SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE’S SUPER 35 RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (5-0-1) –Undoubtedly No. 1 in the San Gabriel Valley, the Lancers embark on its real season in the Serra, opening at defending champion Alemany, who has owned them the past two years. If you can open with a league win on the road, especially against the defending champion, playoff outlook is much clearer.
2. Charter Oak (5-1) — Undoubtedly No. 2 in the San Gabriel Valley after the thorough beating it delivered to Chino Hills. Not only are the Chargers huge favorites to win the Sierra, I like their chances at a deep playoff run in the Inland.
3. Ayala (5-1) – Jordan Robinson and Co., are undefeated in my opinion. In their only loss to Kaiser, Robinson didn’t play. But if the Bulldogs are truly the real deal, they will take care of Chino Hills next.
4. South Hills (5-1) — The Huskies’ had better chances of beating Charter Oak in the two previous years in the Sierra, and still lost last year 63-28. They meet again Friday, and emotions always play a role in this, but South Hills’ offense against Charter Oak’s defense is a gigantic mismatch.
5. Chino Hills (3-2-1) — They took a left hook to their pride and an overhand right to their confidence in last week’s lopsided loss to Charter Oak. Now that their pinned in a corner, what will happen against extremely confident Ayala?
6. San Dimas (6-1) — You get the feeling the next month is just about getting ready for the Mid-Valley Division playoffs. Oh, Northview will have something to say about it the league title, but it will be more talk than anything.
7. Bonita (3-3) –– If we were ranking strictly over the past three weeks, the Bearcats would probably be No. 4 or 5. But now it gets tough at two-time defending Hacienda League champ West Covina, who would like nothing more than to knock the ‘Cats back to reality.
8. Gladstone (6-0) — The Gladiators haven’t been the most impressive undefeated team ever, but they’re still perfect regardless. Their perfect season will surely be tested over the next two weeks against Duarte and Azusa.
9. West Covina (3-4) — The Bulldogs can regain some of their swag with a win over one of the area’s hottest teams and a threat to dethrone their Hacienda League title, Bonita. But the way they’re playing, don’t bank on it.
10. Diamond Ranch (4-2) — Playing well and not out of the Hacienda League title chase. They need West Covina to beat Bonita, then take care of their own business. But look, Roddy’s Ranchers haven’t gone anywhere, they’re in contention as always.
The Rest: 11. Glendora (3-3), 12. Damien (2-3), 13. Rowland (5-2), 14. Los Altos (4-3), 15. El Monte (4-2), 16. Northview (4-2), 17. Covina (5-2), 18. La Puente (4-2), 19. Duarte (4-2), 20. Claremont (2-4), 21. Arroyo (3-3), 22. Diamond Bar (2-5), 23. Rosemead (3-3), 24. Azusa (3-3), 25. Rosemead (3-3), 26. Sierra Vista (3-3), 27. South El Monte (2-4), 28. Mountain View (3-3), 29. Bassett (2-4), 30. Walnut (1-5), 30. Wilson (2-5); 31. Nogales (1-5), 32. Baldwin Park (0-6), 33. Pomona (1-5), 34. Workman (1-5), 35. Ganesha (0-6).
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