Mid-Valley Division Bracketology: Get ready for 2009 all over again, San Dimas will end Monrovia’s four-peat quest

saintsMid-Valley Division Predictions, first round is on Friday …
MID-VALLEY DIVISION
Top Bracket

Sierra Canyon at No. 1 Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (M-Town)
Northview at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montebello); Aram (Montebello)
Rosemead at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Paramomead)
La Canada at No. 4 Paraclete, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Aram (Clete)
Bottom Bracket
Gabrielino at No. 3 San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Bell Gardens at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Marino); Aram (SM)
Schurr at View point, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Viewpoint); Aram (Schurr)
Baldwin Park at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Quarterfinals
Monrovia vs. Montebello
Rosemead vs. Paraclete
San Dimas vs. San Marino
Viewpoint vs. Arroyo
Semifinals
Monrovia vs. Paraclete
San Dimas vs. Arroyo
Finals
Monrovia vs. San Dimas
Champion: San Dimas
Explanation: Saints coach Bill Zernickow is not going to like this, but after going against the Saints in every big game this season, I’m taking them in the huge upset over Monrovia. Love how they’re playing and how they smacked Pomona in the VVL title game. And they’ve shocked the Mid-Valley before. Before Monrovia was the three-time defending champion, they were the BillyCats team that couldn’t win the big one, losing to San Dimas in the 2009 championship game, 12-7. That loss made Monrovia 0-9 in championship games before running off three straight titles, which is incredible too. If Monrovia wins a fourth straight, they will be the first Valley team to win four straight championships since Temple City’s magical run in the 70s, when it reeled off four straight from 1970-73, and seven titles during a 10-year stretch. San Dimas, since 2009, has played Monrovia well, going 3-4. Monrovia beat San Dimas 26-13 earlier in the year. But remember 2009, Monrovia did the same thing and San Dimas came back and beat Monrovia in the title game. Nobody in the Mid-Valley knows the blueprint better than Zernickow for pulling the upset, and yes, it will be a mammoth upset.

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Southeast Division Bracketology: Muir gets to the finals, but nobody’s touching La Serna. Got that, nobody.

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Southeast Division Predictions, first round is on Friday …
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
TOP BRACKET

West Covina at No. 1 Norwalk, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Norwalk); Aram (Norwalk)
El Rancho at Dominguez, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Dominguez); Aram (Dominguez)
Paramount at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (Paramount)
La Mirada at No. 4 Muir — Robledo (Muir); Aram (LM)
BOTTOM BRACKET
Burroughs at No. 3 La Serna, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Diamond Bar at Downey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Diamond Bar); Aram (Downey)
Mayfair at Burbank, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Mayfair)
Santa Fe at No. 2 Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Quarterfinals
Norwalk vs. Dominguez
Los Altos vs. Muir
La Serna vs. Diamond Bar
Burbank vs. Diamond Ranch
Semifinals
Muir vs. Norwalk
La Serna vs. Diamond Ranch
Finals
Muir vs. La Serna
Champion: La Serna
Explanation: I know, I know, Muir looked terrible in its finale squeezing out a win over Pasadena, and has a very tough first round game in La Mirada, then possibly Los Altos and undefeated Norwalk. But keep in mind, Muir’s only loss was to Alemany and athlete for athlete, player for player, they’re good enough to make a run to the finals, and it’s about time. The problem is, nobody is beating La Serna. Not Diamond Ranch or whoever comes out of the top bracket. They’re the most battled tested team there is, and after two trips to the finals and coming up short, who’s hungrier than them, or has the resume they do against quality teams? Nobody.

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Inland Division Bracketology: Upland woke up sleeping giant, Rancho Cucamonga is going all the way

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Inland Division Predictions, first round is on Friday …
INLAND DIVISION
Top Bracket

Los Osos at No. 1 Vista Murrieta, 7 p.m.
Yucaipa at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Redlands East Valley at Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m.
Great Oak at No. 2 Norco, 7 p.m.
Bottom Bracket
South Hills at No. 3 Upland, 7 p.
Corona Santiago at Eisenhower, 7 p.m.
Chino Hills at Chaparral, 7 p.m.
Etiwanda at No. 2 Corona Centennial, 7 p.m.
Quarterfinals
Vista Murrieta vs. Charter Oak
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Norco
Upland vs. Eisenhower
Chaparral vs. Corona Centennial
Semifinals
Vista Murrieta vs. Rancho Cucamonga
Upland vs. Corona Centennial
Finals
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Corona Centennial
Champion: Rancho Cucamonga
Explanation: I’m not going to try and explain how Upland ended Rancho Cucamonga’s undefeated season in Week 10, but what it probably did is making Rancho hungrier than ever. I know Vista and Centennial are the prohibitive favorites, but I smell an upset all the way to the San Gabriel Valley.

