Gladstone’s Albert Sanchez will step away after the playoffs, ending a 13-year tenure that will conclude with one of his best season’s ever

UPDATE: In honoring coach Sanchez, the school is inviting any past players, coaches or anyone that had a connection with Coach Sanchez to the Gladiators Football Banquet on Saturday, Dec. 1. Those interested should contact Gladstone High School 626-815-3604 for ticket information.

The worst-kept secret in the San Gabriel Valley is out, Gladstone coach Albert Sanchez will step away after 13-years in charge when the playoffs are over. After going 3-7 last year, Gladstone finished 9-1 and shared the Montview League title, Gladstone’s best finish since going 9-2 in 2005, which was Sanchez’s best season.
“The very first day on August 6 I expressed to the seniors that this was our senior year, that this was my last year,” Sanchez said. “I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. I’ve coached a lot of kids and now it’s time for me to focus on my own kids. I love everything about Gladstone and will stay here as a teacher, but it’s time to concentrate on other things.”
If Gladstone defeats visiting Mary Star of the Sea in the first-round of the Northwest Division playoffs on Friday at Baldwin Park (7 p.m), it will be the Gladiators first playoff win since 1977 and obviously Sanchez’s first playoff win as their coach. With a career record of 84-65 at the school, Sanchez never imagined his final season would be this rewarding. “It’s been a dream, I couldn’t of imagined the season coming together the way it did,” Sanchez said. “It’s been one great (memory) after another and hard to put into words because I get emotional thinking about it. But we’re not done, that’s the best part, we’ve got a playoff game on Friday that we want to win.”

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Pac-5 Division Prediction: Time for Serra to get some respect with Alemany and Amat in semifinals, but St. John Bosco wins it all

I’m going to take flack with such bold predictions, but I like Amat’s chances at Long Beach Poly and calling the upset over Mission Viejo at home in the second round. It feels entirely possible. In Amat’s losses to Alemany and Notre Dame, turnovers decided the game as much as anything. Amat’s yet to play a turnover-free game in a big game and if they protect the ball, their offense can do the rest. Alemany has a very winnable first round game and I like their athletes against Mater Dei. Now wouldn’t that be something, two Serra teams in the semifinals? It’s a good start for their street cred, but St. Bonny’s and St. John Bosco are going to the title game. I’ve felt all along St. John Bosco is the best of the best and not changing my mind now.

Pac-5 Division Playoff Predictions
First Round
Top Half
Long Beach Cabrillo at No. 1 St. Bonaventure — St. Bonny
Santa Margarita at El Toro — El Toro
Moorpark at Alemany — Alemany
Lakewood at No. 4 Mater Dei — Mater Dei
Bottom Half
Tesoro at No. 3 St. John Bosco — St. John Bosco
Oaks Christian at Notre Dame — Notre Dame
Bishop Amat at Long Beach Poly — Bishop Amat
Westlake at No. 2 Mission Viejo — Mission Viejo

Second Round
St. Bonaventure vs. El Toro — St. Bonaventure
Alemany vs. Mater Dei — Alemany
St. John Bosco vs. Notre Dame — St. John Bosco
Bishop Amat vs. Mission Viejo — Bishop Amat

Semifinals
St. Bonaventure vs. Alemany — St. Bonaventure
St. John Bosco vs. Bishop Amat — St. John Bosco

Championship
St. John Bosco vs. St. Bonaventure — St. John Bosco

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Northwest Division Prediction: Gladstone will make a dream run to the semifinals, capping best playoff season since 1977

Don’t sleep on Gladstone. The only game they slipped up on was rival Azusa, that could be forgiven in the grand scheme of things. When you look at the four they’re grouped with, they’ve got a shot at reaching the semifinals, which would be incredible thinking back to where they were last year, but that’s as far as it goes. Bishop Diego is a different animal altogether. I like undefeated La Salle’s chances of marching to the title game, but Bishop Diego is still too good.

