CIF-SS Playoff Preview show with listed times of each preview
– Open with South Pasadena forfeit fiasco 11:30 mark: Pac-5 Playoff preview 30:45 mark: Central Division preview 39:30 mark: Southeast Division preview 51:00 mark: Mid-Valley Division preview
CIF-SS Area Playoff Predictions by Fred Robledo Pac-5 Division First Round
St. John Bosco over Long Beach Cabrillo
St. Bonvaenture over Norco
Santa Margarita over Crespi
Servite over Long Beach Poly
Corona Centennial over Serra
Mater Dei over Westlake
Bishop Amat over Lakewood
JSerra over Corona Santiago Quarterfinals
St. John Bosco over St. Bonaventure
Santa Margarita over Servite
Corona Centennial over Mater Dei
Bishop Amat over JSerra Semifinals
St. John Bosco over Santa Margarita
Corona Centennial over Bishop Amat Championship
St. John Bosco over Corona Centennial
Colony over La Canada
Glendora over Summit
Charter Oak over Colton
Claremont over San Marino
Kaiser over Bonita
West Covina over Chaffey
Los Altos over South Hills
Monrovia over Don Lugo Quarterfinals
Glendora over Colony
Charter Oak over Claremont
West Covina over Kaiser
Monrovia over Los Altos Semifinals
Charter Oak over Glendora
West Covina over Monrovia Championship
Charter Oak over West Covina
Mid-Valley Division First Round
Paraclete over Bassett
Azusa over El Monte
La Puente over Montebello
Northview over Brentwood
Pomona over Christa McAuliffe
San Dimas over Baldwin Park
Rosemead over Covina
Sierra Canyon over Bell Gardens Quarterfinals
Paraclete over Azusa
Northview over La Puente
Pomona over San Dimas
Sierra Canyon over Rosemead Semifinals
Northview over Paraclete
Pomona over Sierra Canyon Championship
Pomona over Northview
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 36-4; Season Total: 332-98)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 37-3; Season Total: 331-99)
Last Week: After 10 weeks of picking games for the Star-News, Tribune and Whittier, Aram leads by just one game heading to the playoffs. We both had a spectacular Week 10. We missed three of the same games taking Glendora over South Hills, Duarte over Sierra Vista and Bonita over Claremont. However, I picked up a game taking Burbank over Burroughs.
This Week: There are some league champions in for first-round dogfights like Northview taking on 8-2 Brentwood, Pasadena Poly taking on Morro Bay and South Hills taking on Los Altos. We’ll start there. South Hills has all the momentum in the world, beating Glendora (without injured Matt Fink most of the game) for the Palomares title, but I think much of what they’ve done is fools gold. They deserve credit for drinking their bottle of get tough, but Cinderella goes home Friday against Los Altos. Mark it down. I also think Northview and Pasadena Poly will squeeze out tougher than expected wins. El Monte and Azusa have the potential for a shootout, I just think Azusa is a little better. I was ready to take Covina over Rosemead, but the Panthers are firing on all cylinders and will do enough to win. Glendora could be in big trouble against Summit, especially without Fink, who is a game-time decision. I’m going to give Glendora the benefit of the doubt because Summit has had a hard time scoring against quality defenses, but it won’t be easy at all. I’ve got Dominguez knocking off La Serna and Cathedral knocking off Muir. As for Bishop Amat, if they lose this you’ll never hear the end of it from Aram. Amat by 21.