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Northwest Division Bracketology: Sorry Azusa, La Puente and Duarte, Final Four is probably out of reach

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Northwest Division Predictions, first round is on Friday …
NORTHWEST DIVISION
Top Bracket
Bishop Montgomery at No. 1 Oak Park, 7 p.m.
Cerritos Valley Christian at La Puente, 7 p.m.
Carpinteria at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Santa Paula at No. 4 El Segundo, 7 p.m.
Bottom Bracket
Bishop Diego at No. 3 North Torrance, 7 p.m.
Duarte at Maranatha, 7 p.m.
Torrance at Azusa, 7 p.m.
Verbum Dei at No. 2 Nordoff, 7 p.m.
Quarterfinals
Oak Park vs. La Puente
La Salle vs. El Segundo
North Torrance vs. Maranatha
Azusa vs. Nordoff
Semifinals
Oak Park vs. El Segundo
North Torrance vs. Nordoff
Finals
Oak Park vs. Nordoff
Champion: Oak Park

Explanation: Nothing like picking the chalk. Never seen Oak Park or Nordoff, but do realize that none of our locals, Maranatha, La Salle, La Puente, Azusa or Duarte are capable of winning the division. If any of our locals had a shot at reaching the semifinals, it’s probably La Salle or Azusa.

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Tribskin Pick’em: CIF first-round predictions, got Charter Oak, Diamond Bar, Azusa winning; West Covina, Pomona, South Hills going down

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 (16-2, last week); (155-58, season total)
Fred Robledo (15-3, last week); (155-58, season total)

boysindahoodLast Week: Aram picked up a game and we’re dead even heading into the playoffs. Aram and I split on Hacienda games. I won taking Los Altos over West Covina but he got one back taking Diamond Ranch over Bonita. We both lost taking Chino Hills over Damien, but Aram picked up one on me taking San Dimas over Pomona.

This Weeks: We’ll pick every game in each of the four divisions and in the next two days, I’ll make my predictions for each bracket.

Friday’s first-round CIF playoff and predictions
MID-VALLEY DIVISION
Top Bracket

Sierra Canyon at No. 1 Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (M-Town)
Northview at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montebello); Aram (Montebello)
Rosemead at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Paramomead)
La Canada at No. 4 Paraclete, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Aram (Clete)
Bottom Bracket
Gabrielino at No. 3 San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Bell Gardens at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Marino); Aram (SM)
Schurr at View point, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Viewpoint); Aram (Schurr)
Baldwin Park at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)

SOUTHEAST DIVISION
TOP BRACKET

West Covina at No. 1 Norwalk, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Norwalk); Aram (Norwalk)
El Rancho at Dominguez, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Dominguez); Aram (Dominguez)
Paramount at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (Paramount)
La Mirada at No. 4 Muir — Robledo (Muir); Aram (LM)
BOTTOM BRACKET
Burroughs at No. 3 La Serna, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Diamond Bar at Downey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Diamond Bar); Aram (Downey)
Mayfair at Burbank, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Mayfair)
Santa Fe at No. 2 Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)

INLAND DIVISION
Top Bracket

Los Osos at No. 1 Vista Murrieta, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Vista); Aram (VM)
Yucaipa at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Redlands East Valley at Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rancho); Aram (RC)
Great Oak at No. 2 Norco, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Norco); Aram (N)
Bottom Bracket
South Hills at No. 3 Upland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Upland); Aram (The U)
Corona Santiago at Eisenhower, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Eisenhower); Aram (Santiago)
Chino Hills at Chaparral, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chaparral); Aram (Chaparral)
Etiwanda at No. 2 Corona Centennial, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Corona); Aram (Cent)

