My football league predictions entering league this week …
1. Charter Oak, 2. West Covina, 3. Los Altos, 4. Diamond Ranch, 5. Chino, 6. Walnut
Buying: What the Chargers did to Glendora shows me they’re the best of the best. West Covina’s three losses were to Colony, Tesoro and St. Francis, I just think their size will take care of everyone but the speed of Charter Oak. Once Los Altos gets away from silly trick plays, they’re a legitimate playoff contender. They could possibly finish second, but that’s their ceiling.
Not buying: Diamond Ranch’s wins have come against opponents with a combined 4-17 record and they lost 7-0 to South Hills. Chino may be undefeated, but that’s only because they played the weakest schedule among the group. Barely beating Rowland means they’ll probably lose to Charter Oak by 30 on Friday.
1. Glendora, 2. Bonita, 3. Claremont, 4. Diamond Bar, 5. Ayala, 6. South Hills.
Buying: Extremely tough league to call. Any of the top four could possibly win it, but buying the Tartans because of QB Matt Fink. Charter Oak matched up well and blew out the Tartans, but the Tartans have played a tough schedule, tougher than anyone in the Palomares and should be good enough to win it. Will they go undefeated? Not sure, but they’re the best of the rest. Bonita’s win over Monrovia was impressive and what they’ve done to teams they’re supposed to beat is impressive, but can they keep it going? The Bearcats’ league title hopes will be determined the first two weeks opening with Claremont followed by Glendora.
Not Buying: I love the defense Diamond Bar is playing, I just feel the teams I have ahead are better. Slightly. Ayala and South Hills are just spoilers, if they win one or two, that’s their ceiling.
Valle Vista League
1. Northview, 2. Covina, 3. San Dimas, 4. Rowland, 5. Nogales, 6. Wilson
Buying: I’m drinking Northview’s cool-aid and the Vikings’ ability to go undefeated in the VVL. If there’s a chance they lose, I expect it to come from rival Covina more than San Dimas. The top three are far and away the top three. Covina has the head-scratching loss to Baldwin Park, but they almost beat Claremont, losing in the final seconds. San Dimas is tough to call. They’ve looked great at times and shaky at times. I just think Northview and Covina are slightly better.
Not buying: Rowland, Nogales and Wilson have no shot at the top three, but among those, Rowland has looked the best while Nogales and their uniforms look the best. For Wilson and Gano, good thing they had a scheduled win against Keppel or it could have been 0-10.
1. Baldwin Park, 2. Duarte, 3. Azusa, 4. Gladstone, 5. Sierra Vista, 6. Workman
Buying: The Braves should win league easy, they’re simply better than everyone else. They will win the way Azusa use to own this league when they were rolling. What’s interesting is the battle for second and third, and I’m going with two teams, Duarte and Azusa, who are both 0-5. When I look at who they played and some of the scores, it’s more impressive to me than the wins Sierra Vista and Gladstone have. Nobody has played any super giants, but Duarte and Azusa’s schedule will pay off in Montview playoff spots, you watch and see.
Not buying: Sierra Vista or Gladstone. Sierra Vista’s only win came against Keppel and Gladstone’s wins came against Nogales and Garey in close games.
1. Pomona, 2. Ganesha, 3. Bassett, 4. La Puente, 5. Garey
Buying: The defending champion Red Devils will take it, but not as easy as I thought when the season began. Ganesha could be dangerous and has a legitimate chance to knock off Pomona. Bassett is much improved too. What the Miramonte has shown me during non-league is that it’s better than the Montview from top to bottom. You couldn’t say that a year ago.
Not buying: La Puente has fallen on hard times losing two solid head coaches in recent years and Garey is still Garey. Not sure either two have a shot at cracking the top three.
Plus … a question of the day
Walnut won its own golf tournament at California Country Club in Whittier, edging San Marino when the teams tied for first.
The Mustangs won on the sixth player after the top five players from each team shot a combined 392. Walnut won on the sixth player, 85-91.
San Marino’s Elizabeth Wang shot an even-par 72 to take the individual title.
Katherine Muzi shot a 74 to tie for fourth to lead the Mustangs.
Beth Lillie of Troy and Andrea Lee of Mira Costa both shot a 73. Venessa Wang of La Serna also had a 74.
