Great take by Steve Kerr on LaVar Ball being the Kardashian of sports and everyone eating it up

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All Encompassing boys basketball rankings: Los Altos edges Damien and Pasadena for top spot

The inaugural all-encompassing boys basketball rankings that includes teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

1. Los Altos (13-2) — Played way into top team over the Holidays with clutch performance in winning the Gold Division with a victory over Eastvale Roosevelt. Also crushed Maranatha.
2. Damien (14-2) – Has been solid, but knocked off perch with first round loss in Platinum Division of own tournament.
3. Pasadena (8-6) — Understand that it’s played a tough schedule, but Bulldogs should be better than this.
4. Cantwell Sacred Heart (14-3) – Played Sierra Canyon tough in 87-81 loss, and also has loss to Pasadena.
5. Walnut (13-3) – Won Glendora and Covina tournament titles and opens Hacienda with No. 1 Los Altos on Wednesday.
6. Muir (9-5) — Could be a serious contender in playoffs, but curious how it will do against Crescenta Valley and PHS in Pacific League.
7. St. Paul (13-3) – Losses to tough teams in JW North, St. John Bosco and St. Anthony.
8. Bishop Amat (13-3) — Solid start for the Lancers though the schedule has been easy.
9. Diamond Ranch (12-3) — The Panthers make the Hacienda extremely tough along with Los Altos and Walnut.
10. La Salle (11-5) – Edged out Blair, Keppel, La Habra for final spot

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All-Encompassing girls basketball rankings: Undefeated Glendora clear no. 1

The inaugural all-encompassing girls basketball rankings that includes teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

1. Glendora (17-0) – Unbelievable start and a real threat to go undefeated in the Palomares. Question is, will all this carry Tartans to the Open Division?
2. Keppel (12-3) – Good record against a very tough schedule.
3. La Canada (12-4) – Won Arroyo and own La Canada tourney, but lost last two games to Camarillo and Downey.
4. Sonora (13-2) — Good record but losses to La Canada and Keppel keep it from top three.
5. St. Paul (14-5) – Should be another solid year for the Swordsmen.
6. Pasadena (11-6) — Should battle Crescenta Valley for Pacific League.
7. Cantwell Sacred Heart (14-3) — Always one of the best from Whittier area.
8. Los Altos (9-5) — Still the favorites in the Hacienda?
9. Flintridge Prep (10-5) — Should battle Pasadena Poly for league title.
10. Bishop Amat (11-7) — Can argue that Walnut, Arcadia or Whittier Christian deserve this spot too.

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All encompassing boys soccer rankings: Montebello, St. Francis lead the way

The inaugural all-encompassing boys soccer rankings that includes teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

1. Montebello (10-1-3) – The Oilers look like the real deal and are ranked fifth overall by MaxPreps’ Southern Section rankings.
2. St. Francis (7-4-1) – Beat Mater Dei, Mission Viejo and Arcadia. Enough said, right?
3. California (8-2) – Had won six straight before a 2-1 loss to No. 1 Montebello
4. Baldwin Park (7-2-3) – Normally a slow starter, looked good in two penalty-kick victories to claim Sierra Vista/Baldwin Park tourney.
5. Diamond Ranch (9-4-2) – Looks like the Hacienda League favorites.
6. Sierra Vista (7-1-3) – Only loss to Baldwin Park in championship of Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista tourney.
7. Arcadia – (6-2-1) – Likely the favorite in a tightly contested Pacific Leauge field.
8. La Mirada (8-4-3) – Solid record against mostly Orange County opponents.
9. La Puente (6-1-1) — Warriors solid again and should be favorites to win the Miramonte League.
10. Azusa (7-1-1) — Was undefeated until a 2-1 loss to La Puente in last game.

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All Encompassing Girls Soccer Rankings: South Hills, La Mirada lead the way

The inaugural all-encompassing girls soccer rankings that includes teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
Girls Soccer Rankings
1. South Hills (10-2-2)
— Won Claremont tourney and ranked 10th overall in Southern Section by Maxpreps.
2. La Mirada (12-2-3) — Already 3-0 in Suburban and has been to three straight CIF-SS championship games.
3. Glendora (9-2-2) — Has been up and down and there was trouble in Palomares-opening tie with Claremont that resulted in two red cards.
4. Westridge (6-0-1) – Another one of the dangerous private’s from the Pasadena area.
5. Flintridge Prep (9-4-2) – Has played a fairly tough schedule, could be best overall from Pasadena area.
6. San Gabriel Academy (11-1-2) — Trying to figure out how its only loss was so bad — an 10-0 drubbing by Flintridge Prep.
7. St. Lucy’s (10-4-2) – Question is, will it be able to hold up in the tough Baseline League?
8. Flintridge Sacred Heart (5-2-3) – Once a Division I heavyweight, FSHA can still bang with anyone.
9. Bishop Amat (6-5-1) – Lancers struggling more than years past, but schedule has something to do with it.
10. South Pasadena (10-2-1) — Was undefeated until losing last two in the Claremont tournament to Bonita and South Hills.

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