NORTHWEST DIVISION
Top Bracket

Bishop Montgomery at No. 1 Oak Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Oak Park); Aram (OP)
Cerritos Valley Christian at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Carpinteria at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (Carp)
Santa Paula at No. 4 El Segundo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Segundo); Aram (SP)
Bottom Bracket
Bishop Diego at No. 3 North Torrance, 7 p.m. — Robledo (NTorrance); Aram (BD)
Duarte at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Maranatha)
Torrance at Azusa, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Verbum Dei at No. 2 Nordoff, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nordoff); Aram (Nordstroms)

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CIF-SS football pairings: Arroyo, San Dimas, Diamond Ranch earn top seeds


The CIF-SS football playoff pairings are posted, enjoy.

CIF-FOOTBALL PAIRINGS STORY: In the hope of reaching the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship game, Mission Valley League champion Arroyo and Valle Vista League champion San Dimas got its wish, earning the No. 2 and 3 seeds respectively following the release of the CIF-SS Divisional pairings on Sunday.
Both schools did not want to be on the same side of the bracket as three-time defending champion Monrovia, who earned the No. 1 seed. And if seeds hold true to form, Arroyo and San Dimas could meet in a highly anticipated semifinal game, though there is a lot of work to get there.

All first-round games Friday, 7 p.m.
MID VALLEY DIVISION

SOUTHEAST DIVISION

INLAND DIVISION

NORTHWEST DIVISION

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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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San Dimas, Arroyo, Azusa clinch league championships; Damien stuns Chino Hills to force three-way tie in Sierra, but CHills and South Hills win playoff coin flips; Amat wins, but will it get in?

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FRIDAY’S RESULTS
BASELINE LEAGUE

Glendora 38, Alta Loma 3 — Great finish for the Tartans who will likely apply for an at-large in the Inland. Will they get it? Probably not.
HACIENDA LEAGUE
Diamond Bar 60, Walnut 28 – Brahmas return after suspensions and long absence to punch its ticket to the Southeast playoffs.
MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE
Arroyo 17, Rosemead 13 Went back and forth before the Knights finally pulled it out to win the Mission Valley League title and finish 9-1.
Gabrielino 56, El Monte 28 — Just a tough year for the Lions.
Mountain View at South El Monte, 7 p.m.
MONTVIEW LEAGUE
Azusa 26, Bassett 21 The Aztecs had already clinched a share of the Montview but got it outright with win over the tough Olympians.
Duarte 69, Ganesha 18 — Falcons finish season in style.
La Puente vs. Gladstone
Sierra Vista vs. Workman
SERRA LEAGUE
Bishop Amat 21, Loyola 16 — Lancers avoid going winless in league for the first time since … the 70s? Now Lancers hoping for miracle of all miracles, an at-large playoff berth in Pac-5. Don’t hold your breath.
SIERRA LEAGUE
Charter Oak 47, Claremont 7 – Chargers go undefeated in Sierra to claim third straight league title.
Damien 42, Chino Hills 28 – The shocker of all shockers. Damien scores 28 unanswered points to pull it out and finish in a three-way tie. But Chino Hills and South Hills won the coin flips, leaving Damien out of the playoffs.
South Hills 42, Ayala 20 South Hills would have clinched a playoff spot as long as Damien lost. With the Spartans winning, Chino Hills, Damien and South Hills finish in a three-way tie. But South Hills gets in on coin flip, finishes second.
VALLE VISTA LEAGUE
San Dimas 49, Pomona 6 Let me tell you something, as long as they avoid Monrovia, the Saints can get to the Mid-Valley title game. What a great win over undefeated Pomona.
Baldwin Park 35, Wilson 13 — Braves finish strong.
Northview at Nogales

We’ve got everything covered on championship Friday. I’ll cover and tweet Pomona at San Dimas for the Valle Vista league title and Aram will cover and tweet Arroyo at Rosemead for the Mission Valle League title. Mike the Cousin and Steve Ramirez will be at the Rio Hondo League title game, Monrovia at San Marino. Mike will launch scribble live from San Marino and will have updates of all the games, including Bishop Amat, who is trying to avoid going winless in league for the first time since … the 70s? David Felton will provide updates from the Almont League title game, Schurr vs. Montebello and Will Routt will cover and tweet the Montview League title game, Arroyo at Bassett. Henry Montemayor will update on Diamond Bar at Walnut. Diamond Bar needs a win to clinch a playoff berth. If they lose, West Covina gets the automatic berth in the Hacienda. Diamond Ranch and Los Altos already punched their tickets. It should be a wild night, return after the games for the PrepXtra Live at 11 p.m.