In the championship flip, La Serna finished in fourth place, the Walnut No. 2 team in sixth, Glendora in 12th and Bishop Amat in 13th. La Serna’s Briana Chacon, San Marino’s Bella Setio and Walnut’s Abigail Wiranatha all tied for seventh with 77s.
In the A flight, where four scores counted among five players, Walnut No. 3 won with a 352 with Walnut No. 4 second at 390. West Covina was sixth, Charter Oak seventh, Arcadia eighth and Diamond Ranch ninth.
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Bassett 3, Garey 0 — Kassandra Aguilera had eight kills and five blocks, Alexis Perez had six kills and Maria Zesati had nine aces for the Olympians (4-6, 2-0) in a 25-11, 25-4, 25-22 Miramonte League win.
Duarte 3, Workman 0 — Daisy Portillo had 10 kills, Rossana Rico had six aces and 26 assists and Elva Sandoval had 24 digs for the Falcons (15-5, 1-1) in a 25-14, 25-10, 25-19 Montview League victory.
St. Lucy’s 3, Upland 1 — Loryn Cater and Nicole Diggs each had nine kills and Francesca D’Aquila had 15 digs for the Regents (7-7, 1-1) in a 25-15, 25-17, 18-25, 25-22 Baseline League victory.
Boys water polo
Claremont 18, Bonita 6 — Bruno Snow and Mat Turk each had four goals and goalie Kellan Grant had seven saves to lead the Wolfpack (9-6, 1-0) to its first Palomares League win of the season. Lenny Davis scored three goals and Ian Waasdorp scored twice for Claremont.
Garey 17, Bassett 1 — The team of Lisbet Flores and Jan Bragado swept in doubles and Amerly Keo swept in singles for the Vikings (13-1, 10-0) in a Miramonte League win.
La Puente 17, Edgewood 1 — Sonny Gonzalez, Angelique Cardona and Heidi Zapata each swept in singles and the teams of Gina Reyes and Lizette Avina and Lisa Reynoso and Berlin Bonilla swept in doubles to lead the Warriors (10-4, 8-2) to the Montview League victory.
The top three teams in this Top 25 volleyball poll will face huge league matches this week. No. 1 Mayfield plays Pasadena Poly on Tuesday and has Chadwick (12-2) at home Thursday in the Prep League. Whittier Christian has a big match against visiting Village Christian (10-4) Tuesday in the Olympic League. Flintridge Sacred Heart plays at Harvard Westlake on Thursday.
1. Mayfield (13-1) Big showdown vs. Chadwick Thursday (1)
2. Whittier Christian (17-3) Powerful Village Christian up next (2)
3. Flintridge Sacred Heart (8-5) Split against two ranked teams in 1AA (4)
4. San Gabriel (13-1-1) Only has Almont League matches to go (3)
5. Glendora (8-3) Beat highly regarded Alta Loma in three (6)
6. South Pasadena (8-1) Lone loss to Mayfield (7)
7. La Serna (8-2) Swept Santa Fe in league opener (5)
8. Gabrielino (13-4) Eight-match winning streak (11)
9. St. Paul (18-7) Cantwell and Pomona Catholic this week (9)
10. St. Lucy’s (6-7) Lost to Rancho Cucamonga in five (8)
11. Gladstone (12-5) Defeated Daurte in five games (12)
12. La Salle (8-10) Plays at Bishop Amat on Thursday (13)
13. Duarte (14-5) Daisy Portillo almost got them Gladstone win (10)
14. Diamond Ranch (11-3) Three consecutive 3-1 wins (16)
15. Bonita (12-5) Rebounded with four-game win vs. Diamond Bar (15)
16. Arcadia (4-6) Lost in five games to Glendale (14)
17. Maranatha (13-7) Won pool in Nike TOC in Phoenix (20)
18. Westridge (6-3) Got one game off of Mayfield (18)
19. West Covina (9-6) Back-to-back wins (21)
20. South Hills (11-3) Won league opener vs. Ayala in five (unranked)
21. California (6-4) Faces La Serna on Thursday (19)
22. Monrovia (7-5) Will play South Pasadena on Thursday (22)
23. La Mirada (7-7-1) Tied San Gabriel in Kennedy tournament (25)
24. Los Altos (8-10) Had week off (23)
25. Walnut (11-6) Faces Walnut and West Covina this week (24)
TRIBUNE SUPER 32 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (5-1) — After five straight home blowouts, Amat hits the road for toughest league game of the year, at Serra.
