How far can Arroyo go in the Mid-Valley Division?
Tribune Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (8-0) – Wouldn’t it be great if they defeated Crespi on the road. Think about the atmosphere next week when they would be going for 10-0 at home for first place in the Serra against reigning champion Notre Dame. It doesn’t get much better than that. But first things, first.
2. Charter Oak (8-1) – People keep asking, do you still think Charter Oak would beat Bishop Amat on a neutral field? I’m stubborn enough to say yes, but also realize how foolish that sounds. I don’t know why people still keep knocking the Chargers, they’re only 22-1-1 since last year.
3. South Hills (6-2) - The Huskies are the sleeper nobody is talking about. We will find out just how polished they’re with Walnut and Rowland next, but my guess is they will blow out both and go into the playoffs with a head of steam.
4. San Dimas (7-1) – If not for the loss against the Mid-Valley’s No. 1 Monrovia, they would look so unstoppable on paper. Seriously, they’re winning by a 28-point margin with three straight shutouts. That’s just sick.
5. Baldwin Park (7-1) – You gotta love that everytime San Dimas comes up with a statement victory, the Braves answer. I can’t wait for the Valle Vista league finale.
6. West Covina (5-4) - I guarantee the Bulldogs will be the team nobody wants to face in the first round of the Southeast playoffs. I know they have four losses, but that was a lot of injuries ago.
7. Rowland (7-1) – The Raiders got handled by West Covina, but they still have a shot at the San Antonio league title in the finale against South Hills. A loss, which is more likely, drops them to third.
8. Damien (3-5) — The Spartans are nowhere to be found in the Central Rankings, and for a very good five-loss reason. But they’re in the best position to finish strong, and regardless of the rankings, they have a chance to grab the league’s top seed with victories over Diamond Bar and Chino.
9. Glendora (5-3) — Quarterback Chad Jeffries stepped up and had a monster game in their upset over Chino Hills. The Tartans should beat Chino this week, then can play for a tie of the Sierra League title against Ayala in the finale.
10. Azusa (8-1) — The back-to-back Montview League champions are sitting pretty as the No. 3 seed in the Mid-Valley Division. We all talk about the great job Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty is doing, but Aztecs coach Joe Scherf deserves coach of the year consideration too.
The Middle 10
11. Walnut (6-2), 12. Arroyo (6-2), 13. La Puente (6-2), 14. Gladstone (6-2), 15. Diamond Ranch (2-6), 16. Bonita (2-5), 17. Workman (5-3), 18. Los Altos (3-5), 19. Pomona (5-3), 20. Rosemead (3-5).
On the bottom looking up
21. Covina (3-5), 22. Sierra Vista (4-4), 23. Wilson (2-6), 24. Nogales (2-6), 25. Bassett (3-5), 26. South El Monte (2-6), 27. Diamond Bar (1-7), 28. Ganesha (1-7), 29. Northview (1-7), 30. El Monte (0-8), 31. Mountain View (0-8), 32. Duarte (0-8)
The view from Diamond Ranch High School after a brush fire broke out on Tuesday….