SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE’S SUPER 35 RANKINGS
1. Charter Oak (9-1) — I can’t remember the last time Charter Oak was ever ranked as high as 19th in the state as it is on Calpreps. Although Bishop Amat defeated Charter Oak head-to-head, Charter Oak has been more impressive since and has improved more from week to week. But now it gets tough in the Inland playoffs and CIF didn’t do the Chargers any favors drawing Chaparal in the first round.
2. Bishop Amat (7-2-1) — The Lancers finished 2-2 in the Pac-5 and played their worst game of the season in week 10 at home against Notre Dame, losing 49-28. The Lancers were fortunate to get an at-large, and even more fortunate to draw Long Beach Poly in the first round. Let’s see if they take advantage of it.
3. Chino Hills (7-2-1) – The Huskies are still part of the Valley’s Big Three along with Charter Oak and Amat, but it never felt that way since a blowout loss to Charter Oak. But the Huskies have rebounded and have a winnable first-round game against Redlands.
4. San Dimas (9-1) — The Saints did what we expected them to do, blow past everyone in the Valle Vista and now comes time to live up to their fourth-seed in the Mid-Valley. Everyone is talking about the Big Three, Paraclete, Sierra Canyon and Monrovia. But we think the Saints can hang with any of them.
5. South Hills (6-4) — After getting routed on the road at Chino Hills, it gets much tougher in the first round at Inland Division No. 1 Vista Murrieta, who plenty of people think is the best in the state. While it’s nice getting in the playoffs, it won’t feel that way on Friday.
6. Ayala (6-4) — The Bulldogs felt they deserved an at-large in the Inland and didn’t get it. Kind of a waste for what was a terrific first month of the season.
7. Diamond Ranch (7-3) — After finishing in a four-way tie for first in the Hacienda, the Panthers got the worst of it, finishing fourth after the tiebreakers and drawing second-seed La Serna in the first round. I’m not sure either team is happy with who they’ve got.
8. West Covina (5-5) — The back-to-back Southeast champions backed into a third-straight Hacienda League title by finishing in a four-way tie and grabbing the league’s No. 1 playoff entry. I’m not convinced the Bulldogs are ready to defend their crown or get out of the first round against 8-2 Paramount.
9. Bonita (5-5) – – What do you make the of the Bearcats? They were unlucky starting 0-3 and then looked unbeatable winning five straight. Then they close league with back-to-back losses to Diamond Ranch and Diamond Bar. I’m not sure who they’re anymore.
10. Gladstone (9-1)– The Gladiators won their first league title since 2005 and are looking for their first playoff win since 1977. Of all the teams ranked in the top ten, Gladstone is by far the biggest surprise.
The Rest: 11. Rowland (7-3), 12. South El Monte (6-4), 13. Northview (7-3), 14. El Monte (7-3), 15. La Puente (8-2), 16. Covina (7-3), 17. Glendora (3-7), 18. Damien (3-6), 19. Arroyo (6-4), 20. Sierra Vista (7-3), 21. Azusa (5-5), 22. Claremont (3-7), 23. Los Altos (5-5), 24. Diamond Bar (4-6), 25. Duarte (4-6), 26. Rosemead (4-6), 27. Mountain View (3-7), 28. Wilson (4-6), 29. Walnut (1-9), 30. Pomona (3-7), 31. Bassett (3-7), 32. Nogales (1-9), 33. Workman (2-8), 34. Baldwin Park (0-10), 35. Ganesha (0-10).
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