2. Charter Oak (4-1) — Chargers open Hacienda against Chino, a team that’s undefeated having not played anyone tough. They also barely beat Rowland.
3. Bonita (5-0) — League titles aren’t decide in the opening games, but with Claremont undefeated as well, this is juicy.
4. Glendora (4-1) – Big win over Kaiser and now they have their sights set on South Hills, the team that robbed them of a Palomares league title last year.
5. Northview (4-1) — Should have an easy time in Valle Vista opener at Rowland.
6. Diamond Ranch (4-1) — Will find out if Panthers are the real deal right away opening Hacienda at West Covina.
7. Diamond Bar (4-1) — Are the Brahmas Palomares league contenders or pretenders?
8. West Covina (2-3) — Will find out if tough non-league schedule paid off with league starting up.
9. Los Altos (3-2) — After back-to-back losses, Conqs must like getting Walnut in league opener.
10. San Dimas (3-2) — Gutsy come-from-behind win over California.
The Rest: 11. Damien (3-2); 12. Pomona (4-2), 13. Arroyo (4-2), 14. Ganesha (5-1), 15. South Hills (1-4); 16. Bassett (3-2), 17. Baldwin Park (2-3); 18. Covina (3-2); 19. Mountain View (4-2), 20. El Monte (3-3), 21. Rosemead (2-4), 22. Sierra Vista (2-3), 23. Walnut (1-4), 24. Nogales (2-3), 25. Rowland (1-4); 26. Gladstone (2-3); 27. Wilson (2-3); 28. La Puente (2-4); 29. Azusa (0-5); 30. South El Monte (0-5); 31. Duarte (0-5); 32. Workman (1-4).
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Aram Tolegian Last week: 22-6; Season: 182-51
Fred Robledo Last week: 21-7; Season: 183-50
Last week: It’s always amazing how close this race is. Through nearly 250 games, I lead Aram by one at the midway point of the season. Aram picked up a game this week.
This week’s games and predictions
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Del Rio League
Whittier vs. La Serna at Pioneer — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (La Serna)
South Hills vs. Glendora at CDF — Robledo (Bagpipes); Aram (Glendora)
Alhambra at San Gabriel — Robledo (San Gab); Aram (Alh)
Keppel at Bell Gardens — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Schurr at Montebello — Robledo (Montebello); Aram (Montebello)
Harvard-Westlake at St. Paul, 7:30pm — Robledo (HW); Aram (HW)
La Salle at Cathedral — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cath)
St. Francis at Salesian — Robledo (Salesian); Aram (SF)
Rancho Cucamonga at Damien — Robledo (RC); Aram (RC)
Del Rio League
California at Pioneer — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (Cal)
Santa Fe at El Rancho — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Sonora at La Habra — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LA)
Chino at Charter Oak — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Diamond Ranch at West Covina — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (WC)
Los Altos at Walnut — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Bassett at Ganesha — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Ganesha)
Garey at La Puente — Robledo (LP); Aram (LP)
Bishop Amat at Serra — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at El Monte — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Marshall vs. Arroyo at Pasadena — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Rosemead at South El Monte — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Rosemead)
Gladstone at Duarte — Robledo (Gladstone); Aram (Duarte)
Sierra Vista at Baldwin Park — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Workman vs. Azusa at Citrus College — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Whittier Christian at Maranatha — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (WC)
Arcadia at Muir — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Arcadia)
Pasadena at Burroughs — Robledo (Burroughs); Aram (Burr)
Claremont at Bonita — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Claremont)
Diamond Bar at Ayala — Robledo (DBar); Aram (Ayala)
Rio Hondo League
Blair at Monrovia — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Monrovia)
La Canada at South Pasadena — Robledo (South Pas); Aram (LC)
Temple City at San Marino — Robledo (San Marino); Aram (SM)
Bellflower at La Mirada — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Valle Vista League
Nogales vs. Covina at CDF — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Northview at Rowland — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Wilson at San Dimas — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Bosco Tech at Bishop Montgomery, 6:00 p.m. — Robledo (BMontgomery); Aram (BM)
Flintridge Prep at Brentwood, 3:30pm — Robledo (FPrep); Aram (Brentwood)
Rio Hondo Prep vs. Brethren Christian at Ocean View — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram (RHP)