Thursday’s first-round game
El Monte vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (EM)
Brentwood vs. Northview at Charter Oak HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (N) Friday’s first-round games
Lakewood at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (BA) Mid-Valley Division
Bassett at Paraclete, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Aram (Clete)
La Puente at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Christa McAuliffe at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
Baldwin Park at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Covina at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Rosemead)
Bell Gardens at Sierra Canyon, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (SC); Aram (SC) Central Division
La Canada at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Aram (Col)
Summit vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Sum)
Colton at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (CO)
Claremont at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram (SM)
Bonita at Kaiser, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Kaiser); Aram (Kaiser)
Chaffey at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (WC)
Los Altos vs. South Hills at Walnut HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Don Lugo at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Monrovia) Southeast Division
Mayfair at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Dominguez at La Serna, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Dominguez); Aram (LS)
Harvard-Westlake at Crescenta Valley, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram (HW)
Muir at Cathedral, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cathedral)
California at Downey, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Downey); Aram (Dow)
Burbank at El Rancho, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Salesian at La Mirada, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM) Southwest Divison
Capistrano Valley at La Habra, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH) Northwest Division
Mission Prep at Maranatha, 7:30 p.m. – Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Bogan)
Arrowhead Christian at Cantwell Sacred-Heart, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Arrowhead)
Rio Hondo Prep at Big Bear, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Big Bear); Aram (BB)
Morro Bay vs. Pasadena Poly at South Pasadena HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Poly); Aram (MB)
Why do we make predictions, so we can called out like this … Congrats South Hills, great video and fans
Pac-5 Division Friday’s First-round at 7:30 p.m. unless noted Top Bracket
Long Beach Cabrillo at No. 1 St. John Bosco
St. Bonaventure at Norco
Santa Margarita at Crespi
Servite at No. 4 Long Beach Poly Bottom Bracket
Serra at No. 3 Corona Centennnial
Mater Dei at Westlake
Lakewood at Bishop Amat
Corona Santiago at No. 2 JSerra
Friday’s First-round at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Bassett at No. 1 Paraclete
El Monte at Azusa
La Puente at Montebello
Brentwood at No. 4 Northview Bottom Bracket
Christa McAuliffe at No. 3 Pomona
Baldwin Park at San Dimas
Covina at Rosemead
Bell Gardens at No. 2 Sierra Canyon
Friday’s First-round at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
La Canada at No. 1 Colony
Summit at Glendora
Colton at Charter Oak
Claremont at No. 4 San Marino Bottom Bracket
Bonita at No. 3 Kaiser
Chaffey at West Covina
Los Altos at South Hills
Don Lugo at No. 2 Monrovia.
Friday’s First-round at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Mayfair at No. 1 St. Francis
Dominguez at La Serna
Paramount at Norwalk
Harvard-Westlake at No. 4 Crescenta Valley Bottom Bracket
Muir at No. 3 Cathedral
California at Downey
Burbank at El Rancho
Salesian at La Mirada
Tuesday’s wild-card games
Division 3 San Marino at Vista Murrieta
Aliso Niguel at Schurr, noon
Sage Hill at Alhambra Division 5 Whittier at Glendora Division 7 Sierra Vista vs. San Dimas at Glendora HS, 3 p.m.
Oxnard vs. La Puente at Los Altos, 5 p.m.
Nogales vs. Fontana at Arroyo Valley HS, 5 p.m.
Wednesday’s first-round games
Division 3 San Marino/Vista Murrieta winner at No. 1 Laguna Beach, 4 p.m.
Aliso Niguel/Schurr winner at Royal
Temple City at Yorba Linda
Brea vs. No. 4 Montebello at Schurr HS, 5 p.m.
Moorpark at La Canada
Sage Hill/Alhambra winner at No. 2 Murrieta Valley Division 5 Walnut at Riverside Poly
El Rancho at No. 4 Redlands
Whittier/Glendora winner at No. 3 Los Altos
Palm Springs/Redlands East Valley winner vs. No. 2 La Serna at La Mirada Splash, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday’s first-round games
Division 2 El Toro at Damien Division 4 Arroyo Grande vs. Flintridge Prep at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m. Division 7 La Sierra/Los Amigos winner at Baldwin Park
Sierra Vista/San Dimas winner at No. 4 San Gorgonio
Alta Loma/Ramona winner at No. 3 seed Rowland
Oxnard/La Puente winner at Rancho Alamitos
Nogales/Fontana winner at No. 2 Don Lugo
Find out why South Pasadena was forced to forfeit its 21-3 victory over La Canada. Rio Hondo League administrators decided to ban South Pasadena from the postseason after learning of an unspecified rules violation. Trouble is, they didn’t tell South Pasadena players until the busride home. South Pas players had thought it clinched its first playoff berth since 2003. Tigers coach Martin Konrad was not at Friday’s victory over La Canada. Apparently players from neither team knew about the ruling. Click the thread for a statement from principal Janet Anderson and athletic director Greg Luna: (To continue click thread).
Friday’s results Baseline League Rancho Cucamonga 51, Damien 21 – Another tough year for second year coach Mark Parades, Spartans eliinated.
Mission League Bishop Amat 38, Notre Dame 24 – Amat finishes in a three-way tie for first and will head to the Pac-5 playoffs as No. 2 league entry following coin flips. 50-50 chance at home game in first round.
