does not go “next level” by looking at *opponents-opponents record* to determine SOS their concern is “somewhat” warranted. Their process makes a game against a school like Corona Del Mar (who is winless in a weak Pacific Coast league) worth more than playing Loyola(whose schedule was off the charts) or LB Wilson worth as much as Crespi.(both could be 6-4 at seasons end). However, everyone knows who is stronger in both cases. To continue reading click thread

CIF’s tiebreaker for wild-cards is as follows
(a) Head-to-head competition of teams under consideration (4 points)
(b) Overall strength of the league from which the team is entered (1 point)
(c) Overall win-loss record (1 point)
(d) Strength against common opponents (1 point)
(e) Strength of schedule (2 points, using overall win-loss record of opponents)

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Boys Water Polo: Damien the area’s lone team in semifinals

Wednesday’s semifinals
Division 3

Murrieta Valley vs. Damien, 7:30 p.m., Mt. SAC
Laguna Beach vs. Montebello, 6 p.m., Mt. SAC

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Damien, Walnut and Bonita high schools featured the top three boys water polo teams in the area this fall, and all three received favorable draws when the CIF- Southern Section released divisional playoff pairings Sunday. All three received top-four seeds, with Bonita getting the No.3 seed in Division 5 and Damien and Walnut, which both advanced to the divisional semifinals last season, receiving No. 4 seeds in Divisions 3 and 6, respectively. To Continue, click thread

Boys Water Polo
All games begin at 3 p.m.

Tuesday’s games
Division III wild-card
Glendora at Yucaipa
Division V first round
Charter Oak bye
Bonita bye
Division VI first round
Rowland at Hoover
Pasadena at Nogales
Walnut bye
Wednesday’s games
Division III first round
Bell Gardens at Damien

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Sunday Tribbin: More Bracketology from the Guru, who looks at the Southeast and Mid-Valley

Anything and anyone you want to talk about

Guru Says: Folks, I’ve been doing this stuff for six years and I can’t remember a year that is as much of a mess as this division as we go into week 10. To read his breakdown, click thread

Game of the week? there are three to choose from, you decide. Notre Dame at Bishop Amat, South Hills at Rowland, or San Dimas at Baldwin Park?

Who’s No. 1: The question has to be answered now that Bishop Amat lost. Has Charter Oak been good enough lately to reclaim their top spot? Or is the Lancers’ body of work just too strong?

Athletes of the week: Looking for nominations for boys and girls athletes of the week.

Thursday’s games
Chino at Damien, 7 p.m.
Glendora vs. Ayala at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m.
Firebaugh at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games
Charter Oak at Los Altos 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Wilson at Ganesha, 7 p.m.
El Monte at Mountain View, 7 p.m.
Rosemead at Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
South El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Duarte at Bassett, 7 p.m.
Gladstone at La Puente, 7 p.m.
Workman vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Nogales at West Covina, 7 p.m.
South Hills at Rowland, 7 p.m.
Notre Dame at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Covina vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m.
Walnut at Bonita, 7 p.m.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: South Hills eliminates Walnut from playoffs, 48-27; Bishop Amat drops from undefeated ranks, 38-25

Saturday’s result
Diamond Ranch 30, Los Altos 10 — The Conqs clinch the second spot in the Miramonte, should be another dangerous playoff opponent.

Tonight’s results
South Hills 48, Walnut 27 — The Huskies jump out to a 41-0 lead keyed by Geoffrey Vaughns’ two interceptions. The Mustangs scored 27 unanswered late.
Crespi 38, Bishop Amat 25 — The Lancers trailed 21-3 and fought to get back in it, but they gave up too many points to claw all the way back. It’s not the end of the world, they can still clinch a share of the Serra title next week with a win at home against Notre Dame, who beat Loyola 45-14.
Damien 52, Diamond Bar 3 — The Spartans are not just winning, they’re flexing their muscles and getting ready to clinch at least a share of the Sierra title.
Arroyo 57, Mountain View 7 — The Knights actually trailed 7-0 before going on a 57-point run.
Rosemead 52, El Monte 20 — Matt Fregoso had 370 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns. Can you say player of the week?
Rowland 42, Nogales 20 – The Raiders only led 14-13 at half, then pulled away and clinched a playoff spot.
Gladstone 42, Bassett 6 — The Gladiators needed this to stay in playoff contention while eliminating the Olympians at the same time.
La Puente 41, Sierra Vista 7 – If not for their lone loss to Azusa, what would you be saying about the way the Warriors handled everyone else?
Workman 23, Duarte 0 — The only surprise was how close the score was.
Chino Hills 14, Ayala 7 – Just thought I would share it with you.
Glendora 28, Chino 10 – The Tartans take care of business, can clinch a share of the Sierra and a playoff spot with a win at home against Ayala.
San Dimas 49, Northview 24 – It’s official, we can start getting ready for next week’s showdown at Baldwin Park for the VVL title.
Covina 7, Pomona 2 — Sounds like a Colts baseball score, but anyways, this probably does clinch a playoff spot.
Bonita 47, Wilson 3 -- The Bearcats take care of business to keep their playoff hopes alive.
South El Monte 28, Gabrielino 3 – The Eagles not only clinched a playoff spot, but will play for a piece of the MVL against Arroyo next week.

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Steve took a ride to the beach to check out the Glendora girls field hockey team, who finished third in the Tournament of Champions


By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
HUNTINGTON BEACH
- Glendora High School didn’t win a pseudo CIF-Southern Section field hockey title. But the Tartans earned a pretty good consolation prize Thursday. Amy Sefton scored a goal and had three assists and Glendora scored a 4-1 victory over Fountain Valley in the third-place game of the Los Angeles Field Hockey Association Tournament of Champions at Edison High School. To continue, click thread

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