Breaking News: Jake Payton transfer status to Bonita changed to “under review” on CIF website

Could former San Dimas running back and Valle Vista League MVP Jake Payton be eligible at rival Bonita in time for Thursday’s Smudge Pot? Payton left San Dimas for Upland in the spring before transferring to Bonita last Friday. Bonita filed the paperwork to CIF and is waiting on San Dimas, the last school Payton played for, to sign off or challenge because of athletic motivation, as it did in Payton’s move to Upland, which led to his ineligibility because of an athletically motivated transfer. CIF’s website this morning changed Payton’s status from “pending” to “under review.” So, all I can say is, stay tuned.

9:05 update: Just got a text from CIF-SS spokesperson Thom Simmons who wrote Payton’s status is “under review” because they’re missing necessary paperwork. Hmm, wonder who hasn’t turned it in. Your guess is probably the same as mine.

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West Covina ready to go

By Steve Ramirez, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
West Covina High School has been the most-consistent football program in the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division in recent years.

The Bulldogs won back-to-back division titles in 2010-11 and advanced to the semifinals last season. But despite being a big-time player in the division, no one views West Covina as the favorite for a championship run in either the Southeast Division or in the Hacienda League.

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CIF Preseason Football Polls: Charter Oak No. 5 in Inland; Amat No. 8 in Pac-5; San Dimas No. 5 in Mid-Valley

forsalePac-5 Division
1. Long Beach Poly, 2. St. John Bosco, 3. Mater Dei, 4. Mission Viejo, 5. St. Bonaventure, 6. Santa Margarita, 7. Alemany, 8. Bishop Amat, 9. Oaks Christian, 10. Crespi.

Southeast Division
1. Downey, 2. La Mirada, 3. La Serna, 4. Norwalk, 5., Diamond Ranch, 6. Los Altos, 7. Muir, 8. Santa Fe., 9. West Covina, 10. Paramount.

Mid-Valley Division
1. Monrovia, 2. Sierra Canyon, 3. Paraclete, 4. San Dimas, 5. San Marino, 6. Bell Gardens, 7. Arroyo, 8. Northview, 9. South El Monte, 10. Montebello.

Northwest Division
1. Bishop Diego, 2. Nordoff, 3. North Torrance, 4. Compton Centennial, 5. El Segundo, 6. Carpinteria, 7. La Salle, 8. Whittier Christian, 9. Oak Park, 10. Sierra Vista.

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