Mission Valley League Arroyo 34, South El Monte 22 — Knights do their part now and have to sit and wait until Sunday to find out if they get an at-large playoff berth. El Monte 40, Gabrielino 23 – With only two guaranteed playoff spots from the MVL, El Monte grabbed No. 2 with the win. Rosemead 45, Mountain View 8 — Panthers go undefeated in MVL
Miramonte League Pomona 77, Bassett 7 — Red Devils win Miramonte and many will consider Devils Mid-Valley favorites.
Montview League Sierra Vista 41, Duarte 40 – Dons have to hope for one of four at-large berths in
Mid-Valley Azusa 26, Gladstone 21 – Aztecs avoided a share of league title with come-from-behind win. Baldwin Park 61, Workman 7 — Braves clinch second in the Valle Vista
Palomares League Ayala 48, Diamond Bar 13 — Bulldogs win impressively but in three-way coin flip for third playoff spot they lose out, technically finishing fifth. Claremont 28, Bonita 21, OT — Claremont won the game, then won a three-way coin flip 30 minutes later to claim third spot in Palomares. Bonita finishes fourth and gets first at-large possibility from Palomares.
Valle Vista League Covina 42, Nogales 7 – Colts clinch third in VVL and could be dangerous in postseason. Northview 38, Rowland 0 –Vikings go undefeated in Valle Vista and could get Mid-Valley top four seed
Tuesday’s first-round games
All matches at 7 p.m.
Division 1AA La Salle at Los Alamitos
Palos Verdes at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Division 1A No. 3 Chino Hills, bye
St. Lucy’s at El Toro Division 2AA West Torrance at South Pasadena
Paramount at Pasadena Poly
Whittier Christian at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel
Westridge at No. 4 Brea
Maranatha at No. 3 Laguna Beach
Monrovia at Esperanza
Mission College Prep at Mayfield
Costa Mesa at La Canada Division 2A Oak Hills at La Habra
Walnut at Palm Springs
Apple Valley at Arcadia
Diamond Ranch at Viewpoint
Burbank Burroughs at Glendora
Bonita at Los Altos Division 3AA El Rancho at No. 1 Sage Hill
Norwalk at La Serna
Santa Fe at Elsinore
Pioneer at Santa Monica
El Seguno at La Mirada
Crean Lutheran at California Division 3A El Monte at Wilson
Montebello at Santa Ynez
Lompoc at Gabrielino
Fairmont Prep at San Gabriel
South El Monte at Bell Gardens
Morro Bay at San Dimas
Covina at Webb
Rosemead at No. 2 Templeton Division 4AA Pomona Catholic at No. 4 Garden Grove
Colony at No. 3 St. Paul Division 4A Azusa at Bassett
Ramona Convent at Gladstone
Pomona at San Gabriel Mission
Boron at La Puente
No. 2 Duarte, bye Division 5AA Palm Valley at San Gabriel Academy Division 5A Waverly at Einstein Academy
Southwestern Academy at Immanuel Christian
Thursday’s results Hacienda League Charter Oak 56, Chino 21 — Just like old times, Charter Oak wraps up Hacienda league No. 1 playoff entry with blowout win. Los Altos 60, Walnut 21 — With Charter Oak and West Covina eliminating Chino and Diamond Ranch respectively, Los Altos takes sole possession of third and final playoff spot with win. West Covina 21, Diamond Ranch 17 — West Covina had to hold up late, ties Charter Oak for Hacienda league title but will go to the playoffs as league’s No. 2 Miramonte League La Puente 41, Ganesha 14 – Wins guarantees La Puente second in Miramonte. Palomares League South Hills 14, Glendora 13 – Huskies catch a break with Glendora QB Matt Fink going down with ankle sprain in first quarter, but still an incredible turnaround to become league champs. Valle Vista League San Dimas 56, Wilson 0 — Saints will head to the playoffs as the second place team from the Valle Vista
CIF-SS Second Round girls tennis schedule
All matches at 2 p.m., unless noted First round
Alhambra at Summit Friday’s second round
Division 1 San Marino at No. 3 Mira Costa Division 2 Arcadia at No. 1 Valencia, 1 p.m. Division 3 Long Beach Poly at Walnut
Rio Mesa vs. No. 4 Pasadena Poly Division 4 Rosemead at No. 1 Riverside Poly
Westminster La Quinta at Chino Hills
Keppel at Rowland 16
Alhambra-Summit winner vs. No. 3 Garden Grove
Flintridge Sacred Heart at Bishop Montgomery
Los Osos at Wilson
No. 2 South Torrance at San Gabriel Division 5
Thacher at Sierra Vista
No. 3 Maranatha at Montclair
A story in the L.A. Times Tuesday grabbed the attention of those competing to get in the Pac-5 playoffs by suggesting that Servite is very much alive to earn a playoff spot in the Pac-5 playoffs even if it finishes fifth with a 4-6 overall record in the Trinity League.