Northwest Division Predictions
First Round
Top Half
South Torrance at No. 1 Bishop Diego — Bishop Diego
Village Christian at Bishop Montgomery — Village Christian
Mary Star at Gladstone — Gladstone
Oak Park at No. 4 North Torrance — North Torrance
Bottom Half
Compton Centennial at No. 3 La Salle — La Salle
El Segundo at La Puente — El Segundo
Torrance at Whittier Christian — Torrance
Sierra Vista at No. 2 Nordohoff — Nordhoff

Second Round
Bishop Diego vs. Village Christian — Bishop Diego
Gladstone vs. North Torrance — Gladstone
La Salle vs. El Segundo — La Salle
Torrance vs. Nordhoff — Nordhoff

Semifinals
Bishop Diego vs. Gladstone — Bishop Diego
La Salle vs. Nordhoff — La Salle

Championship
Bishop Diego vs. La Salle — Bishop Diego

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Inland Division Predictions: Charter Oak poised to make a semifinal run, but that’s where the dream ends

For those who believe the Sierra League doesn’t belong in the Inland Division, what will you say if Charter Oak gets to the semifinals and Chino Hills the second round? It’s very possible and that’s what I’ve got penciled in. Even though Charter Oak has a tough road for a fourth seed, I like their chances against Chaparral and Rancho Cucamonga, however Vista is where it stops. Same for Chino Hills, a first-round win over Redlands is reasonable, but they don’t get pas Upland. I like Vista Murrieta to meet Upland in the finals, and as great as Upland is, I still think it will be a lopsided decision for Vista, arguably the best in California.

INLAND DIVISION PREDICTIONS
First Round
Top Half
South Hills at No. 1 Vista Murrieta – Vista
Norco at Redlands East Valley — REV
Corona Santiago at Rancho Cucamonga — Rancho Cucamonga
Chaparral at No. 4 Charter Oak – Charter Oak
Bottom Half
Great Oak at No. 3 Upland — Upland
Redlands at Chino Hills — Chino Hills
Eisenhower at Murrieta Valley — Murrieta Valley
Los Osos at No. 4 Corona Centennnial — Corona Centennial

Second Round
Vista Murrieta vs. Redlands Easy Valley – Vista
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Charter Oak — Charter Oak
Upland vs. Chino Hills — Upland
Murrieta Valley vs. Corona Centennial – Corona Centennial

Semifinals
Vista Murrieta vs. Charter Oak — Vista Murrieta
Upland vs. Corona Centennial — Upland

Championship
Vista Murrieta vs. Upland — Vista Murrieta

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Bonita coach Adrian Medrano and South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez in playoffs for the first time, read what they have to say

“I wouldn’t call it a full-blown collapse, but I will say that we’re not finishing. For whatever reason, we start to get a little complacent. We haven’t shown that killer instinct these last three games. That has to come out. We have to have that killer instinct. We can never be satisfied with the lead.” Bonita coach Adrian Medrano on Bearcats losing final two games after winning five straight

“We’re not disappointed in the draw. It’s our first year back in the playoffs after back-to-back 3-7 seasons, so we’re happy to be in it. We’re just going to go have a good time.”South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez on facing Vista Murrieta, the No. 1 ranked team in California.

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN
Any way you slice it, Bonita High School is not entering the football playoffs heading in the right direction.

The Bearcats blew their shot at an outright Hacienda League championship by losing their final two games of the season despite having leads in both games. Now, they’re hoping to right the ship in time for Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs first-round game against Santa Fe. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Bonita.

“I wouldn’t call it a full-blown collapse, but I will say that we’re not finishing,” first-year Bearcats coach Adrian Medrano said. “For whatever reason, we start to get a little complacent. We haven’t shown that killer instinct these last three games.

“That has to come out. We have to have that killer instinct. We can never be satisfied with the lead.”

Bonita, which enters the postseason with a 5-5 record, finished in a four-way tie for the league championship with West Covina, Rowland and Diamond Ranch. But West Covina won the league’s tiebreakers and entered the playoffs as the league’s top team.

That has to sting for Bonita, which opened league play with a 4-0 record only to lose close games to Diamond Ranch and Diamond Bar in the final two games of the season. Even more frustrating to Bearcats fans was that their team held a 20-7 lead over Diamond Ranch before losing 34-31 and led Diamond Bar 24-7 at halftime before losing 25-24.

“Even against Los Altos, we started the game off up 17-0,” Medrano said of Bonita’s 35-31 win over the Conquerors three weeks ago, which started a pattern of blowing leads. “If we learn a lesson this week, our season is done. We just need to stay the course and make sure we have the right attitude every day.

“Guys who are our leaders need to step up. I thought that some guys who are leaders on our team had a chance to step up against Diamond Bar and that didn’t happen.”

