Tribskin Pick’em: Predicting Bassett stays undefeated in Montview, Los Altos comes out on top at Bonita and Bishop Amat stays alive with win at Crespi

Aram Tolegian and I will go head-to-head picking football games throughout the season. He edged me out the past two seasons, but it’s not happening this year, not when we’re playing for a Slater’s 50-50 burger.

Aram Tolegian (14-3, last week); (126-52, season total)
Fred Robledo (14-4, last week); (128-50, season total)

10-4-13 DRANCH11Last Week: No blood between Aram I. We missed the same three games, taking Amat over Alemany, Bonita over West Covina and Glendora over Etiwanda. Aram also lost taking South El Monte over Gabrielino, then reminded me on Friday night after the game had been played that I forgot to make a selection on it. He could have told me before, but that’s how the betting mind of Tolegian works, he’ll steal wins any way possible. In any case, I told him I’d take the loss on it so I’m still up 2 headed into week 9.

This week’s games and predictions Best chance Amat has of getting in the playoffs are with wins over Crespi, Loyola, which would be good enough for at least a tie for third assuming Alemany and Notre Dame finish first and second. Then you still have to earn an at-large, a tough place to be in. A loss this week would eliminate the Lancers from playoff contention, but I’m not ready to write them off yet, take Amat over Crespi and the Guru. Los Altos at Bonita is a toss-up with playoff implications for both and others trying to sneak in, such as idle Diamond Bar, paying the price for last week’s brawl with a forfeit to Rowland. Los Altos has been the most consistent and needs to show an ability to win big games, which is why I’m taking them. It’s time. The Bassett story is an exciting one. Here’s a team that started 0-3 and you’re thinking, typical Bassett season. But they’ve run the table in the Montview and are 5-0 heading into a showdown vs. Duarte. If Bassett wins, it likely faces Azusa next week for an all-out, winner take all for the Montview. I’m not betting against that, take Bassett.

Thursday’s games
Baseline League

Glendora vs. Los Osos at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Aram (Glendora)
Friday’s games
Hacienda League

Los Altos at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Diamond Bar at Rowland#, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Aram ()
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
Rosemead at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Paramomead)
South El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Montview League
Azusa at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Duarte at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Duarte)
Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Citrus, 6 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Aram (Ganesha)
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Serra League
Bishop Amat at Crespi, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Sierra League
Ayala at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Claremont at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
South Hills at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien): Aram (Damien)
Valle Vista League
Nogales at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PTown); Aram (Pomona)
Northview at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (NView); Aram (Nview)
San Dimas vs. Covina at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
#November fools

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  • Steve Patterson

    Second season for Medrano as head coach with the same result as his first year, a 5-5 season for Bonita. The only difference between this season and last is that the Bearcats won’t make the playoffs. Now no one expected Bonita to light up the Hacienda League but it seems like this team has not improved since the 4th week maybe even regressing. This is Bonita’s final season in the Hacienda League, moving to the newly formed Palomares League next season, and a change needs to be made in terms of leadership, coaching philosophy and player development if this program is to compete with the improving South Hills, Glendora, and Diamond Bar programs.

    • brad mill

      Diamond Bar won’t be in the Hacienda next year.

      • Steve Patterson

        No, they are going to the new palomares league along with Bonita. The new league will also include south hills, glendora, Claremont and chino.

    • reality

      Curious about what you want from Bonita? What philosophy and player development are you talking about? I like Bonita’s philosophy of not recruiting and of holding players to a high standard. If by development you mean your favorite kid is not getting enough playing time that’s coaches decision. Personally I want to see Bonita stay with their philosophies and standards rather than wind up like Diamond Ranch or Diamond Bar who you apparently admire.Though not a big fan of Medrano’s play calling, win or lose the bearcats are in every game even when facing tough competition and I respect the toughness they show though the team is very undersized compared to their rivals. Careful what you wish for or else you might be sitting at home this Friday with a forfeit.

      • Steve Patterson

        As for development, there are 60 kids on this team yet at best 19 see the field on Friday nights and that includes subs. I understand the philosophy that only the best players will play but isn’t it a coaching staff’s responsibility to get the best out of each player, to coach them up, develop their skills and technique and make them better players? I guess it’s easier just to concentrate on those players who will help you win the next upcoming game rather than those who can help you down the road in the event of an injury or fatigue. How do you build a successful program year in and year out when you invest nothing in those players who will be around next season? With that philosophy every year will be a rebuilding year.
        Reality, I’m not talking about recruiting, all I’m saying is a change needs to be made starting at the top to take care of and get the best out of the kids we already have otherwise this program is going to see a drop in participation next season.

