Mid-Valley Division predictions: Yes Monrovia, I do believe in a rematch with San Dimas, but this time the Saints go marching on

Note: Southeast Division predictions on Tuesday.

Fred’s explanation: The biggest game comes in the second round when Monrovia meets Paraclete, and Monrovia will have to beat them on the road. I know I said earlier in the year I would take Paraclete, but they way they lost in their season finale leads me toward Monrovia. I hear Paraclete had five or six fumbles in that loss, but I also believe that Monrovia’s swagger will be good enough, just hope it isn’t snowing up there. Baldwin Park and Arroyo both love their draw, and are probably glad they could get each other in the quarters. This is a toss-up, but I’m leaning toward the Knights and that aerial attack. But neither will get past Monrovia in the semifinals. On the bottom half, the only team that could stop San Dimas is Cerritos Valley Christian in the second round. I don’t know much about them, but they did beat Paraclete, which is scary enough, but I still like the Saints. The weakest pairing of four is Azusa, Covina, Rosemead and San Marino, and I may take some stuff for this, but I like Rosemead to come out of it, and this time lose in a big way in a rematch with San Dimas, a game the Panthers won in last year’s playoffs. A Monrovia-San Dimas championship will be special. The Cats will not run them off the field like they did at home earlier in the year. San Dimas will have learned, adjusted, and will take home a championship trophy, just like baseball, where I picked them to win too, even though everyone picked Bishop Amat to meet Northview in the championship.

Mid-Valley Division Predictions

Top Seeds: 1. Monrovia (10-0), 2. San Dimas (9-1), 3. Azusa (9-1), 4. Arroyo (8-2).
Unseeded Sleepers: Baldwin Park, Rosemead, San Marino, Cerritos Valley Christian

Top Bracket
South El Monte 3-7 (MVL 3) at No. 1 Monrovia 10-0 (Rio Hondo 1)
Paraclete 6-4 (Olympic 2) at La Puente 7-3 (Montview 2)
Gladstone 7-3 (Montview 3) at Baldwin Park 8-2 (Valle Vista 2)
Whittier Christian 7-3 (Olympic 3) at No. 4 Arroyo 8-2 (MVL 1)
Bottom Bracket
Covina 5-4 (Valle Vista 3) at No. 3 Azusa 9-1 (Montview 1)
Rosemead 5-5 (MVL 2) at San Marino 8-2 (Rio Hondo 2)
La Canada 5-4 (Rio Hondo 3) at Cerritos Valley Christian 7-3 (Olympic 1)
Workman 6-4 (Montview 4) at No. 2 San Dimas 9-1 (Valle Vista 1)

Quarterfinals
Top Bracket
Monrovia vs. Paraclete
Baldwin Park vs. Arroyo
Bottom Bracket
Azusa vs. Rosemead
Cerritos Valley Christian vs. San Dimas
Semifinals
Monrovia vs. Arroyo
Rosemead vs. San Dimas
Championship
San Dimas over Monrovia

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Cross Country: CIF Finals on 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

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

Said Ramsey: Saturday’s CIF Cross Country Prelims was an exceptionally strong day for Trib area athletes. On the girls side, Bonita and St. Lucy’s advanced as expected, while the South Hills boys had a big come-through performance to advance. The Glendora boys were the top seed in their heat, but turned in the top overall performance in Div. II, and their 78:44 is probably the best team performance ever by a Trib area team. (To continue, click thread)

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Central Division predictions: It’s going to be Rancho Cucamonga again, beating surprise finalist Damien in the finals; Glendora out in round 1

Note: Pac-5 Division on Tuesday.

