San Gabriel Valley All Encompassing Cross Country Team Rankings from Bob Ramsey

Ramsey’s Girls Rankings: Again, this is why we run the races. Arcadia ran very well in the tough Mt.SAC Team Sweepstakes, turning in the SGV’s best performance of the weekend. Unlike the boys, where several ranked team’s stumbled on the famous 2.93-mile course, the girls teams all either surged forward or held their places. Also unlike the boys, where there are some rather large gaps between teams in the rankings, the first five schools are very closely matched, as are the next four.
Mayfield, Glendora, and Claremont all had exceptional days, confirming their rankings. Walnut and Rosemead had excellent performances at the Invite to move into the rankings – the Mustangs will challenge #5 Bonita for the Hacienda League while the Panthers are heavy favorites in the Mission Valley. Flintridge Sacred Heart and El Rancho both ran well, but didn’t make the improvement needed to stay in the top ten, ranking very narrowly behind Rosemead, along with a resurgent Whittier.

All Encompassing SGV Girls Cross Country Rankings

1. Arcadia – Div. I (#3) – Arcadia rebounded from a tough week of racing twice over hard courses with the SGV’s best performance at Mt.SAC, improving by over 90 seconds from the previous week. They’ll face a tough League Finals challenge and will need to progress to stay tops in the SGV
2. Mayfield – Div. IV (#4) – Confirmed their quality with a solid third in the Div. IV sweeps and the best SGV time on Friday. The Cubs move from strength to strength as they’re ranked #2 in the CIF-SS this week.
3. Glendora – Div. II (#2) – A strong third in the first heat of the very tough Div. II races. Their tight 1-5 gap and strength at Mt.SAC will help them in the big races to come. Twice winners in the Baseline League, they’ll be challenged by Div. I ranked Rancho Cucamonga at Mt.SAC on Tuesday.
4. Claremont – Div. II (#8) – Confirmed their status as a team for tough courses with an excellent finish in the heat on Saturday afternoon. They’ll have to run well to advance out of the loaded Sierra League on Tuesday at Mt.SAC.
5. Bonita – Div. III (#1) – Choosing not to run Sweeps at Mt.SAC, the Bearcats won their heat early on Friday. Their performance was a very slight step back on a weekend where other teams surged forward. Could be challenged by Walnut at the Hacienda League Final.
6. La Caada – Div. III (#5) – Chose to run the flat Dog Days of Fall meet instead of Mt.SAC and were narrowly second there. They’ll have a league deciding rematch with South Pasadena at Lacy Park on Thursday.
7. Walnut – Div. I (NR) – Led by two frosh and a soph, the Mustangs are excellent up front, but will need 4-7 to get closer to contend. Nevertheless, an excellent 1-7 performance Saturday morning at Mt.SAC. Next, they’ll try to unseat Bonita from atop the Hacienda League at Mt.SAC on Thursday
8. South Hills – Div. III (#6) – A bit of an off day at Mt.SAC, but the Huskies are still ranked in Div. III, so they’ll receive and at-large CIF bid regardless of their finish at the Sierra League. Their scoring group has changed from week to week, they’ll need all five running well to advance at CIF.
9. South Pasadena – Div. III (#7) – Ran well at Mt.SAC in the Div. III sweeps, but their team time hides a pretty big 1-5 gap. As with several others, they’ve moved down because other teams have moved up.
10. Rosemead – Div. III (NR) – Dropped easily their best performance of the year at Mt.SAC to move into the final spot in the rankings, but they’ll need to take another big step to stay there.

Ramsey’s Boys Rankings: Arcadia holds the top spot in our second ranking of the 2011 season for San Gabriel Valley Cross Country. All of the SGV’s top teams ran at last weekend’s Mt.SAC Invitational, and the results created quite a bit of movement in the rankings. While the Apaches are still on top, their team depth is now merely really good rather than extraordinary, and so the gap to the new number two Damien – who had a strong performance on Friday – has narrowed.
Glendora, and California both had their first bad performances of the year, and fell in the rankings, but not quite as far as their results on Saturday would indicate. Both teams will need better League Finals results to just stay where they are. Div. V Flintridge Prep is the biggest surprise. They have run well all year, but it’s tough for a school from the smallest division to rank with the others. They finished an excellent third in the Div. V Sweeps at Mt.SAC with a performance that would have won almost any other year but this one. Los Altos also ran well enough to enter the CIF and SGV for the first time, but they are just barely ahead of Santa Fe and Claremont, teams ranked last time, along with Bonita.