        • reality

          Thanks for your essays. I dont know of many fans that go to high school practices for 16 years that do not have a kid on the team. They only do that in the movies. Those that do go are always parents or guardians and I feel sorry for the kid. True I don’t attend any practices and my thoughts come from the outside not the inner circle but if you are a Dad my suggestion to you is to take a chill pill and let your kid enjoy his experience. He will tell you when he wants your help and quit going to practices unless you want to coach yourself. Then just volunteer. And THAT is inside advice.

          • Steve Patterson

            So that’s your response? That I should stay away from watching practice? Let me see if i understand you correctly, if i don’t see it then it doesn’t exist? Does this work for bills too because if it does I’m steering clear of my mailbox. Thanks for the great advice.

          • Ba Ba Bohi

            “Steve Patterson”…Please go and spread your negativity somewhere else! We all know who you are, and you are annoying us like you annoys Bonita’s crowd, coaches, and players! Maybe you should take up a new hobby other than watching a Bonita’s practice everyday, even though you have done this “since 1997”. The Bearcats are better off without you as a fan!

          • Steve Patterson

            You should read before you respond, not once did I ever say that I attend every practice and definitely not since 1997. I merely stated that I have followed Bonita football since 97 when my oldest was a freshman. With that said let’s move on. I apologize for striking a nerve but don’t confuse my negativity with the truth, I’ve lived in La Verne since 1988 so as a “homer” I want nothing but the best for this program and right now that is not what I personally see. I have a right to my opinion and I should feel free to spew it here at the least. I thought maybe you did know who I am but if you did you’d know that I keep my mouth shut when around other parents just out of respect for their kids and my critism is shared with only a very small circle of friends definitely out of earshot when in the stands, whether it be at a practice or game. Believe me, I’d like to take away something positive from these past two seasons, I just don’t see many other than the same old cliches. So please, please give me some examples to convince me otherwise, (maybe I’m missing something), instead of just telling me to go away.

      • Steve Patterson

        I don’t have a kid in the program any longer but I have followed Bonita Football since 1997. As for my favorite player, any kid that sacrifices his spring and summer to commit to this program even against every odds that he will see any playing time and the constant barrage of explitives and criticism is my favorite player.

      • Steve Patterson

        In regards to what I want from Bonita, I would like to see a staff that works to develop the players we have. I admire the fact that you are a supporter of Bonita football as I am too but it’s apparent that you do not attend many practices. If you did, you would see the obvious discrepancy and dificiencies in the coaching staff as a whole and the lack of control by the head coach. The program had that with Podley, they don’t now.
        Medrano was handed the best scenerio in 2012 as a newly appointed head coach, a successful and respected program, an intact coaching staff, a 2nd year starting qb and the same offensive and defensive schemes and playbook as the prior years and has done nothing but make this a .500 program. One can only imagine where this team would finish had Peyton not transfered.
        So Reality, ask yourself this. After 8 games, do you see an improvement in this team from week 1? Or do you see the same correctable mistakes being made game after game? I don’t see improvement nor did I see it last season either.

  • 12th man

    Will the Serra league trump the Trinity league when you talk about at-large playoff spot? How big was the Amat win vs Santa Margarita who seem they might be in a similar situation as Amat…

    • inlandfootball

      They might look at signature wins though, and beating Mater Dei far exceeds any win that Amat has. They will probably also take into account how the teams finished the season as well.

      • Valley Athletics

        If amat wins final games and gets third. Santa margarita ends up in fourth . amat would go ahead of SM because of better record and head to head win which is big . Both teams would make it most likely because other leagues are weak after teams with automatic births.

        • Oooops

          Olu will beat SM this week and end up in 4th place in the
          Trinity. Trinity will finish Bosco, MD, Servite, Olu, SM, JSerra. Olu will receive the 1st At Large and Amat will receive the 2nd At Large (provided Amat beat Loyola) Should Loyola beat Amat, look for the Trinity to take both AT Large spots.

      • AMAT 73

        inlandIf AMAT wins out and we will , the head to head carries far more weight signature wins .

        • Valley Athletics

          4 points for a head to head win .