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Diamond Ranch and Los Altos both win, leaving Diamond Bar smiling — for now

lOSALTOSWINWith Diamond Ranch beating Bonita 25-15 and Los Altos defeating West Covina 24-21, Diamond Ranch finishes undefeated in the Hacienda, going 9-1 and 6-0. Los Altos finishes second at 8-2 and 4-2. West Covina (5-5, 3-3) and Bonita (6-4, 3-3) are tied for third. Diamond Bar (5-4, 2-3) finishes with Walnut tomorrow. If Diamond Bar wins, it finishes in a three-way tie for third with West Covina and Bonita, but Diamond Bar owns the tiebreaker because of head to head wins over West Covina and Bonita, which would put the Brahmas in the playoffs. If Diamond Bar loses, West Covina finishes third because of its head to head win over Bonita. Bonita’s only chance now is an at-large. Regardless, Diamond Bar quarterback Tyler Peterson’s tweeted his thoughts after Thursday night’s outcomes

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Pomona football looking for first league title since 2003 when it visits San Dimas

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STORY: Manny Lua stood on a sideline at Covina District Stadium as Pomona High School squared off against Northview. He was injured in the first half, sustaining a broken collarbone so severe that a bone was nearly protruding through the skin. Pomona coach Aaron Jamieson tried to convince his junior quarterback to go to the hospital, but to no avail.
Lua eventually watched the Red Devils secure a 17-9 victory, then he went to the hospital. He wanted to be there to help his successor — sophomore Darreon Lockett.

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Cross Country: Glendora sweeps Baseline; Bonita girls, Walnut boys take Hacienda

STORY: Glendora cross country coach Steve Sumner wasn’t especially pleased with the way the Tartans ran at the Mt. SAC Invitational.
Wednesday, running on the same course 11 days after the invitational, Sumner was happier with his team’s result. Just as they did during the first two league meets, the Tartans swept the boys and girls team titles at the Baseline League cross country finals at Mt. San Antonio College.

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STORY/VIDEO: Oh my, Chino Hills beats St. Lucy’s in girls volleyball to share the Sierra League title

forsaleSTORY: The Chino Hills volleyball team may have lost to St. Lucy’s in three games the first time the teams played. But it didn’t necessarily consider itself the underdog this time around. Two of those games were close and could have gone either way and it was ready for another chance.This time the Huskies left no doubt in storming to a 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 in a Sierra League finale on Tuesday in Chino Hills. The win gave the Huskies (17-8, 9-1) a share of the league title with St. Lucy’s (18-8, 9-1).

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Only Covina, Wilson survive first round of girls tennis playoffs

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CIF-SS GIRLS TENNIS TEAM PLAYOFFS
WEDNESDAY’S FIRST ROUND RESULTS
DIVISION 2

Troy 17, St. Lucy’s 1
St. Margaret’s 13, Diamond Bar 5
Villa Park 9, Ayala 9, Villa Park wins on games, 71-62
La Canada 10, Rowland 8
Placentia Valencia 12, Claremont 6
Anaheim Canyon 13, Walnut 5
DIVISION 3
Millikan 9, Glendora 9, Millikan wins on games, 71-69
DIVISION 5
Carpinteria 17, Sierra Vista 1
Covina 14, Norte Vista 4
Wilson 17, La Sierra 1
Nordoff 10, Gladstone 8

SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 5
Wilson at Twentynine Palms, 2 p.m., Thursday
Ridgecrest Burroughs at Covina, 2 p.m., Friday

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PREPXTRA: Fred, Aram and Steve Discuss Week 10 scenarios and make predictions

MID-VALLEY DIVISION WEEK 10 MADNESS, has there ever been anything like it? It’s rare that one division can pack so much drama into the final week of the high school football season, but that’s exactly what the Mid-Valley Division will do this Friday.
Five, count ‘em, five league championship games will take place across the division and in addition to determining league title winners, the top-four seeds of the upcoming playoffs will also be deciphered.