1. Arcadia -Div. I (Last ranking #1) – Still tops in the SGV, and 2nd in CIF-SS Div. I. Lost for the first time since ’09 at Mt.SAC but were 2nd in a very strong field. Backed up by meet record wins at Woodbridge and Central Park, two Pacific League wins over a very strong Burbank team, and a big win at the national Bob Firman Invite in Idaho.
2. Damien – Div. III (#4) – Followed up up a league stumble with an excellent 4th place (and SGV #2 adjusted time) in the Div. III Sweeps at Mt.SAC. Excellent strength 1-3, 4-7 runners will determine their team’s destiny
3. Bosco Tech – Div. IV (#5) – The boss of Div. IV all year, the Tigers solidified their top spot with a Sweeps win at Mt.SAC. Tough league showdown ahead with Div. III Cathedral, but if they can continue to heal from their earlier injuries and illness they could run the table.
4. California – Div. I (#3) – Had an off day at Mt.SAC, but ran well up ’til then: fast at the Great Cow Run, two wins in the highly competitive Del Rio League meets and good trip to Clovis. Del Rio finals will be telling.
5. Glendora – Div. II (#2) – Fell out of the CIF rankings after a rough outing at Mt.SAC but had been solid up ’til then, winning their opener at Bronco, a meet record win at Sunny Hills, and the divisional race at Clovis. They meet up with California #1 Rancho Cucamonga again at League Finals, which will show if Mt.SAC was bad moment or a revelation.
6. El Rancho – Div. I – (#6) – Excellent 80:19 effort to win their heat at Mt.SAC, making up for an off day at Clovis. Still 1-3 head to head with CalHi leading up to a big Del Rio showdown.
7. South Pasadena – Div. III (#9) – Hasn’t raced often, but made up for a rough day at Clovis with solid performance in the Div. III sweeps at Mt.SAC. 1-5 depth will still be a problem in the post-season.
8. South Hills Div. III (#7) – Rough day at Mt.SAC follows two strong thirds in the tough Sierra League, and a win in their own Super XC Classic. They’ll have to compete well at Finals Tuesday at Mt.SAC to advance over rapidly improving Chino Hills and Claremont.
9. Flintridge Prep – Div. V (NR) – The Rebels made a huge statement with their third place finish in the Div. V Sweeps at Mt.SAC, ranking #8 SGV on adjusted team time. More importantly, their team time comes from solid 1-5 grouping rather than one or two extraordinary frontrunners.
10. Los Altos – Div. III (NR) – An solid performance, despite a key runner returning from illness, in the the Div. III Sweeps at Mt.SAC puts the Conqs into the CIF rankings for the first time. They’re facing a big showdown with Bonita and Walnut at the Hacienda League finals next Thursday at Mt.SAC.

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Commenter has beef with Upland touchdown

I thought I would share this anonymous comment from a person who claims to be a local college coach. He had a beef with Upland’s win over Rancho Cucamonga, and there’s a video he says prove’s his point…Does he have a legitimate beef? I’ll let you decide…

I am a local college coach in the area and wish to remain anonymous because i recruit many of the schools in the sgv and i.e. A lot of people in your area comment on Charter Oak and there loss to Rancho and have commented on Rancho’s loss to Upland this past weekend. A lot of people don’t know that Upland flat out cheated! Below is a link to a play that Upland ran with 10 min to go in the 4th quarter against Rancho. THEY FLAT OUT CHEATED!! They put there TE in between the Center and Left Tackle and he released to catch the deciding score against Rancho. I really don’t care wins as long as I can get their kids to go my school (haha), but I felt that I had to comment on this because anyone who has ever laced up cleats knows this is as bad as it gets. For those that don’t know the rules as well as others there is not reporting of ineligible players in hs football. You are either eligible or you are not. You have to have an eligible number and you have to line up in an eligiible position. Your TE doesn’t line up accidently as the guard. The play was obviously planned and executed and it disgusted me to see it on the fox feed. I hope you and following take a look at this!

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Chino Hills sweeps defending champ St. Lucy’s, puts Regents Sierra title celebration on hold

By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
Sweeps are en vogue in the Sierra League volleyball race, and not necessarily from expected sources. Chino Hills High School, coming off the wrong end of a sweep last week that dropped it to third place, kept the trend alive Tuesday with a three-game victory over first-place St. Lucy’s, 25-18, 25-17, 25-15.

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PrepXtra Live!!! Rewind: Arroyo QB Steven Rivera, Arroyo WR/LB Andre Kerkhoff, Rosemead RB/LB Matt Eddy and Rosemead DT Sal Chavarin talk about Friday’s showdown

Also, read Aram’s feature on Arroyo QB Steven Rivera: The numbers don’t lie when it comes to Arroyo High School football standout Steven Rivera.
The senior quarterback and safety is putting up statistics so impressive at his respective positions he’s earning consideration for postseason accolades at both spots.

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BREAKING NEWS: Damien hoops standout Chris Reyes commits to St. Mary’s …

Damien senior forward Chris Reyes committed to St. Mary’s on Monday night.

Reyes averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds last season for the Spartans. Reyes, a 6-foot-7 power forward, has been a Tribune All-Area selection the past two seasons.

St. Mary’s men’s basketball program has gained fame recently by reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2005, 2008 and 2010. The 2010 team advanced to the Sweet 16.

St. Mary’s is located 10 miles east of Oakland, Ca. in Moraga.

With Reyes back, the Spartans figure to be one of the area’s top teams again this winter. Damien went 26-4 last season.

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Bishop Amat-Loyola on Time Warner Friday; Fox Sports to show live stream of next week’s game, Rowland at West Covina

Personally, Damien at Charter Oak would have been a better game for the San Gabriel Valley, but it appears the Fox Sports people want to showcase West Covina..Those with Time Warner Cable (not me) can watch Friday’s Loyola at Bishop Amat game on a delay Friday at midnight. The game will be on Channel 101 for those with Time Warner.

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