    • Valley Athletics

      If amat wins next 2 games . Alemany and notre dame win rest if games. amat will have great chance . 1 will be a trinity league 4th place team and Amat . The other leagues are weak this year . Last year the south coast was strong so that made it tough for crespi .

  • Not Since 1995


    Is that Coach Thomas…?

    Heh…heh! Heh…heh! Heh…heh!

    Turn out the lights…the party’s over…!

    Not In 2013 Lanceritos…

    • Not So Fast My Friend

      Yes sir. The exact same Coach Troy Thomas. lol

      Crespi isn’t where he wants them to be, far from it, but I wouldn’t go to sleep on them. Thomas has a good staff over there and their OC is top notch.


    Fred, you are taking Rowland over DB? Any particular reason for that?
    The Glendora/LO game Thursday should be a good one.

    • Steve Patterson

      Diamond bar has to forfeit their game against Rowland. Where have you been?


        I been around. Forgot DB didn’t have a game last week.

  • blue

    Duarte will beat basset

  • Dustin ohara

    I take glendora south hills crespi Ayala Bonita and diamond bar as my picks

    • Oooops

      I’ve never seen any team in the valley win a game vs. Forfeit, maybe DB will be the 1st.

      • Dustin ohara

        My bad dumb guys here then haveing that as a selection but I forgo one duarte beats basset jason martin baby!!!

    • MonkeyWrench

      You gots them all wrong…LMFAO

      • Dustin ohara

        I do not

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      I see you…That would be great!

  • Valley Athletics

    A crazy scenario in the Serra would be if Loyola beats notre dame, crespi beats alemany and Amat beats both crespi and Loyola . That would make everyone 2-2 .

    • AMAT 73

      Stranger things have happened in the Serra . It is a scenario that is very feesible .

  • Royal Blue Thunder

    Football: Santa Margarita 16, Mater Dei 7

    Trinity League: Santa Margarita saved its playoff hopes with an upset over a team ranked No. 10 in the nation.
    Posted by Martin Henderson (Editor-Ranch Santa Margarita Patch) , October 26, 2013 at 07:47 AM

    In Coach Harry Welch’s season of retirement, things haven’t gone exactly as he hoped. But he said Santa Margarita Catholic’s upset of Mater Dei on Friday was one of the best wins of his career—which includes 255 other victories.

    The Eagles knocked off one of the Southern Section’s power players with a strong defensive effort and a balanced effort from their backup quarterback.

    Score: Santa Margarita Catholic 16, Mater Dei 7

    Key Stats: Santa Margarita’s defense recorded three interceptions, two by Jonathan La Bounty, and didn’t allow a Mater Dei runner to gain more than 17 yards.

    Quotable: “We have so many inexperienced football players and several times they’ve played inexperienced and played scared … afraid to make mistakes,” SMCHS coach Harry Welch told the Orange County Register. “Tonight they played with intensity and confidence. I’m very proud of them. That’s one of the great victories of my career.”

    Records: Santa Margarita (4-4 overall, 1-2 in Trinity League), Mater Dei (7-1, 2-1)

    Notes: Mater Dei entered the game ranked No. 2 in Orange County, No. 3 in the Pac-5 Division and No. 10 nationally in the computerized Maxpreps Freeman Ratings. … Alex Ury, whose longest field goal this season has been 32 yards, kicked three field goals for Santa Margarita, of 34, 42 and 26 yards. The latter gave the Eagles a 9-7 lead with 10:58 remaining. … Kyle Sweet, in his first start this season at quarterback, passed for 88 yards and rushed for 87, including a touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 17 with 2:36 left in the game. …

    OC Top 10 and Patch’s Vote

    A loss might have prevented Santa Margarita from making the Pac-5 playoffs, but a victory over Mater Dei may have ensured its inclusion provided it wins next week against Orange Lutheran and the following week against JSerra. The win over Mater Dei will look good to the playoff selection committee. … Although you might think this series is one-sided, it’s not: Mater Dei leads the all-time series, 9-6. … Servite and Mater Dei are tied for second place in league with 2-1 records, but both still have games against St. John Bosco, the No. 1 team in the Pac-5 Division. Santa Margarita has already played Bosco.


    Fred what happened to your prediction? Fred how about showing a LITTLE LOVE for AZUSA! I mean throw them a LITTLE ARTICLE, “and don’t call it a comeback” from the song! LOL…