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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: The best teams are the best teams, Charter Oak, Chino Hills and Bishop Amat still top 3

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Above: Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton has his team at No. 4

TRIBUNE SUPER 35 RANKINGS
1. Charter Oak (5-4) — After winning a third straight Sierra League title — and the least expected after an 0-4 start, the Chargers proved they could handle the step up in class after years of dominating the Miramonte. Now comes an even bigger test. Can the Chargers do any damage in the Inland playoffs?
2. Bishop Amat (5-4) – Folks expect the Lancers to be dropped. But it’s just not practical, even though their season ends on Friday. Even CalPreps’ computers still have Amat No. 1 in the area by a landslide. They could finish last in the Serra, but they still deserve this spot. Ask Charter Oak and Chino Hills, they’ll vouch.
3. Chino Hills (7-2) — Charter Oak may have beaten the Huskies and will win the Sierra title, but Chino Hills is ranked eighth in the Inland while the Chargers are No. 10.
4. Diamond Ranch (8-1) – The Hacienda League champs need to defeat Bonita to maintain the second seed in the Southeast Division. Nobody thought anyone would run the table in the Hacienda, but the Panthers are a game away from doing just that.
5. Glendora (6-3) — All those close wins at the beginning are coming back to haunt the Tartans. They lost an absolute heartbreaker to Los Osos and after a 6-0 start, the Tartans won’t make the playoffs.
6. Arroyo (8-1) – The Knights are hoping to nab a top four seed and the way to do it is by beating Rosemead — at Rosemead for the outright Mission Valley League title. This is the Knights’ biggest game since a season opening loss to Los Altos. Let’s see how far they’ve come.
7. Pomona (9-0) — Some are giving the areas only undefeated team little chance in Friday’s Valle Vista League title game against San Dimas. But the Red Devils have been proving the doubters wrong all year. What’s one more time?
8. Bonita (6-3) — The Bearcats are back in the playoff mix after stunning Los Altos at home. They can still be a dangerous playoff team. They have so many weapons, but they’ve battled inconsistency.
9. Los Altos (7-2) – The Conquerors need to win statement games, playoff clinchers, and they haven’t been able to do it — not in the last few years. They’ll get another chance against a hot West Covina team on Thursday.
10. San Dimas (5-4) — I don’t remember anyone starting 0-4 and dominating a league as thoroughly as the Saints. Maybe it’s because they haven’t played Pomona yet, but regardless, it’s still impressive.
The Rest: 11. Diamond Bar (5-4); 12. Rosemead (8-1); 13. South Hills (4-5); 14. West Covina (5-4); 15. Damien (4-5); 16. Azusa (7-2); 17. Ayala (3-6); 18. Northview (7-2); 19. Baldwin Park (6-3); 20. Duarte (5-4); 21. Bassett (5-4); 22. La Puente (6-3); 23. Claremont (1-8); 24. Covina (4-6); 25. Mountain View (4-5); 26. Walnut (2-7), 27. Rowland (3-7); 28. South El Monte (2-7); 29. Sierra Vista (2-7); 30. Nogales (2-7); 31. Gladstone (2-7); 32. Ganesha (3-6); 33. Workman (3-6); 34. El Monte (1-8); 35. Wilson (1-8).