Serra, Alemany, Bishop Amat and Crespi are battling it out Friday for the top three guaranteed playoff spots in the Mission, but finishing fourth in the Mission after tiebreakers could be disastrous because that would leave the fourth-place team hoping for one of the two at-large berths in the Pac-5. The top three teams in the Trinity League, arguably the toughest league in the country, are guaranteed playoff spots and the fourth place team, Santa Margarita at the moment, is likely to remain fourth and get one of the at-large berths.
Servite, which will likely lose to St. John Bosco and finish fifth in the Trinity with a 4-6 record could still get in because based on the head-to-head formula that CIF uses to determine tiebreakers for at-large berth considerations, Servite would likely advance over any fourth place Mission team, even if was 7-2 Crespi or 6-4 Bishop Amat because of the points criteria CIF uses to determine tiebreakers.
Basically, because Servite’s opponents have a better win-loss record and because the Trinity will be rated the toughest league, those point totals should be enough to get Servite in over any fourth-place Mission league team.
But here is where it gets dicey. In an email exchange with CIF spokesperson Thom Simmons I asked as the LA Times suggested, if a fifth-place team can advance over a fourth place team?
Simmons, a great guy always willing to help out, gave two hypotheticals as examples. (To continue click thread)
San Dimas’ Hannah Doonan (C), right, hugs teammate Genna Henderson (C) after defeating Wilson 25-17, 25-19, 25-15 to win the league title during a prep volleyball match at San Dimas High School in San Dimas, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News
By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
SAN DIMAS – San Dimas High School has fielded the dominant girls volleyball team in the Valle Vista League in recent years, and that didn’t change this season.
Lea Fischbach had 14 kills and the host Saints won their ninth consecutive league championship with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-15 victory over Wilson on Tuesday.
Hannah Doonan had 10 kills for San Dimas, which improved to 20-5 overall and 10-0 in league play. San Dimas has won the title outright eight of the past nine seasons. They shared the championship with former league member Ganesha in 2008.
Scarlette Sun had seven kills for Wilson, which slipped to 16-6 and 8-2. San Dimas’ Lea Fischbach: “I think this was one of our best (matches). We were really excited (to play). We all wanted really bad to be league champions. That’s what pushed us to play really hard. This was our best (match) in league.”
Scenario’s: If Crespi beats Alemany, Crespi gets the No. 1 spot. If Bishop Amat beats Notre Dame and Serra beats Loyola with Crespi winning, there is a three-way tie for first and coin flips will determine the top three guaranteed spots. If Crespi loses and Amat and Serra win, Amat finishes first, Serra second and Crespi third. If Serra wins and Crespi and Bishop Amat both lose, Serra wins the league title and Crespi, Amat and Alemany finish in a three-way tie for second with a coin flip determining two spots. As for the at-large berths, the Trinity will definitely get an at-large, leaving one left. Don’t expect the Moore or Big VII to get a fourth team in, their fourth place teams simply don’t stack up. That leaves either the fourth place team from the Mission or third place team from the Marmonte getting the final at-large. Worst case scenario is Amat finishing fourth with a 6-4 record. Would that get Amat in over a third-place Marmonte team? Depends. If Westlake beats Oaks Christian it finishes first in the Marmonte with St. Bonaventure likely finishing second. Oaks Christian as a third at 5-5 wouldn’t get in over Amat at 6-4. However, if Oaks Christian upsets Westlake and St. Bonny wins as expected, they finish in a three-way tie for first. If coin flips gets Oaks Christian and St. Bonny in with Westlake finishing third with a 7-3 record, Westlake would likely get an at-large over a fourth-place Mission team. If Oaks Christian or St. Bonny finish third, the Mission would likely get the at-large. So, a key game for Bishop Amat should it finish fourth is pulling for Westlake to beat Oaks Christian.
