This Week’s New Rankings (01/31/11)

Here’s this week’s Daily News Rankings. This poll will appear in Wednesday’s paper.

Boys Basketball

1. Montebello (22-2)

The Oilers are so good and so productive that they’re easy to take for granted.

2. Whittier Christian (18-5)

The Heralds have a big challenge Tuesday at Maranatha. A win might wrap up an Olympic League crown.

3. Whittier (15-8)

The Cardinals have a big week, first traveling to El Rancho on Wednesday and then hosting La Serna on Friday.

4. La Serna (15-7)

The Lancers look out of sync and need a strong effort against Pioneer on Wednesday before the league showdown at Whittier.

5. La Habra (11-11)

This team has already won impressive road games at Sonora and Sunny Hills and is a game up on Sonora while winning six straight contests.

Girls Basketball

1. Whittier (17-6)

And the class of the Del Rio League is… oh yeah, the same team it’s been for the last few years.

2. St. Paul (16-8)

Remember that 64-37 defeat at Bishop Amat? There’s one way to erase that memory.

3. Schurr (12-9)

The Spartans are on a roll and now have a chance to steal a share of the Almont League crown on Tuesday at Mark Keppel. Can they win?

4. Cantwell Sacred Heart (15-6)

There were questions about this team after its four-game losing streak in early January. Then the Cardinals righted the ship and won five straight.

5. La Habra (12-10)

The young Highlanders are going through some growing pains and have unfortunately hit an inconvenient four-game losing streak.

Boys Soccer

1. El Rancho (16-1)

The Dons have been lights out this year and can wrap up a league title with two wins this week. However, Whittier and California are more than formidable foes.

2. La Habra (11-2-6)

This team is amazing. The Highlanders have scored 2 goals in five games are 2-0-3 during that stretch. If only this team can score, they would be a CIF-SS championship contendor.

3. California (13-3-1)

The Condors still have an outside chance for a Del Rio League crown and will have their crack at El Rancho again on Thursday.

4. Montebello (13-5)

The Oilers are on fire and have the upper edge in a two-horse race for the Almont League title chase with Schurr. Montebello’s problem, however, will be playing on Schurr’s beaten up grass field.

5. Schurr (11-5-1)

Schurr has posted a banner year so far and can cap it with a share of the Almont League crown or even an outright championship. The Spartans, however, need to defeat visiting Montebello on Thursday.

Girls Soccer

1. La Mirada (18-1-2)

Like the El Rancho boys, there aren’t many holes on this Matadores team. This is a team that can defend and score, and more importantly, isn’t dependent on one player.

2. La Serna (8-5-1)

Parity was fun while it lasted but it doesn’t look like anyone in the Del Rio League is going to prevent the Lancers from winning a seventh straight league crown. La Serna was vulnerable early on and no one in league took advantage. Too bad for the league.

3. El Rancho (10-4-2)

After standing toe-to-toe with La Serna, how can the Dons lose to Santa Fe? That’s not a knock on the Chiefs as much as a knock on the Dons, who should have known that every team needs to be taken seriously.

4. California (9-8-1)

I like the Condors but I’m inclined to stop calling their matches against La Serna “rivalry” games any more. In rivalries, there has to be some give and take.

5. Montebello (8-4-2)

How about the Oilers? Montebello wasn’t supposed to be competitive in the Almont League and certainly not the best team in the city. Well, the Oilers have exceeded everyone’s expectations are in a battle for a playoff spot. Oh year, Montebello also beat Schurr 2-1.

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