Note: Inland and Pac-5 predictions on Wednesday.
Fred’s explanation: With all due respect to No. 2 La Serna, a 9-1 giant just like West Covina and Bonita, I’ll take our side of town against their side of town on any given Friday. It’s as simple as that. Am I taking a 6-4 Burroughs seriously at the No. 4 seed? Not really, I have them falling in the second round. Am I taking a 7-3 La Mirada seriously as the No. 3 seed? No, I’m taking Muir in a first-round upset after the way the Mustangs handled PHS in the Turkey Tussle, plus the Mustangs are great in this situation, almost knocking off No. 1 Charter Oak in the first round last year. I am taking the team that should have been seeded, Bonita, whose only loss came against West Covina and should be at least the No. 4 seed. Heck, if Amat could get a No. 4 seed over league champ Long Beach Poly because of strength of schedule, then why aren’t the Bearcats No. 4 with a win over Claremont and only loss to the top team? In any case, that’s why I like West Covina and Bonita to meet in the championship again, they’re the two best after the way Bonita took care of Diamond Ranch in the finale, and they also have everyone healthy. But in the end, West Covina has too many horse’s. What happened in October (a 55-21 win over Bonita) will happen again in December, sort of like waiting for a Charter Oak-Diamond Ranch rematch and knowing what the outcome will be. Normally I would like La Mirada’s chances, but this isn’t one of their great teams, and they’ve had great teams. La Serna is always tough too, I just like Bonita’s nine wins better than La Serna’s nine wins.
Southeast Division Predictions
Top Seeds: 1. West Covina (9-1), 2. La Serna (9-1), 3. La Mirada (7-3), 4. Burbank Burroughs (6-4).
Unseeded Sleepers: Diamond Ranch, Muir, Bonita, Walnut, Arcadia
Southeast Division Division
Bellflower (Suburban 4) at No. 1 West Covina (9-1) – WCovina
Burbank (7-3) at Santa Fe (6-4) — Burbank
Diamond Ranch (5-5) at Mayfair (6-4) — Mayfair
El Rancho (6-4) at No. 4 Burroughs (6-4) — Burroughs
Muir (6-4) at No. 3 La Mirada (7-3) — Muir
California (3-7) at Bonita (9-1) — Bonita
Norwalk (6-4) at Arcadia (7-3) — Arcadia
Walnut (6-4) at No. 2 La Serna (9-1) — La Serna
West Covina over Burbank
Burroughs over Mayfair
Bonita over Muir
La Serna over Arcadia
West Covina over Burroughs
Bonita over La Serna
West Covina over Bonita