West Valley Division playoff sports (14 at-guaranteed, 2 at-large) League and playoff spots: Baseline (3); Foothill (3); South Coast (2); Southwestern (3); Sunset (3). Baseline League
Scenario’s: Upland has won the league title and top playoff spot regardless of what happens against Etiwanda. If Chino Hills beats Los Osos as expected, Chino Hills will finish second. If Rancho Cucamonga beats Damien, Rancho finishes third. If Etiwanda beats Upland and Damien beats Rancho Cucamonga, Etiwanda finishes third. If Upland beats Etiwanda and Chino Hills beats Los Osos as expected, then Damien could finish in a three-way tie for third with a win over Rancho Cucamonga along with Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga. A coin flip would determine the third-place team. The South Coast should get one at-large. The Baseline and Southwestern should battle it out for the other. At this point, I give a slight edge to the Baseline.
Mid-Valley Division playoff spots (12 guaranteed, 4 at-large) Leagues guaranteed only two spots: Valle Vista, Almont, Mission Valley, Miramonte, Montview, Gold Coast)
Valle Vista League
Scenario’s: Northview has won the league title no matter what happens against Rowland. If San Dimas beats Wilson as expected it will finish second. If Covina beats Nogales as expected it will finish third and 6-4. If that happens, expect Covina to earn one of the four at-large berths.
Senario’s: Azusa has won the league title regardless of how it fares against Gladstone. Baldwin Park will likely beat Workman to finish second and get a guaranteed spot. If Sierra Vista beat Duarte and finished third, not sure their 4-6 overall record will get them in the playoffs. Look for only Azusa and Baldwin Park to get in.
Mission Valley League Scenario’s: Rosemead has won the league title and No. 1 spot. If El Monte beats Gabrielino, El Monte finishes second and gets third spot. Even if El Monte loses, it finishes second because if it ties for second with the winner of Arroyo-South El Monte, El Monte owns the head-to-head over both. Question is, will the winner of Arroyo-South El Monte get an at-large with a 4-6 overall record? Doubt it, but possible.
Scenario’s: Pomona needs a win over Bassett to clinch No. 1. If Bassett wins and La Puente beats Ganesha as expected, there is a three-way tie for first and coin flips will determine top two spots. If Pomona and La Puente win, Pomona finishes first, La Puente second and Bassett third. My guess is whoever finishes third will get one of the four at-large. Let’s say it’s Bassett and they finish 5-5. They should get in. They also own a non-league win over El Monte and one loss is to 9-0 Maranatha.
at-large berths: Look for the Valle Vista, Miramonte and Gold Coast to get at-large berths. Gold Coast could possibly get two with two teams likely to finish with 7-3 records or better and not getting automatics. Don’t expect the Almont League to get an at-large.
Central Division playoff spots (15 guaranteed, 1 at-large) Leagues: Hacienda, Mt. Baldy, Palomares, Rio Hondo, Sunkist Hacienda League
Scenario’s: If Charter Oak beats Chino, they finish No. 1. If Charter Oak loses and West Covina beats Diamond Ranch, West Covina finishes first and Charter Oak would slip into a tie for second with others. The wildest scenario is if Chino beats Charter Oak, Diamond Ranch beats West Covina and Los Altos beats Walnut there would be a five-way tie for first with only three playoff spots. That would require a serious look at the Hacienda bylaws to determine order of finish.
Scenario’s: Pretty simple, Glendora and South Hills will play Thursday night for the league title and the loser will finish second. If Bonita beats Claremont, Bonita finishes third. If Bonita loses to Claremont and Diamond Bar beats Ayala, Claremont goes as the third place team. If Claremont and Ayala win, there is a three-way tie for third between Ayala, Bonita and Claremont. In that scenario, a coin flip would determine the third spot. At-large: Look for the at-large berth to come from the Mt. Baldy, Hacienda or Palomares. My guess is the Hacienda gets it
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 33-6; Season Total: 296-94)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 34-5; Season Total: 294-96)
This Week: Thursday’s Glendora-South Hills game pits two undefeated teams in the Palomares, but expect the Tartans to win by at least two touchdowns, possibly more. Bishop Amat will share a league title with a win over Notre Dame and even with a loss, it should get in the playoffs, even if it has to go the wild card route. But it’s dangerous, they can finish anywhere from 1-4 on Friday. West Covina and Charter Oak will both win to finish in a tie for the Hacienda with Bonita beating Claremont to finish third.