Santa Fe also enters Friday’s game with a 5-5 record. The Chiefs finished second in the Del Rio League behind La Serna and played a tough nonleague schedule that included the likes of St. John Bosco, Chaparral and Corona Santiago.

“They’re well-coached and tough,” Medrano said of Santa Fe. “They play tough football out in that area. Santa Fe has a culture of winning and it has a culture of toughness of discipline.”

SOUTH HILLS IN DEEP

After missing the playoffs for the past two seasons, South Hills is very happy to be back in the postseason even if it means being thrown to the wolves in the Inland Division with a road game against arguably the best team in Southern California, Vista Murrieta.

The Huskies finished the regular season at 6-4 and placed third in the Sierra League. Being third in the Sierra is a double-edged sword, however, with that team annually becoming fodder for the division’s top seed in the first round.

“We’re not disappointed in the draw,” first-year South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez said. “It’s our first year back in the playoffs after back-to-back 3-7 seasons, so we’re happy to be in it. We’re just going to go have a good time.”

Vista Murrieta enters the postseason with high expectations after a 10-0 regular season. The Broncos won the division last season and another title could send them on their way to a state championship bowl game.

For South Hills, it’s the program’s first trip to the Inland Division playoffs since stunningly being placed in the division three seasons ago after a decade of success in lower divisions.

“I knew there was a chance that we would play them,” Rodriguez said. “It’s definitely a reward for making the playoffs, but all joking aside like I told our kids this is like a celebration. We’ve had a great year. We’re treating it like it’s a little bowl game.

“We’ve been watching them (on video) the past two days. That’s one of the best football teams I’ve seen on film since I’ve been doing this. They live up to every bit of it, without a doubt.”

Rodriguez wasn’t about to get controversial about South Hills being in the same division as Vista Murrieta, but like many others he has no answers as to why the Huskies are where they are.

“It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever,” Rodriguez said. “But we can’t control that. I can’t get into all that. That’s for the powers that be to figure all that out.”
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Southeast predictions: While it’s payback time for La Serna, it’s good night the parties over for West Covina and the Hacienda

This isn’t the Southeast that we use to know. Two years ago West Covina beat Bonita for the title and last year West Covina dropped 84 on La Serna to win the title game. My how things have changed. I’ve got three of the four Hacienda teams going in the first round, including back-to-back champion West Covina. La Mirada and La Serna have been the two best all season and there is no reasonable rationale to argue they won’t face off in the championship game. La Mirada gets their easier than La Serna, but I think La Serna’s experience and how they lost in last year’s title game will be enough to not allow them to slip up. Once in the final with everyone predicting that La Mirada is going to get them, I like La Serna to upset them and take home the crown.

Southeast Division Predictions
First Round
Top Half

Arcadia at No. 1 La Mirada — La Mirada
Santa Fe at Bonita — Bonita
Norwalk at Burbank — Norwalk
Rowland at No. 4 Downey — Downey
Bottom Half
California at No. 3 Muir — Muir
Paramount at West Covina — Paramount
Dominguez at Bellflower — Dominguez
Diamond Ranch at No. 2 La Serna — La Serna

Second Round
La Mirada vs. Bonita — La Mirada
Norwalk vs. Downey – Norwalk
Muir vs. Paramount — Muir
Dominguez vs. La Serna — La Serna

Semifinals
La Mirada vs. Norwalk – La Mirada
Muir vs. La Serna — La Serna

Championship
La Mirada vs La Serna — La Serna

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Mid-Valley Predictions: San Dimas should do enough to reach the semifinals, but nobody’s knocking off No. 1 Paraclete

The Mid-Valley Division is by far the easiest to project. You can pencil Paraclete, Sierra Canyon and Monrovia into the semifinals without worry. The winner of San Dimas and San Marino will be the fourth, guaranteed. The way Paraclete took care of Sierra Canyon and how it handled the rest of the Alpha leads me to take Paraclete over San Dimas in the semifinals. This could be Monrovia’s finest hour and I love their chances against Sierra Canyon, especially if they get them at home. But here’s the thing, as much as I would love to watch Monrovia go back-to-back against the top dogs, I don’t foresee them beating both teams. Once in the final, Paraclete is more polished and will win it all.

