CIF Preseason Polls: Defending champ San Dimas on top; the rest of the Valley has a lot to prove

At the end of the day, the only polls that matter are the CIF-Southern Section polls, which are used to determine seeds come playoff time. In the case of the Mid-Valley Division, rankings mean even more. All six leagues are only guaranteed two playoff teams, meaning four at-large will be selected to form the 16-team playoff pool. With that said, here is your CIF-SS Preseason poll.

Mid-Valley Division
1. San Dimas, 2. Monrovia, 3. Cerritos Valley Christian, 4. Schurr, 5. Arroyo, 6. Whittier Christian, 7. Azusa, 8. Village Christian, 9. Rosemead, 10. San Marino. Others: San Gabriel, Baldwin Park, Bell Gardens, La Puente, Alhambra, Covina.
Robledo’s thoughts: No love for Baldwin Park, and opening with Rowland and facing South Hills could hurt the Braves’ playoff chances if they don’t finish at least second in the VVL. Rosemead was finally given some respect by starting in the top ten, other than that, looks pretty solid.

Southeast Division
1. La Mirada, 2. Norwalk, 3. Burbank, 4. Diamond Ranch, 5. West Covina, 6. Santa Fe, 7, Muir, 8. La Serna, 9. Mayfair, 10. Rowland. Others: California, El Rancho, Bonita, Burroughs, Arcadia, Bellflower.
Robledo’s thoughts: Either we’re homers for thinking this is West Covina and Diamond Ranch’s division to lose, or the section knows way more than we do. You can’t argue with La Mirada, they’re legit, and Norwalk is top four, but Burbank at No. 3? In all honesty, this is a tough division to pick because the Suburban is just as tough if not better than the Hacienda, so we shall see.

Inland Division
1. Chaparral, 2. Vista Murrieta, 3. Corona Centennial, 4. Chino Hills, 5. Charter Oak, 6. Upland, 7. Norco, 8. Redlands East Valley, 9. Redlands, 10. Rancho Cucamonga: Others: Roosevelt, Murrieta Valley, South Hills, Los Osos, A.B. Miller and Corona Santiago.
Robledo’s thoughts: Look at the teams in the others, they’re pretty scary too. We knew with the area’s top teams not named Bishop Amat going to the Inland that this would be a tough division to handicap, but no Glendora (unbelievable) and no Damien (understood). That just boggles my mind. And honestly, how can you argue the rankings with the teams in this pool. The division is that sick. Having said that, if we get at least one area team into the semifinals among these giants, we’re doing pretty darn good. BTW, to the blogger who calls himself Norco, you must be rolling over ranked behind Chino Hills and Charter Oak after all that talk.

Pac-5 Division
1. Mission Viejo, 2. Mater Dei, 3. Servite, 4. Long Beach Poly, 5. Lakewood, 6. Los Alamitos, 7. Edison, 8. Bishop Amat, 9. Newport Harbor, 10. San Clemente. Others: Orange Lutheran, Crespi, Dana Hills, Loyola, St. John Bosco, Long Beach Wilson.
Robledo’s thoughts: Here’s all you need to know, Bishop Amat is in the conversation, now it’s on them to climb the ladder.

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  • Norco

    Fred……How about lets make a little wager? Chino Hills is overated…But I bet Norco finishes ahead of both those schools when it is all said and done, and CH, CH,SH or Glendora won`t sniff the semi finals this year? You game?

  • FredJ

    Gambling’s illegal at Bushwood sir…:)

  • Norco

    We can make an e-beat….dinner at Morton’s…Also you will see Chino Hills is overrated…I also had a chance to watch Tesoro scrimmage Los Alamitos…Charter Oak is in trouble…

  • Clarification

    Tesoro plays South Hills and Chino Hills

    Esperanza plays CO

  • Norco

    You will get a chance to see first hand for yourself if Norco is any good next week…Get your Tivo ready

    Only Norco in prime time this season

    Norco will host a football game on Sept. 10 against Los Angeles Crenshaw that will be telecastLIVE at 8:30 p.m. on Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket. It is the only Inland game ticketed for TV …

  • FredJ

    Bishop Amat, Crespi also on Fox.. what do you finishes ahead, you mean advance further in the playoffs should any of them advance…Let’s just wait and see if they meet up in the first round by chance.

  • Aaron

    Fred the week of the 15th is a bye for game of the week on Fox Prime Ticket, so no Crespi game there. However like a few other Amat home games I’m sure IBN sports will be broadcasting that one live.

  • Norco

    Here is the entire schedule:

    Sept. 3: Gardena Serra at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 10:30 p.m. tape delayed; Sept. 10: L.A. Crenshaw at Norco, 8:30 p.m., Sept. 16: Thousand Oaks at Westlake, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 24: Huntington Beach Edison vs. Anaheim Servite at Cerritos College, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 1: Westlake Village Westlake at Oaks Christian, 8:30 p.m.