Salesian at St. Francis, 7 p.m. – Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF) Del Rio League
Pioneer at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (California); Aram (Cal)
Santa Fe vs. El Rancho at Downey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (ER); Aram (ER) Hacienda League
Charter Oak at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Walnut at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LA); Aram (LA)
West Covina at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WC); Aram (WC) Miramonte League
Ganesha at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Aram (LP) Palomares League
Glendora vs. South Hills at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G HI) Valle Vista League
San Dimas at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Alhambra vs. Montebello at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monte); Aram (BELLO)
Bell Gardens at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Keppel at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr) Angelus League
Cathedral at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cath)
St. Paul at Harvard-Westlake, 7 p.m. — Robledo (HW); Aram (HW) Baseline League
Damien vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RC); Aram (RC) Del Rio League
Whittier vs. La Serna at Cal Hi, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LS); Aram (LS) Freeway League
Sonora at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH) Mission League
Bishop Amat at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (AMAT) Mission Valley League
Arroyo at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
El Monte at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robldo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Rosemead at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Paramomead) Miramonte League
Bassett at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (P) Montview League
Duarte at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Gladstone vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Az)
Workman vs. Baldwin Park at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP) Olympic League
Whittier Christian vs. Maranatha at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mara); Aram (Bogs) Pacific League
Burbank at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Bur)
Crescenta Valley at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram (CV)
Hoover at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendale); Aram (G)
Muir vs. Pasadena at Rose Bowl, 6:30 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Stangs) Palomares League
Ayala at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Bonita at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bonita) Prep League
Flintridge Prep vs. Pasadena Poly, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (PP) Rio Hondo League
Monrovia vs. Blair at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (M)
San Marino at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
South Pasadena at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LC); Aram (LC) Santa Fe League
Bosco Tech vs. St. Genevieve at Poly, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Gene); Aram (St G) Suburban League
Norwalk vs. La Mirada at Excelsior Adult School, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM) Valle Vista League
Covina at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (C)
Rowland vs. Northview at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (N)
This is what it’s like to be part of Bishop Amat football
TRIBUNE TOP TEN FOOTBALL RANKINGS 1. Bishop Amat (6-3) — Has a chance to go into the playoffs on a five-game win streak and share of Mission League title. If it loses, there’s a possibility of falling into a three-way tie for second and coin flip for two playoff spots. 2. Glendora (8-1) – Nobody has tested the Tartans in the Palomares and don’t expect South Hills to do it either. Should head to playoffs as league champs and Central’s No. 1 seed. 3. Northview (9-1) — After routing San Dimas and Covina on its way to the Valle Vista League title, you have to love their playoff chances. 4. Charter Oak (5-4) – Never thought a couple weeks ago I’d be writing that all the Chargers need to do is beat Chino in the finale to clinch a piece of the Hacienda and the league’s No. 1 playoff seed. 5. West Covina (6-3) — Charter Oak exposed the Bulldogs’ secondary, but Bulldogs can still claim a piece of the title with a win at Diamond Ranch. 6. Pomona (5-4) — Only two losses on the field because of two forfeits and arguably a better chance to win the Mid-Valley than Northview. 7. South Hills (5-4) — Best story of the year, rebounding from four straight embarrassing losses to four straight wins and game for all the marbles vs. Glendora on Thursday for the Palomares title. 8. Diamond Ranch (6-3) — A win over West Covina gets the Panthers in the playoffs — a loss and they start scoreboard watching needing help to get in. 9. San Dimas (6-3) — Will end of finishing second and will be the team nobody wants to face in the Mid-Valley playoffs. They’re still the champ until someone knocks them off. 10. Bonita (6-3) – Pretty simple, beat Claremont and the ‘Cats are in the playoffs. Lose, and cross your fingers. THE REST: 11. Damien (4-5); 12. Covina (5-4); 13. Rosemead (5-4); 14. Los Altos (4-5); 15. La Puente (6-3), 16. Azusa (6-3); 17. Baldwin Park (5-4); 18. Diamond Bar (3-6); 19. El Monte (5-4); 20. Arroyo (3-6); 21. Walnut (2-7); 22. Bassett (5-4); 23. Ganesha (4-5); 24. Rowland (5-4); 25. Sierra Vista (3-6); 26. South El Monte (3-6), 27. Gladstone (2-7); 28. Duarte (2-7); 29. Wilson (2-7); 30. Nogales (2-7), 31. Mountain View (1-8), 32. Workman (1-8).
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Two-time reigning CIF-Southern Section girls tennis champion San Marino goes into the playoffs unseeded, but Pasadena Poly and Maranatha both earned seeds on Monday.