Mid-Valley Division Predictions
First Round
Top Half

Temple City at No. 1 Paraclete — Paraclete
Montebello at El Monte — El Monte
Schurr at San Marino — San Marino
Windward at No. 4 San Dimas — San Dimas
Bottom Half
Northview at No. 3 Sierra Canyon – Sierra Canyon
Arroyo at Bell Gardens — Bell Gardens
Covina at South El Monte — Covina
Viewpoint at No. 2 Monrovia — Monrovia

Second Round
Paraclete vs. El Monte — Paraclete
San Dimas vs. San Marino — San Dimas
Sierra Canyon vs. Bell Gardens — Sierra Canyon
Covina vs. Monrovia — Monrovia

Semifinals
Paraclete vs. San Dimas — Paraclete
Sierra Canyon vs. Monrovia – Monrovia

Championship
Paraclete vs. Monrovia — Paraclete

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CIF gets a thumbs down for scheduling

With the country glued to their television sets awaiting the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election, the CIF-Southern Section decided it’s a good night for the first round of the CIF-Southern Section girls volleyball playoffs. Even worse, they all start at 7 p.m., when all the blue and red states are being posted. What should be an educational experience for high school kids while allowing parents and fans of volleyball more time to vote is CIF not thinking this through. Not a good night to charge admission if making money is part of the goal. Also, the girls tennis team finals are on Friday, the same night as the opening round of the football playoffs. For tennis fans starving for news coverage, having the finals on Football Friday is no bueno.

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We’re gathering a list for National Signing Day on Wednesday, Nov. 14., to take our annual picture at the Tribune

The early signing period for those signing National Letters of intent is on Wedneday, November 14, which includes basketball, baseball, softball and girls volleyball. I’m gathering a list to invite to the office, so post any athletes you know of signing or shoot me an email to fred.robledo@sgvn.com.

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TRIBUNE SUPER 35 RANKINGS: Charter Oak takes over top spot from Amat heading into the Playoffs

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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Crespi never stood a chance

Those baffled how the Serra League could be the number one rated league in the state by Calpreps but voted the fourth-best team in the Pac-5 by a panel of three coaches shouldn’t be surprised by the outcome. The football advisory committee consisted of Westlake coach Jim Benkert (Marmonte League), coach Jason Negro of St. John Bosco (Trinity League) and coach Raul Lara of Long Beach Poly (Moore League). Lara told the L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer that he ranked the Serra second behind the Trinity but got out voted by the other two. The final league rankings were: 1. Trinity, 2. South Coast, 3. Marmonte, 4. Serra, 5. Moore. By the South Coast rated ahead of the Serra, Tesoro earned an at-large over Crespi because based on the points system, strength of league is worth two points and that made the difference.

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While Aram argues Bishop Amat doesn’t deserve to be in the Pac-5 if it bows out in the first round again, Long Beach PT columnist Bob Keisser writes the Moore League should go

“I won’t know how good a team we are until we get into the playoffs. I believe we’ve improved, but until I see us compete against a playoff team, I really won’t know. We haven’t been able to get a read on where we are based on league play for a long time.” — Long Beach Poly coach Raul Lara

By Bob Keisser Columnist
Not even the clock, which we just flipped back an hour Saturday night out of some nocturnal habit, is as consistent as other things in life, like the arrival of the seasons, acrimonious presidential campaigns and USC and Notre Dame football alums keening or preening about their teams. Add to that the de rigueur appearance of Long Beach Poly atop the Moore League.

Even in a year that began flat, as in the Jackrabbits getting flattened by Narbonne 56-0 and dropping two other nonleague games, Raul Lara’s team won the Moore League, one of the few CIF-Southern Section leagues named after a person, former LBUSD superintendent Harry J. Moore, with a shrug and a slight nod of thanks.

Six wins, no losses. Poly outscored its neighbors, 268 to 37.

Closest margin was 22 points. The Jackrabbits didn’t allow a single point in the first half in all six games. Twenty-three of those 37 points were allowed in the fourth quarter by reserves. Poly has won or shared the Moore every year save two since 1980. Channing Tatum doesn’t do that well at a bachelorette party.

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours: Not many sure things in the first round of the playoffs

Aram and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season for our annual dinner bet.


Last Week: Robledo (10-8); Tolegian (14-4).
This Week: Robledo (150-68); Tolegian (151-67).

Last Week: If week 10 was for league titles and playoff spots, I choked with a three-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. Despite a three-game lead, Aram’s now in front after going 14-4 to my 10-8, giving the Big Fella a one-game lead heading into the playoffs. There were too many games to point out where Aram got me, but he called it taking Notre Dame over Amat, Rosemead over Mountain View, Arroyo over Gabrielino and Wilson over Nogales — all games I took the opposite.

