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.
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.
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.
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.
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.