The Panthers are seeded fourth in Division 3 and the Minutemen third in Division 5. San Marino has made the move from Division 2, where it won the last two titles, to Division 1.
A look at San Gabriel Valley-area matches: Tuesday’s wild-card
Division 1 San Marcos at La Canada Division 2 Estancia at Ayala
Santa Maria St. Joseph at Glendora Division 3 Lakewood at West Covina Division 4 St. Monica at La Serna
Whittier at Lakewood St. Joseph
Antelope Valley at El Monte
Ontario Christian vs. St. Lucy’s at Damien
Covina at North Torrance
Ramona Convent at Wilson
San Gabriel at Arlington
Arroyo at Woodcrest Christian Division 5 Santa Paula at Whittier Christian
Azusa at Fairmont Prep
Beaumont at Gladstone
Pomona at Foothill Tech
Don Lugo at La Puente
Wednesday’s first round
Division 1 Mater Dei at San Marino
South Pasadena at San Clemente
San Marcos/La Canada winner at No. 2 seed University Division 2 Mission Viejo at Arcadia
Estancia/Ayala winner at La Reina
Temecula Valley at South Hills
Santa Maria St. Joseph/Glendora winner at Hart Division 3 Lakewood/West Covina winner at No. 1 Redlands
Westridge at Lompoc Cabrillo
Paramount at Walnut
Orcutt Academy/Milken Community at No. 4 Pasadena Poly
Chino at Yucaipa Division 4 Ridgecrest Burroughs/Grand Terrace winner at Rosemead
Chino Hills at Riverside Notre Dame
St. Monica/La Serna winner at Westminster La Quinta
Rancho Alamitos/J.W. North winner at Rowland
Lancaster at Keppel
Whittier/Lakewood St. Joseph winner at No. 4 West Torrance
Antelope Valley/El Monte winner at No. 3 Garden Grove
Alhambra at Summit
Ontario Christian/St. Lucy’s winner at Flintridge Sacred Heart
Covina/North Torrance winner at Bishop Montgomery
Ramona Convent/Wilson winner at California
San Gabriel/Arlington winner at No. 2 South Torrance
Arroyo/Woodcrest Christian winner at k
Santa Paula/Whittier Christian winner at No. 1 Orange
Azusa/Fairmont Prep winner at Garey
Shadown Hills/Westminster winner at Sierra Vista
Beaumont/Gladstone winner at No. 3 Maranatha
Pomona/Foothill Tech winner at Yucca Valley
Don Lugo/La Puente winner at Webb
Friday’s games and predictions Baseline League Damien 21, Los Osos 14 — Guarantees the Spartans won’t go winless in the Baseline
Hacienda League Charter Oak 33, West Covina 21 — After all that, Chargers can claim a piece of the Hacienda. What a crazy league. Chino 45, Walnut 30 — Chino not out of the playoff mix yet. Los Altos 28, Diamond Ranch 10 — Conqs win should make it a wild finish in the Hacienda for playoff spots. Standings: Charter Oak (3-1), West Covina (3-1), Los Altos (2-2), Chino (2-2), Diamond Ranch (2-2), Walnut (0-4).
Mission League Bishop Amat 46, Loyola 23 — Lancers won with QB Damian Garcia sitting out with a rib injury. Victory next week clinches piece of league title. Lancers still haven’t clinched playoff spot, but almost there. Standings: Crespi (4-1), Bishop Amat (4-1), Serra (4-1), Alemany (3-2), Notre Dame (2-3); Chaminade (1-5); Loyola (0-5).
Miramonte League Pomona 56, Garey 0 — Red Devils clinch the league title and will be dangerous in the playoffs. La Puente 28, Bassett 27 – Warriors spoil Olympiana chance to remain unbeaten in Miramonte.
Mission Valley League Rosemead 51, South El Monte 14 — Panthers wrap up Mission Valley League title.
Montview League Baldwin Park 48, Gladstone 13 – Braves closing in on second in the VVL
Palomares League Bonita 34, Ayala 14 – Bearcats back in playoff contention. Glendora 38, Diamond Bar 6 – Tartans will play South Hills on Thursday for the league title.
Valle Vista League Northview 34, Covina 6 – Vikings offense and defense legit, they’ll be force in Mid-Valley playoffs after winning first league title since 2008.