Fred’s explanation: I’m going to take a lot of slack for this and will hear all the homer protesters, but why not a Damien-Rancho Cucamonga rematch in the championship? From 1-16, this is a wide open division, so I look at the matchups. Damien will have its hands full in the first round, but if they get past Upland, facing Colony and potentially Elsinore, Etiwanda or Chino Hills down the line are all winnable games. I look at how well teams are playing now, not in September, and the Spartans have allowed just ten points in their final four wins. Glendora has an awful matchup, Rancho Cucamonga is still the best team in the division, despite two losses, one by three points, the other in overtime. I would have liked Glendora’s chances with a healthy Andre Holmes, but to get Rancho followed by the top seed is a lot to ask, which is why I have their season ending early.

Central Division Predictions
Top Seeds: 1. Colton (9-1), 2. Colony (9-1), 3. Elinore (8-2), 4. Los Osos (6-4).
Unseeded Sleepers: Glendora, Damien, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland.

Central Division:
Top Bracket

Don Lugo 6-4 (Mt. Baldy 3) at No. 1 Colton 9-1 (San Andreas 1)
Rancho Cucamonga 8-2 (Baseline 3) at Glendora 7-3 (Sierra 2)
Chaffey 6-4 (Mt. Baldy 2) at West Valley 6-4 (Sunbelt 2)
Arroyo Valley 7-3 (San Andreas 3) at No. 4 Los Osos 6-4 (Baseline 1)
Bottom Bracket
Chino Hills 8-2 (Sierra 3) at No. 4 Elsinore 8-2 (Sunbelt 1)
Cajon 7-3 (San Andreas 2) at 7-3 Etiwanda (Baseline 2)
Upland 8-2 (Baseline at-large) at Damien 5-5 (Sierra 1)
Paloma Valley 6-4 (Sunbelt 3) at No. 2 Colony 9-1 (Mt. Baldy 1)

Quarterfinals
Top Bracket
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Colton
Los Osos vs. West Valley
Bottom Bracket
Etiwanda vs. Elsinore
Colony vs. Damien

Semifinals
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Los Osos
Elsinore vs. Damien

Championship
Rancho Cucamonga over Damien

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Thursday night: Azusa will host Covina at Citrus; Diamond Ranch at Burroughs

Because Glendora is playing a home game against Rancho Cucamonga in the first round of the Central playoffs on Friday, Azusa will host Covina on Thursday at Citrus College at 7 p.m., in a Mid-Valley Division first-round game. Diamond Ranch also has been moved to Thursday against Burroughs at 7:30 p.m. I don’t know about you, but this is a good thing. We can make them much bigger games and the Valley can get out and watch a playoff football on Thursday night.

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

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: 18-1/163-37
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 17-2/149-51

Last Week: After last week’s perfect 18-0 mark, I went 18-1 this past week, giving me a three-week record of 51-2, the best run in history predicting games. I picked the Bishop Amat upset over Notre Dame, the only game I lost was taking Bonita over Walnut, which Steve guessed correctly. Steve’s losses were Bishop Amat and taking Mountain View over El Monte.
Thursday’s CIF-first round predictions
Mid-Valley
Covina at Azusa — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Southeast
Diamond Ranch at Burroughs — Robledo (Diamond Ranch); Ramirez (Burroughs)

Friday’s CIF-first round predictions
Pac-5 Division
Mater Dei at Bishop Amat — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
Central Division
Rancho Cucamonga at Glendora — Robledo (Rancho); Ramirez (Rancho)
Upland at Damien — Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Upland)
Chino Hills at Elsinore — Robledo (Elsinore); Ramirez (Chino Hills)
Mid-Valley Division
South El Monte at Monrovia — Robledo (Monrovia); Ramirez (Monrovia)
Paraclete at La Puente — Robledo (Paraclete); Ramirez (Paraclete)
Gladstone at Baldwin Park — Robledo (Baldwin Park); Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Whittier Christian at Arroyo — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Rosemead at San Marino — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Workman at San Dimas — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Southeast Division
Muir at Charter Oak — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
San Gabriel at West Covina — Robledo (West Covina); Ramirez (West Covina)
Rowland at California — Robledo (California); Ramirez (Rowland)
Bonita at South Hills — Robledo (South Hills); Ramirez (South Hills)

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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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