TRIBUNE LEADERS (as reported by Maxpreps)
PASSING

1. Kory Brown, Charter Oak, 2,708 yards, 18 TDS
2. Michael Moran, Baldwin Park, 2,642 yards, 24 TDs
3. Koa Haynes, Bishop Amat, 2,364 yards, 19 TDs
4. Nathan Coto, Arroyo, 2,305 yards, 27 TDs
5. Jacob Tovar, La Puente, 1,626 yards, 14 TDs
6. Jose Ledesma, Azusa, 1,497 yards, 13 TDs
7. Craig Myers, Claremont, 1,402 yards, 12 TDs
8. Tyler Peterson, Diamond Bar, 1,389 yards, 11 TDs
9. Daniel Martinez, Chino Hills, 1,353 yards, 10 TDs
10. Brian Meyette, Ayala, 1,271 yards, 10 TDs
RUSHING
1. Donavon Davis, Ganesha, 1,828 yards, 25 TDs
2. Justin Torres, Sierra Vista, 1,481 yards, 12 TDs
3. Jose Moreno, Mountain View, 1,258 yards, 13 TDs
4. Cecil Fleming, Claremont, 1,179 yards, 10 TDs
5. Alex Salgado, Workman, 1,163 yards, 13 TDs
6. Adam Goss, South Hills, 1,129 yards, 12 TDs
7. Jake Payton, Bonita, 1,117 yards, 16 TDs
8. Cameron Blackburn, Azusa, 1,039 yards, 9 TDs
9. Alex Zavala, Rosemead, 1,004 yards, 8 TDs
10. Estuardo Marcos, Los Altos, 979 yards, 17 TDs
RECEIVING
1. Donavin Washington, Charter Oak, 1,292 yards, 9 TDs
2. Jose Ochoa, La Puente, 1,023 yards, 12 TDs
3. Nico Lozano, Arroyo, 969 yards, 11 TDs
4. Raymen Barraza, Baldwin Park, 907 yards, 7 TDs
5. Jayson Miller, Baldwin Park, 849 yards, 9 TDs
6. Zion Echols, Charter Oak, 837 yards, 9 TDs
7. Roy Barrajas, El Monte, 731 yards, 2 TDs
8. Shawn Wilson, Pomona, 717 yards, 10 TDs
9. Andre Long, Workman, 628 yards, 5 TDs
10. Eric Ruff, Bassett, 617 yards, 4 TDs

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After NFL coaching health scares, Aram talks to High School Football coaches about health risks

“I’ve had to have the doctor come over and check me. Not this year, but in the past, I’ve had that happen on the sideline. I can remember two or three of them. Let’s just say I know what (Kubiak) was going through. It’s an occupational hazard. Stress and sometimes you’re not as hydrated as you should be. And you don’t eat right. It wears and tears on you.” Charter Oak football coach Lou Farrar
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STORY: When Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed while leaving the field at halftime of Sunday’s nationally televised game against the Indianapolis Colts, social media immediately blew up with discussions of just how demanding and potentially harmful the coaching profession can be.
The concerns about the toll long hours and unhealthy habits of coaches are also felt locally by high school football coaches who put their bodies through the rigors and stress of a now year-around season for very little pay.

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CIF-SS Football Polls: Mid-Valley could change quite a bit depending on Friday championship games

FINAL CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION FOOTBALL POLLS HEADING IN SELECTION SUNDAY

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MID-VALLEY DIVISION
1. Monrovia (8-1), 2. Arroyo (8-1), 3. Viewopoint (8-1), 4. San Marino (8-1), 5. Pomona (9-0), 6. San Dimas (5-4), 7. Paraclete (5-4), 8. Northview (7-2), 9. Rosemead (8-1), 10. Montebello (6-3).

SOUTHEAST DIVISION
1. Norwalk (9-0), 2. Diamond Ranch (8-1), 3. La Serna (7-2), 4. Muir (8-1), 5. Dominguez (7-2), 6. Los Altos (7-2), 7. Burbank (7-2), 8. Paramount (6-3), 9. Downey (5-4), 10. El Rancho (6-3).

INLAND DIVISION
1. Vista Murrieta (8-1), 2. Rancho Cucamonga (9-0), 3. Corona Centennial (7-2), 4. Norco (6-3), 5. Chaparral (7-2), 6. Upland (6-3), 7. Corona Santiago (5-4), 8. Chino Hills (7-2), 9. Great Oak (5-4), 10. Charter Oak (5-4).

NORTHWEST DIVISION
1. Oak Park (8-1), 2. Nordoff (8-1), 3. Bishop Diego (7-2), 4. El Segundo (6-3), 5. La Salle (7-2), 6. Maranatha (7-2), 7. Carpinteria (7-2), 8. Azusa (7-2), 9. Verbum Dei (6-3), 10t. North Torrance (5-4), 10 T. La Puente (6-3).