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 30-10; Season Total: 263-88)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 33-7; Season Total: 260-91)
Last Week: I picked up three games on Aram to cut his lead to three with two weeks left in the regular season plus playoffs. I got him taking Alhambra over Keppel, West Covina over Los Altos, Pasadena Poly over Rio Hondo Prep and Bassett over Garey. Aram grabbed one back taking San Dimas over Covina This Week: The big, big question is will Bishop Amat show rust or have a let-up following its bye week after three-straight momentum wins over Serra, Alemany and Chaminade with Loyola in town. Amat has won just won game in recent memory during bye weeks, beating Diamond Ranch in 2008. During bye weeks in league, Amat is 0-3 since 2010 and coach Steve Hagerty has gone on record saying he hates byes, but despite that, I can’t picture Amat losing to last-place Loyola. If Bishop Amat wins, it will have a chance to head to Notre Dame next week playing for a piece of the Mission League title, take the Lancers. Covina takes on Northview and with a win, can force a three-way tie along with San Dimas in the Valle Vista. But after Northview whipped San Dimas earlier in the season I can’t imagine the Vikings would let the Colts spoil their party. Take the Vikes. If you asked before the season I would be taking Charter Oak over West Covina, but not now. The Bulldogs were impressive beating Los Altos and will win out. South Hills’ amazing turnaround will get better Thursday night against Claremont and with a victory, South Hills will likely facing Glendora in the league finale for all the marbles in the Palomares. Take South Hills.
Del Rio League
California at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER) Freeway League
Troy vs. La Habra at Fullerton, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH) Montview League
Azusa at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa) Pacific League
Burbank vs. Arcadia at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Bur)
Crescenta Valley vs. Pasadena at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram (CV)
Hoover at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir) Palomares League
South Hills vs. Claremont at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Aram (SH) Santa Fe League
Bosco Tech vs. Mary Star of the Sea at Daniels Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mary); Aram (MARY) Valle Vista League
Rowland at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD) Friday’s games
Bell Gardens at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Keppel at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SG); Aram (SG)
Schurr vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr) Angelus League
Cathedral at St. Paul, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cath)
La Salle at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF) Baseline League
Los Osos at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (LO) Del Rio League
Pioneer vs. La Serna at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Santa Fe vs. Whittier at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (SF) Hacienda League
Charter Oak at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (West Covina); Aram (CO)
Chino at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino); Aram (Chino)
Diamond Ranch at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR) Miramonte League
Garey at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
La Puente at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Aram (Bass) Mission League
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Aram (Amat) Mission Valley League
Marshall at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Mountain View at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
South El Monte at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Rosemead) Montview League
Gladstone at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Workman at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Aram (SV) Palomares League
Bonita at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Glendora at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High) Prep League
Firebaugh at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram (rhp) Rio Hondo League
Blair at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
La Canada at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MTown); Aram (M)
Temple City at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SPas); Aram (SP) Suburban League
Cerritos at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM) Valle Vista League
Covina vs. Northview at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Nogales at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson) Non-League
Pasadena Poly at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (Poly) Saturday’s game
Heritage Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Granada Hills, 1 p.m. — Robledo (Heritage); Aram (H)
Glendora’s Jessica Garcia (C) (23) along with Becca Lowden (C) (12), Marissa Montoya (16) and Sarah Smith (10) reacts after scoring against Bonita in the second game of a prep volleyball match at Bonita High School. Glendora won, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-9. (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)
By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
LA VERNE >> Glendora High School, after four years of being banished to the Baseline League, finally has a reasonable chance at a league title, and the Tartans are not wasting the opportunity.
Becca Lowden had 16 kills and Glendora took another step toward a Palomares League girls volleyball title with a 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-9 victory over host Bonita on Tuesday.
The Tartans, also getting 12 kills from Marissa Montoya, improved to 17-6 overall and 8-0 in league play. The Bearcats, getting 17 kills from Riley Inman, slipped to 11-10 and 3-5.
Glendora, after a sluggish start, dominated the last two sets. The Tartans, getting four kills from Jade Brockett and two each from Lowden and Montoya, scored 12 of the first 15 points in the third set before closing with a 6-3 surge to win 25-17.
Lowden then had seven kills as the Tartans secured the match by scoring 15 of the first 20 points and 10 of the final 14 to easily win set four, 25-9. Lowden had a cross shot to make it 24-9 before a mis-hit gave Glendora the match. Glendora’s Becca Lowden: “It’s great. It’s like we finally are where we need to be, with the competition (in this league). It’s great that all of our hard work pays off.”