West Covina, Baldwin Park get CIF-SS at-large bids; Amat, Glendora denied

West Covina High School usually plays one of the tougher football schedules in the area. That philosophy paid big dividends for the Bulldogs Saturday.
West Covina, after finishing the regular season 5-5 overall and losing the third-place tiebreaker to Diamond Bar in the Hacienda League, received the lone at-large bid for the Southeast Division when the CIF-Southern Section released the at-large entries for the upcoming divisional playoffs.
The brackets will be released Sunday.
Baldwin Park, which was 7-3 and finished fourth in the Valle Vista League, was the only other area team to receive an at-large bid, getting a spot in the Mid-Valley playoffs.
Bishop Amat, which was hoping for a spot in the Pac-5 Division, and Glendora, looking to make the Inland Division bracket, were denied.

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  • Inland_FB_Fan

    I told you Glendora was over rated!
    Amat fans…need so tickets to watch a playoff game??? Average…AGAIN!

    • StupidityShouldHurt

      How is Glendora overrated? They went 7-3 and played a schedule that saw 6 of their 10 opponents make the Inland Division playoffs. They were 9 seconds away from being 9-1 and being Baseline League champs. However those 9 seconds happened but they still beat two league champions from the Inland Division. Who else did that? I know you have to bring others down to make yourself feel better but at least have some intelligence about it.

      • Real talk

        Amat is still on everyone’s mind.. as a Amat fan I could care less about inland football. Just shows you when you win championships people still care what you are doing year in year out. I will start worrying when Amat is not talked about.

        • Holly Cow

          Ummmm, SSH was talking about Glendora not Amat. Where do you get Amat out of what he posted?

          @SSH – Glendora was also just a few seconds away from being 2-8

          • AMAT 73

            HC,
            Follow the posts . It started with inlands post on Glendora and then he goes on to ask AMAT fans if we need playoff tickets .

    • AMAT 73

      Yes you got any tickets to the MD vs Oaks game or even ND vs St Bonnies , they should be great games . I hope you weren’t insinuating we would want any tickets to an IE playoff game were you ????????

  • Inland Empire

    Bonita was way over rated too, three year starter was and is terrible. Without Payton team probably wouldn’t have won more then two games. Perhaps Medrano has learned you cant win by playing only 15 kids in all 11 positions. If he thinks the 50+ other kids (on the team) cant play, then he should let those parents know so they wont waste their time fund raising so that the fifteen studs can play. If these 15 kids are such great players and can play any and all positions why are none of them being recruited for any position?

    • Lupe

      Someone’s bitter that lil Johnny doesn’t get to play. Maybe those are the only 15 ball players he has and if he plays the other 50 ,they’d lose EVERY game.

      • Inland Empire

        No to win you need to have depth, and you need to develop players so that when a starter goes down the number 2 is just as good as the starter. You cant expect only 11 kids to play the entire game because they physically cant do it, fatigue sets in. This is why Bonita fell apart in the second half of most games. It also develops a system that prevents large drop offs in talent from year to year. You cant look at it as a starting over every year. The plan should be to plug a few spots with players who have lesser experience but who have the same skill set / knowledge and are familiar with the system. With he current rules of CIF where football is a year round sport, there is no reason why any team should really have huge drop off year to year, unless a new coaching staff comes in.

        • IC Green

          You’re way off base IE. Medrano proved he’s not a great coach but it wasn’t because he played 15 players in 11 positions. There were a lot more than 15 players on both sides of the ball.

          Medrano’s biggest mistake was hiring a bunch of inept position coaches when Podley and just about everyone else but Medina deserted him after a disastrous 2012 campaign. For example, exactly what qualifications to be QB coach did Pendleton have besides the fact he once played there? Zero. And what did Diebold gain from Pendleton? Zero. If anything he digressed.

          This should’ve been Bonita’s year. They were stockpiled with tons of returning talent at the skill positions — not only with their senior class but several juniors also played valuable time as sophomores. Look who was back for Bonita. A 3-year starter at QB in Diebold. A quality backup in Brazzill. Loy and Greco at RB. Receivers Theard, Ramos, Cochran, Diaz and Gelalich. McQueen on the Dline. Loy and Montoya at LB. Then all those experienced DB’s: Karim, Diaz, Gelalich, Smith. Jake Payton was just a cherry on top of all the eye candy.

          What a waste.

