Mid-Valley Football: Should you schedule tough opponents, or play cupcakes?

We’ve talked a lot about what it means for Charter Oak, South Hills, Damien and Glendora going to the powerful Inland Division, but the Mid-Valley Division is controversial because of the way playoff berths are handed out. The Valle Vista and Montview Leagues have seven teams, but only two teams from each league are guaranteed playoff spots, with the rest vying for the precious four at-large berths. The question is, how will CIF choose the at-large berths? Looking at how CIF ranked teams and how they were seeded in previous years, a team like Azusa was rewarded for a great overall record though they didn’t play anyone significant. Meanwhile, teams like Paraclete, San Dimas, Arroyo, Rosemead and others scheduled up in recent years and when they did lose, they paid the price in CIF rankings. You see a team like San Dimas playing Rancho Cucamonga and Monrovia next year, making you wonder if it’s worth it now. What if they have an injury or screw up in league, finish in a tie for second and lose a coin flip. They could be out if they have a not-so-impressive overall record. Diamond Ranch isn’t in the Mid-Valley, but they’re a perfect example of a team that schedules way up and loses in preparation for the playoffs, but if you tried that in the new Valle Vista and finished third, you would never get an at-large with a 4-6 or 3-7 record. If I’m one of the powerful teams in the Mid-Valley, it almost makes no sense anymore to schedule more than one tough team. You’re better off taking a page from Azusa and notching as many wins as you can before you start league. Aram is working on a story involving appeals, with the Valle Vista certain to appeal this new format, but if it remains like this, what would you do, continue to schedule up, or get as many wins as you could?

MID-VALLEY DIVISION
12 ENTRIES + 4 AT-LARGE
ALMONT
MISSION VALLEY
MONTVIEW
OLYMPIC
RIO HONDO
VALLE VISTA

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Baseball Rankings: Bishop Amat, South Hills and Glendora still look like the best

I know it looks like Edgewood, but it’s actually Bishop Amat on St. Patty’s Day …

Tribune Baseball Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (9-1)
2. South Hills (7-1)
3. Glendora (8-1)
4. Diamond Bar (6-3)
5. Walnut (6-1-1)
6. Damien (5-3)
7. Bonita (5-2-1)
8. Los Altos (8-2)
9. Northview (5-2-1)
10. San Dimas (5-3)

CIF-Baseball Rankings
Division 2: 1. Crespi, 2. Glendora, 3. Yucaipa, 4. Bellflower, 5. El Toro, 6. Palos Verdes, 7. Redlands East Valley, 8. Alemany, 9. Canyon Springs, 10. Mayfair.
Division 3: 1. Beckman, 2. South Hills, 3. San Gorgonio, 4. Los Altos, 5. Orange, 6. Alhambra, 7. Montebello, 8. Walnut, 9. La Quinta, 10. Westminster.
Division 4: 1. Bishop Amat, 2. Torrance, 3. Sonora, 4. Palm Desert, 5. Santa Ana Calvary Baptist, 6. Northview, 7. St. Paul, 8. Monrovia, 9. Barstow, 10. Oaks Christian.

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Softball Rankings: Covina, Arroyo climb up Trib Poll; San Dimas drops out of CIF polls

TRIBUNE RANKINGS
1. Glendora (9-1)
2. Bonita (10-1-1)
3. Covina (6-1)
4. Arroyo (9-1)
5. West Covina (8-3)
6. South Hills (7-3)
7. Los Altos (5-3)
8. San Dimas (4-3)
9. Charter Oak (8-6)
10. Northview (6-3)

CIF-SS Rankings
Division 3:
1. Ayala, 2. Glendora, 3. Tesoro, 4. Bonita, 5. Colton, 6. Cajon, 7. Chino, 8., Atascadero, 9. La Reina, 10. Downey
Division 4: 1. North Torrance, 2. Torrance, 3. Paloma Valley, 4. La Quinta, 5. Santa Monica, 6. Aquinas, 7. Hesperia, 8. Segerstrom, 9. Bishop Amat, 10. El Segunodo.
Division 5: 1. Village Christian, 2. La Canada, 3. Riverside Christian, 4. West Covina, 5. Savanna, 6. South Hills, 7. Heritage, 8. Whittier Christian, 9. Northview, 10. Monrovia.
Division 6: 1. 1. Marymount, 2. San Gabriel Mission, 3. South El Monte, 4. Mararnatha, 5. La Salle, 6. Arroyo, 7. Grace Brethren, 8. Oxford Academy, 9. Ramona Convent, 10. Nordoff.

