Just Tribbin is anything and anyone you want to talk about. But I thought I would start it off by asking who has the best chance of winning a title in their division?
1. West Covina (5-1), No. 1 Southeast: If you’re telling me Arcadia has the best chance of stopping them, then yes, the Bulldogs have the best chance of winning and going back-to-back. They would have to make mistakes for someone to beat them. WestCo at its best is better than anyone else at their best.
2. Covina (6-1), No. 2 Mid Valley: Recent scores don’t support it, but I’m remembering how they battled West Covina and blew out its next couple opponents before Billy Livingston was injured. When healthy and firing again, I like their chances over San Dimas and Monrovia.
3. San Dimas (5-1), No. 3 Mid Valley: They could climb to No. 1 with a win over Covina, especially a convincing win over the Colts. But this will be more like the Bonita game, the Colts’ defense is too physical for them.
4. Los Altos (6-1), No. 5 Southeast — After West Covina, the Southeast is up for grabs. The Conqs won a big game over Diamond Ranch, and are back on track in the Hacienda.
5. Arroyo (5-1), No. 4 Mid-Valley: With a quarterback and all-around player like Steven Rivera, the Knights always have a shot. The Knights need to win the MVL and get a favorable draw, something they haven’t got in recent years.
6. Pomona (4-3), No. 10 Mid-Valley: After watching them against Northview, I’m convinced they’re a dangerous team with playmakers that could go on a run. They’re getting better each week and could peak come playoff time.
7. Diamond Ranch (3-4), NR, Southeast: What it did against Bonita and Diamond Bar proves it’s an on any given Friday type of team. If the Southeast wasn’t so watered down after West Covina and Arcadia, I wouldn’t rank them this high. But you and I know, the Ranch are capable of taking down the big boys.
8. Charter Oak (6-1), No. 6 Inland – The area’s top team also competes in what is arguably the Southland’s toughest division in 2011. However, if it runs the table and finishes 9-1, there’s a good chance they could climb to a top four ranking and seed. In the Inland, you need a great draw. Even so, and as great as the Chargers are locally, hard to imagine them winning a title with Corona Centennial, Upland and Vista Murrieta residing.
9. Bonita (2-4), No. 6 Southeast: I don’t care that they lost to Diamond Ranch and West Covina, they would have a shot, not a great one, but a shot if they played both again. With the teams left to rank, the Cats are in the mix.
10. Bishop Amat (5-2), No. 4 Pac 5: They have to make the playoffs first, which is a giant task after losing to Alemany. But the Serra and Pac-5 is strange, you never know who beats who from week to week. The lower divisions are more predictable in terms of chances of winning it, which is why Amat is ranked over the others. At least they have a punchers chance, even if it’s a small one.
The contenders: Rosemead, La Puente, Azusa, Diamond Bar, South Hills, Damien, Chino Hills, Rosemead and El Monte are all good, but I can’t envision a scenario where they have a better chance of running the table than the teams ranked ahead of them.