This week: There are a lot of toss-ups in the first round starting with the heavyweights, Bishop Amat at Long Beach Poly and Charter Oak hosting Chaparral. This isn’t the time to pick against the area, not when Amat and Charter Oak are 10-point favorite’s on Calpreps. They’re both tough games, but that’s what you expect from start to finish in the Inland and Pac-5. I’ve got the Hacienda going 1-3 in the first round with Bonita the only winner over Santa Fe. I don’t like West Covina’s chances against Paramount, the Bulldogs have simply not been the Bulldogs, despite their showing in Week 10. I like San Dimas and Covina to advance, but not taking Arroyo. In a couple of WSGV games I added, I like Muir over California and La Salle over Compton Centennial

This weeks games and predictions
Thursday

Mary Star at Gladstone vs. at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Aram (G-Stone)
Friday
Chaparral at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (CO)
Covina at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (SEM)
Bishop Amat at Long Beach Poly, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (Amat)
Paramount at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Paramount); Aram (Paramount)
Montebello at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (Montebello)
Diamond Ranch at La Serna, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Windward at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Arroyo at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
El Segundo at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Segundo); Aram (ES)
Santa Fe at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-Hi)
South Hills at Vista Murrieta, 7 p.m. Robledo (VM); Aram (VM)
Redlands at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
Northview at Sierra Canyon, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SC); Aram (SC)
Sierra Vista at Nordohoff, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nord); Aram (N)
Rowland at Downey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Downey); Aram (D)
California at Muir, 7 p.m — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Compton Centennial at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Temple City at Paraclete, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Aram (P)
Schurr at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Marino); Aram (SM)

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PrepXtra Live Pairings Show. Plus story on today’s playoff pairings

Intro: Pac-5 discussion with Aram and Fred discussing whether Amat deserves to be in the Pac-5 Division
28:00 mark: Inland Division and how Charter Oak got a ridiculous draw.
39:45 mark: Southeast Division, can the Hacienda get out of the first round?
45:45 mark: Mid-Valley Division, can anyone beat the top four seeds?
55:00 mark: Northwest Division, Gladstone and La Puente with winnable games?


By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
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There were no real surprises following the CIF-Southern Section football playoff pairings on Sunday.

As expected, Bishop Amat earned an at-large berth in the Pac-5 Division after losing to Notre Dame on Friday and Charter Oak, who has been dominant all season, earned the fourth seed in the Inland Division though it received the tougheset road possible for a seeded team.

The Sierra League champion Chargers (9-1) open against Chaparral (7-3), a third-place team from the difficult Southwestern League — a league that boasts top-seed Vista Murrieta.

If Charter Oak is fortunate enough to move on, it could face Rancho Cucmaonga in the second round.

In other Inland Division first-round games, South Hills (6-4) has the almost impossible task of facing top-seed Vista Murrieta (10-0) on the road while Chino Hills (7-2), second in the Sierra, earned a home game against Citrus Belt third-place Redlands (7-3).

Bishop Amat (7-2-1) was extremely fortunate to avoid the top seeds in the Pac-5 Division after sneaking in with an at-large berth.

Bishop Amat will be at Moore League champion Long Beach Poly (7-3) on Friday at Veterans Stadium.
If the Lancers advance, they could possiblly get second-seed Mission Viejo at home in the second round.

“I don’t know about feeling good about (playing them),” Amat coach Steve Hagerty said of Long Beach Poly. “No matter how you want to spin it we’re happy that we’re in the playoffs and still playing.

“We don’t have control over who we play, but all the teams in the Pac-5 are good. What we know about Poly from the past is they’re always althletic and physical, so I don’t know about any of this stuff (of having a good draw).”
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Breaking News: Charter Oak gets a tough draw for a fourth seed; Amat relieved it gets in, then gets Long Beach Poly, plus more from the Mid-Valley, Northwest and Hacienda

SCRIBBLE LIVE CHAT ON CIF-SS FOOTBALL PAIRINGS ANNOUNCEMNTS

CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION PAIRINGS
Inland Division
Top Half

South Hills at No. 1 Vista Murrieta
Nordo at Redlands East Valley
Corona Santiago at Rancho Cucamonga
Chaparral at No. 4 Charter Oak
Bottom Half
Great Oak at No. 3 Upland
Redlands at Chino Hills
Eisenhower at Murrieta Valley
Los Osos at No. 4 Corona Centennnial