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All CIF-SS Basketball teams released, Baldwin Park coach Marc Hart earns only coach of the year honors; CJ Cooper 5AA player of the year

The All-CIF basketball teams have been announced, locally here is who made it.
All CIF-SS Boys Basketball
Division 2AA
– Calvin Smith, Glendora, 1st team
Division 2A – Chris Adams, Damien, 1st team; Chris Reyes, Damien, 1st team; Fernie Morelos, Baldwin Park, Second Team; Coach of the year, Marc Hart, Baldwin Park.
Division 3A – Evan Barr, Charter Oak, 1st team; James northup, Bonita, 1st team
Division 4AA – Daniel Rodriguez, Bishop Amat, 1st team; Tyler Goldston, Bishop Amat, 2nd team.; Chris Barbato, San Dimas, 2nd team.
Division 4A: Bobby Miles, Workman, 2nd team.
Division 5AA: CJ Cooper, La Verne Lutheran, Player of the year; Grant Jerrett, La Verne Lutheran, 1st team.

All CIF-SS Girls Basketball
Division 2A:
Erika Williams, Diamond Ranch, 1st team; Erica Greer, Diamond Ranch, 2nd team
Division 3AA: Arielle Wideman, Bishop Amat, 1st team; Leticia Galarza, Bishop Amat, 2nd team.
Division 3A: Taylor Anderson, Bonita, 1st team; Madison Zylstra, Bonita, 1st team; Melinda Gomez, South Hills, 1st team; Naijah Calhoun, Wilson, 2nd team.

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Boys Soccer All-Area: Rowland’s Henry Calistro player of the year; Mountain View coaching staff earns coach of the year honors

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Mountain View has become the mecca of high school boys soccer in the San Gabriel Valley.
The Vikings made history earlier this month by winning their second consecutive CIF-Southern Section Division 6 title. It was the Vikings’ third divisional championship since 2005 as they became just the second team in Valley history to win back-to-back boys soccer titles. The only other school to do it was Diamond Bar, which won consecutive Division 3-A titles in 1987 and ’88. (To continue, click thread.)

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Tribune Boys Soccer All-Area
Coach of the year: Severo Juarez/Javier Aguiniga , Mountain View
Player of the year: Henry Calistro, Rowland, Sr.
First Team
Forward: Luis Fuentes, Sierra Vista, Sr.
Forward: Julio Fernandez, Mountain View, Sr.
Forward: Edgar Padilla, Baldwin Park, Sr.
Midfield: Jose Ramirez, Mountain View, Sr.
Midfield: Alan De La Rosa, Los Altos, Sr.
Midifiled: Jeremy Bishop, Glendora, Sr.
Midfield: Paul Dewhurst, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
Defender: Luis Pinedo, Los Altos, Sr.
Defender: Jose Pacheco, Baldwin Park, Sr.
Defender: Alex Hernandez, La Puente, Sr.
Goalkeeper: Freddy Salazar, Baldwin Park, Sr.

Second Team
Forward: Matt Jean, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Forward: Elvis Ordena, Northview, Sr.
Forward: Josh Luevanos, Glendora, Jr.
Midfielder: Estevan Munoz, Duarte, Sr.
Midfielder: Diego Rodriguez, Mountain View, Sr.
Midfielder: Juan Molina, Sierra Vista, Sr.
Midfielder: Rafael Murillo, Baldwin Park, Sr.
Defender: Max Shih, Glendora, Sr.
Defender: Fabian Villasenor, Mountain View, Sr.
Defender: Rafael Espinoza, El Monte, Sr.
Goalkeeper: Oswaldo Martinez, Mountain View, Jr.

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