          • Inland Empire

            IC green I would agree with you a little, but here is where i would disagree. Medrano confirmed he is not a head coach. It would be interesting to see why those coaches left, i would suspect because of the head coach. I do also believe that just because you played at the school gives you no right to be a main position coach on a varsity team with no coaching background. One should start at the freshman level after some years in youth football to get a good coaching base. But look at tall those players you mentioned: Loy: MLB/RB/Rec, Theard: Rec / Corner, Ramos Rec/ LB, Cochran: Rec / LB, Diaz: Corner / WR, Gelaiich Corner / Rec, Mcqueen: OL/DL, Montoya: LB / Rec, There alone are 8 starters both ways. Not to mention all other OL players flopped over to DL. I would agree talent was high but endurance was low, fatigue set in and was the down fall. For next year Bonita needs to get a solid staff in place before spring and find replacements for all the graduating seniors. Alot of the players you mentioned are juniors and will be back, so again a lot of talent in skilled positions. Issues will be line play as it was this year.

          • IC Green

            Yes the players you mentioned flip-flopped now and then but they also generally rested for a series or two at various times. None of them constantly played both ways. While I’m sure players naturally became fatigued at times, I don’t blame any defeats on fatigue.

            It doesn’t change my opinion (and it’s just an observation on my part) that the coaches squandered and wasted an abundance of talent.

  • 626

    CIF got this one right. A 5-5 WC wouldn’t be 5-5 if they played CV’s schedule and CV wouldn’t be 8-2 had they played WC’s schedule.

    Compare the pre-seasons:

    CV: Verdugo Hills, San Marino, La Canada

    WC: Colony, LB Wilson, South Hills, Chino Hills

    Compare the Leagues:

    Pacific: Arcadia, Burbank, Burroughs, Glendale, Hoover, Muir, Pasadena

    Hacienda: Bonita, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Rowland, Wilson

    Half of the Hacienda spent most of the season on the CIF Southeast Top 10, and playing the likes of Chino Hills, South Hills, and Colony is nothing like going up against Verdugo Hills, San Marino, and La Canada.

    Again, CIF got this one right.

  • 626

    Here’s all you need to know about CIF’s At-large selections.

    Crespi 2012 vs. Crespi 2013

    Crespi 2012: 8-2 record and NO At-large selection

    Salpointe Catholic

    Taft

    Liberty

    Clovis West

    Palisades

    Westlake

    Loyola

    Notre Dame

    Bishop Amat

    Alemany

    Crespi 2013: 4-6 and an At-large selection

    Taft

    Salpointe Catholic

    Bishop Gorman

    Clovis West

    Westlake

    Vista Murrieta

    Loyola

    Notre Dame

    Bishop Amat

    Alemany

    The schedules look almost identical except for two big differences. Liberty and Palisades were taken out in 2013 and replaced by NATIONAL powerhouse Bishop Gorman and Southland powerhouse Vista Murrieta. Crespi’s schedule in 2012 was nothing to sneeze at, but their schedule this year was just plain ridiculous. Those two MAJOR upgrades made ALL the difference when it came to the At-large selection, and it’s the reason why Crespi has earned a Pac-5 playoff appearance. And a perfect example of why WC got the nod over CV.

    • crespidad

      Finally, someone understands the system. Thank you for sharing your input. We have a tough one this friday against Mission Viejo.

  • Not Since 1995

    Dear MrsDoubtFire73

    Tell me how my a$$ tastes…!

    Keep washing them football pads and those yellow and blue unees…little man…!

    Not in 2013…

    Not Even By A Coin-Flip….

    • AMAT 73

      Quasimodo King of Fools aka The Village Idiot ,
      Coin Fip !!!! Can you say coin flip , COIN FLIP , come on your puppies have to resort to a coin flip to get in , what has become of the late great puppies , shiat even we beat CO on a regular basis and your pups can’t even do that . Still choking on those wads you swallowed this season on behalf of both CO and AMAT ????? And your on here talking crap . We smacked your azz on the field and as you can see now on the blog . You truely are the village idiot to come on here and talk crap about AMAT . So I guess now a coin flpip is acceptable ?????????????
      Not in 2012 or 2013 either hahahahahaha .
      Maybe now that we are so irrelevant as you say you can go on and bash MTown or CO as they did make the playoffs .

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      Come back home Hyna…Im so jealous…post about Monrovia..please.

      • Not Since 1995

        GP aka Gangrovia Bitch

        Get off of the street corner…your a$$ is leaking…!

        • GP AKA Green Machine

          Hyna- your words are golden!

        • PatrickHT

          Haha..you stupid! LOL