Mid-Valley Division
Top Half

Temple City at No. 1 Paraclete
Montebello at El Monte
Schurr at San Marino
Windward at No. 4
Bottom Half
Northview at No. 3 Sierra Canyon
Arroyo at Bell Gardens
Covina at South El Monte
Viewpoint at No. 2Monrovia

Northwest Division
Top Half

South Torrance at No. 1 Bishop Diego
Village Christian at Bishop Montgomery
Mary Star at Gladstone
Oak Park at No. 4North Torrance
Bottom Half
Compton Centennial at No. 3 La Salle
El Segundo at La Puente
Torrance at Whittier Christian
Sierra Vista at No. 2 Nordohoff

Southeast Division
Top Half

Arcadia at No. 1 La Mirada
Santa Fe at Bonita
Norwalk at Burbank
Rowland at No. 4 Downey
Bottom Half
California at No. 3
Paramount at West Covina
Dominguez at Bellflower
Diamond Ranch at No. 2 La Serna

Pac-5 Division
Top Half

Long Beach Cabrillo at No. 1 St. Bonaventure
Santa Margarita at El Toro
Moorpark at Alemany
Lakewood at No. 4 Mater Dei
Bottom Half
Tesoro at No. 3 St. John Bosco
Oaks Christian at Notre Dame
Bishop Amat at Long Beach Poly
Westlake at No. 2 Mission Viejo

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Girls Volleyball Playoffs: St. Lucy’s ready to chase third straight CIF title after to moving to Division 1A

By Keith Lair, SGVN

There is a familiarity among the top high school volleyball teams in the San Gabriel Valley area.

Those teams have scored a lot of 3-0 victories this season, they have won a lot of matches and league titles. The pay off is one of the top seeds for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

Four area teams scored top seeds on Saturday, when the CIF-SS announced its brackets for the 10-division playoffs, and three other area teams were granted seeded positions.

In all, 45 area teams earned playoff berths. The wild-card round is Monday night and the first round on Tuesday night. The second round is scheduled for Thursday with championship matches set for Nov. 17 at Santiago Canyon or Cypress colleges.
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PrepXtra Rewind: Aram and Fred try to make sense of the postseason picture; Amat’s lowlights against Notre Dame; Spartan 03 takes a shot at mock drafts

Sunday’s CIF pairings times and locations, posted here and on the CIF website
At-Large announcements: 8 a.m.
Inland Division (Santiago HS): 10 a.m.
Mid-Valley Division (Covina HS): 10 a.m.
Pac-5 Division (CIF office): 11 a.m.
Northwest Division (Oak Park HS): 10:30 a.m.
Southeast Division (CIF office): Noon

Tom Kiss and Courtney Ponce try to make sense of Amat’s loss at Notre Dame, listen to the reaction



Spartan 03 posted mock drafts for the Pac 5 and Inland on threads so I thought I would share. Everyone’s got an opinion, tell us who you think area teams will get

PAC 5 Mock Draft
(1) St. John Bosco – #1 Trinity vs. San Clemente – At Large South Coast
Notre Dame – #2 Serra vs. Moorpark – #3 Marmonte

Alemany – #1 Serra vs. Santa Margarita – #3 Trinity
(4) St Bonaventure – #1 Marmonte vs.Long Beach Wilson – #3 Moore

(3) Mater Dei – #2 Trinity vs. Westlake – #4 Marmonte
El Toro – #2 South Coast vs. Lakewood – #2 Moore

Oaks Christian – #2 Marmonte vs. Lakewood – #2 Moore
(2) Mission Viejo – #1 South Coast vs. Bishop Amat – At Large Serra

Inland Mock Bracket
(1) Vista Murrieta – #1 Southwestern vs. Ayala – At Large Sierra
Rancho Cucamonga – #2 Baseline vs. Redlands – #3 Citrus Belt

Redlands East Valley – #1 Citrus Belt vs. Chaparral – #3 Southwestern
(4) Charter Oak – #1 Sierra vs. Norco – #3 Big VIII

(3) Upland – #1 Baseline vs. South Hills – #3 Sierra
Santiago Centennial – #2 Big VIII vs. Eisenhower – #2 Citrus Belt

Chino Hills – #2 Sierra vs. Murrieta Valley – #2 Southwestern
(2) Corona Centennial – #1 Big VIII vs. Los Osos – #3 Baseline

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Saturday Morning QB: Bishop Amat’s playoff fate in limbo after 49-28 loss; San Dimas routs Northview; Charter Oak gets tough win over Damien; Sierra Vista knocks out Azusa


Amat-Notre Dame photo gallery

By Fred J. Robledo
Bishop Amat wasted a title opportunity and will be on pins and needles the next 48 hours awaiting its playoff fate.

After Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks’ thorough 49-28 victory over Amat in Friday’s Serra League finale, the Knights (7-3, 3-1) earned a ticket to the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs by sharing a co-league title with Alemany (8-2, 3-1). That left the playoff hopes for Amat (7-2-1, 2-2) in the hands of an at-large committee when pairings are announced Sunday.

“They outplayed us, they were a lot more physical,” Amat coach Steve Hagerty said. “What can you say?”

FRIDAY’S RESULTS AND GAME STORIES
Notre Dame 49, Bishop Amat 28
San Dimas 24, Northview 0
Chino Hills 56. South Hills 7
Charter Oak 38, Damien 14
Los Osos 32, Glendora 26
Gladstone 48, Ganesha 0
Duarte 41, Bassett 30
Ayala 58, Claremont 22
Sierra Vista 37, Azusa 6
Covina 23, Pomona 0
La Puente 30, Workman 20
Wilson 28, Nogales 6

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Sharing Colt 74s throughts on Covina’s season; Colts take on San Dimas for VVL title

From Colt 74
Nobody at the beginning of this season expected much out of the Covina Colts. Especially after the Colts leading rusher and standout GeVontray Ainsworth decided to transfer to Monrovia for his senior year.

Nobody of coarse except for the Colt coaches and players that is.

After a shaky spring session, and a less than stellar opening preseason game against last years Div 7 CIF Champions the West Covina Bulldogs, which ended on television with a 34-0 shellacking, the Colts did what they needed to do.

They got mad and regrouped.

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South El Monte beats El Monte 33-20, Eagles and Lions share the Mission Valley Legue title


South El Monte-El Monte photo gallery

“Defense wins championships,” South El Monte coach Ibis Aguilar said. “Yes. Definitely. We just do what we do. We’ve done it every week. And today I think we had a pretty good offensive effort as well. I’ve always felt we had the No. 1 defense (in league) and that we could defend their offense. We are the No. 1 team in our league and we proved that tonight.”

Thursday’s Mission Valley results and game stories
South El Monte 33, El Monte 20
Rosemead 35, Mountain View 28
Arroyo 28, Gabrielino 0
Note: South El Monte enters Mid-Valley Division playoffs as the No. 1 entry with El Monte second and Arroyo third.

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After a wild season in the Hacienda League, it ended the way it should have, a four-way tie for first

Thursday’s Hacienda League results and game stories
West Covina 28, Rowland 7
Diamond Bar 25, Bonita 24
Diamond Ranch 35, Walnut 0

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
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ROWLAND HEIGHTS — When push came to shove, West Covina bullied its way to the playoffs in the same fashion that earned the Bulldogs back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division titles.

Facing a do-or-die scenario to make the playoffs, West Covina defeated Rowland 28-7 on a wild night in the Hacienda League that ended in a four-way tie for first with Diamond Bar upsetting Bonita in a shocker, 25-24, while Diamond Ranch took care of Walnut 35-0.

Bonita (5-5, 4-2), West Covina (5-5, 4-2), Rowland (7-3, 4-2) and Diamond Ranch (7-3, 4-2) all claimed a piece of the league title, but the big winner appears to be West Covina, who based on a point system, will likely enter the playoffs as the league’s No. 1 entry with Bonita second and Rowland third. Diamond Ranch finishes fourth and will have to hope for an at-large berth when the playoff pairings are announced Sunday.

Walnut athletic director and league coordinator Jerry Person figured out the scenario’s following the games Thursday, but he won’t make it official until an athletic directors meeting this morning.

For a team that felt like it had bad luck all season, West Covina finally has a reason to smile.

“I just wanted to win and get in the playoffs, but with our league this year anything was possible and that proved true tonight,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said. “It’s crazy to think it ended in a four-way tie, but I’m not surprised. This is how it’s been all season. But truthfully, I’m just glad we’re still playing.”
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