    Oct. 8: Long Beach Poly vs. Lakewood at Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 22: Ventura St. Bonaventure at Thousand Oaks, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29: Santa Ana Mater Dei vs. Servite at Angels Stadium, 10 p.m. tape delayed, Nov. 5: TBA. Nov. 11: Los Alamitos vs. Edison at Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

    FSN has added an Inland Empire game to its regular-season TV schedule. It will air the game between Vista Murrieta and Temecula Chaparral on Oct. 14.

  • good point

    “Here’s all you need to know, Bishop Amat is in the conversation”

    Amat is “in the conversation” in one of the best league in the country. Period.

  • Norco…get a life.

    Norco,
    Why don’t you spend your time belittling people on the press enterprizes bulletin boards. How can you say Chino Hills is overrated? They return all of their key starters including Ifo Ekpre Olomu (who is probably the best all around player in the inland empire). The will have little drop off at the qb position. Andrew Chavez had a great summer at QB helping CH win the 30 team Bonita tournament and place 3rd in the Claremont tourney. You may have saw they CH scrimmage. Did you notice how many starters we not in the line up? Did you notice how many blitzes the defense did? They kept it as vanilla as they could. They were missing 2 of their starting linemen including their best one, Nick Enriquez. I will agree CH will have it tough in the playoffs, but so will EVERYONE who makes it past the first round in this division…..It is probably the 2nd or 3rd toughest division in the state.
    You also talk your nonsense about how CH couldn’t hang in the division the last time they were there. In ’06 Norco beat CH 34-29 on a punt return…..It was their closest game they had on their way to the CIF championship. So tell me how they didn’t belong????? Seriously, get a life dude!

  • Joe Amat

    Plenty if chances to watch the Lancers this year.

    1-Oct Bishop Amat Cathedral IBN web
    8-Oct Venice Bishop Amat IBN web
    15-Oct Crespi Bishop Amat IBN/LIVE
    22-Oct Bishop Amat Loyola IBN web
    29-Oct Notre Dame Bishop Amat Time Warner Cable
    12-Nov Bishop Amat Alemany IBN web

    Oct 15th is still listed as a BYE on Fox. No idea if that could change. If so – we might hear Geeter and JJ debate over Amat/Crespi again.

  • Norco

    Two things…

    1)In O6 Norco went in as a “wildcard”
    2)Chino Hills was not Norco toughest game in the playoffs…Redlands was…Game went into overtime…

    And as a TEAM….CH is OVERATED

  • Norco

    Times Football: Preseason rankings

    Football: Preseason rankings

    September 2, 2010 | 11:05 am
    1. Mission Viejo

    2. Westlake

    3. Servite

    4. Lakewood

    5. Long Beach Poly

    6. Los Alamitos

    7. St. Bonaventure

    8. Gardena Serra

    9. Chaparral

    10. Crenshaw

    11. Oaks Christian

    12. Corona Centennial

    13. Norco

    14. Vista Murietta

    15. Bishop Amat

    16. Crespi

    17. Loyola

    18. La Habra

    19. Thousand Oaks

    20. Mira Costa

    21. Orange Lutheran

    22. Chino Hills

    23. Alemany

    24. Mater Dei

    25. Edison

    –Ben Bolch

  • AMAT 73

    The one thing that jumps out with all these rankings is we really need to wait until mid season before we get a good feel for where the teams really belong in ranking order. . CIF has MD 2nd in the PAC – 5 and the Times has them at 24th . Go figure that one out.

  • Norco

    AMAT 73….

    I honestly believe MD is right where they should be…we all know it begins and ends in the trenches…and MD has nothing but a bunch of Umpa Lumpas on the OL…

  • 75silverwind

    On Aug 26 you predict the Wilson will come in 3rd and Covina will come in 4th – and yet you mention Covina here and no mention of Wilson – and to make it worse – you list La Puente, Wilson annihilated La puente on both sides of the ball during 7-on-7, of course everyone around here says that doesnt mean anything – but it wasnt even close not even a match during the summer

  • AMAT 73

    Norco,
    Don’t know exactly what you mean by umpa lumpa but I know you are a big fan of the 6 foot something 250 plus pound lineman. That looks all good on paper but unless they can play it dosen’t mean squat.You know as well as I do if there is no execution and dicipline on that line forgetaboutit . In all the years I have seen MD regardless of size their OL’s have always been able to get the job done .Very well coached and have a heck of a system and program and one of the greats in Rollo. Either way that is a heck of spread in two polls which I think speaks volumes on preseason polls. Just total speculation on what the eyes looking see.

  • Upset Week 0

    So, 4 out of the top 5 in the Southeast Div lose their openers? Weak. Oh but they scheduled big! St. Paul took out La Mirada. Never count the little school out. Thats why these games are played out on the field. All these know it alls can’t measure the heart in them childrens souls! Now what suckas?

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