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Get ready for a wild finish in the Hacienda

To nobody’s surprise, the Hacienda League playoff race got even more muddied on Friday.
The guilty party was the Bonita High School football team, which kept Los Altos from clinching second place and a guaranteed playoff berth by stunning the Conquerors, 44-32.
10-4-13 DRANCH11“That’s what we were hoping for,” Bonita head coach Adrian Medrano said when asked how it felt to wreak havoc on the league standings. “We don’t want a repeat of last year’s nightmare end to the season. We’re looking to avoid that at all cost. We want to make sure we take care of business next week against Diamond Ranch.”

As someone on the blog so accurately pointed out, here are the scenarios.
1. BoHi beats DR and LA beats WC = #1 DR, #2 BoHi, #3 LA with DB as possible wildcard
2. DR beats BoHi and LA beats WC = #1 DR, #2 LA, #3 DB with WC as possible wildcard
3. BoHi beats DR and WC beats LA = #1 DR, #2 WC, #3 BoHi with LA as possible wildcard
4. DR beats Bohi and WC beats LA = #1 DR, #2 WC, #3 DB with as BoHi possible wildcard

All scenarios assume that DB beats Walnut.

Scenario #4 requires a point system to be used to break a 3 way tie with DB, LA, Bohi. DB wins with the tie breaker with more quality wins vs Bohi, WC, and Walnut (projected). Bohi then wins remaining tie breaker with LA due to Head to Head (after DB is elevated to #3).

Scenario’s #1,2, and 3 are all based on record and Head to Head eliminations.

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Tribskin Pick’em Predictions: Pomona will shock San Dimas; Arroyo knocks out Rosemead and Azusa ends Bassett’s title hopes

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 (13-4, last week); (139-56, season total)
Fred Robledo (12-5, last week); (140-55, season total)

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Last Week: Aram picked up another game and so I’ve got a one-game lead heading into Week 10. We both missed taking Los Altos over Bonita, Bishop Amat over Crespi and Damien over South Hills. Aram missed his fourth taking Glendora over Los Osos, but he picked up one because I missed taking Gladstone over Ganesha and Bassett over Duarte for five losses total.

This Week: In the Valle Vista, San Dimas has won by a margin of 41 points and Pomona by 30 points. The Red Devils, however, are a perfect 9-0 and though it played a much softer pre-season schedule, my guess is they’ve been waiting for this opportunity far too long and will finally knock San Dimas off its perch on Friday. Bassett had a terrible fourth quarter against Duarte and figures to give Azusa a tough game for the Montview league title. But the Aztecs have handled the Montview better and at home, I expect them to close it out. Arroyo hasn’t lost since the season opener to Los Altos and is trying to secure the No. 2 seed in the Mid-Valley Division. But Rosemead has been tough as nails. It figures to be a classic MVL showdown for the title, but Arroyo will be just a little better. In other games, I expect South Hills to clinch a playoff berth with a win at Ayala. In the Hacienda I never thought anyone would go unbeaten and still feel that way so I’m taking Bonita over Diamond Ranch, especially after the way it handled Los Altos. I also expect Los Altos to bounce back and beat West Covina. Diamond Bar should close out Walnut on Friday and regardless of what happens, I expect Diamond Bar to at least get a wild-card berth if it doesn’t finish top three in league. I’m taking Amat in the league finale against Loyola, but their season in all likelihood ends unless you believe CIF is giving the Serra league both at-large berths, which would be the stunner of all stunners.

THURSDAY’S GAMES AND PREDICTIONS
HACIENDA LEAGUE

Bonita at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (D-Ranch)
West Covina at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (West Covina)
FRIDAY’S GAMES AND PREDICTIONS
BASELINE LEAGUE
Glendora vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Glendora)
HACIENDA LEAGUE
Diamond Bar at Walnut , 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (D-Bar)
MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE
Arroyo at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Gabrielino at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gabby); Aram (Gabrielino)
Mountain View at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MVHS)
MONTVIEW LEAGUE
Azusa at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Ganesha at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
La Puente vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Aram (LP)
Sierra Vista vs. Workman, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Aram (SV)
SERRA LEAGUE
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
SIERRA LEAGUE
Charter Oak at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (CO)
Chino Hills at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
South Hills at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Aram (SH)
VALLE VISTA LEAGUE
Pomona at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (SD)
Baldwin Park at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Northview at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)

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