This Week’s New Rankings (02/07/11)

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

Boys Basketball

1. Montebello (24-2)

The Oilers have two potential McDonald’s All-Americans in Antonio Worthy and Darius Middleton.

2. La Serna (17-7)

This team definitely struggles for long stretches but still finds ways to win. Plus, it helps to have an athlete like Aaron Valdes.

3. Whittier Christian (18-7)

Talk about a bad week. Not only do the Heralds lose back-to-back Olympic League roads games but they probably lost a chance at a league title.

4. La Habra (13-11)

Is it too early to get excited for Tuesday’s showdown, Sonora at La Habra? Will there be a Miracle II in the works for La Habra or will Sonora get its mojo, and a share of the Freeway League crown, back.

5. Whittier (16-9)

Without a healthy Gary Matthews, it will be a chore for this team to win its last two and clinch a share of the Del Rio League title.

Girls Basketball

1. Whittier (19-6)

All that stands in the way of the Cardinals and an undefeated Del Rio League title is Santa Fe on Friday (no offense Pioneer).

2. St. Paul (16-9)

St. Paul has never finished winless in league. Is this the year that happens?

3. Cantwell (17-6)

The Cardinals can clinch a Camino Real League title outright with a win at St. Monica on Tuesday night. This team is starting to look poised for a big postseason run.

4. Schurr (13-10)

There’s no shame in losing to Keppel twice. The Aztecs are a good team and worthy of the Almont League title. Schurr needs to win out and it might get a home playoff game.

5. La Habra (13-11)

Applause is due for La Habra. Let’s face it, the Highlanders are heading into two almost impossible games to close out the season. No matter what happens, La Habra had a tremendous turnaround season under first-year coach Jim Bohn.

Boys Soccer

1. El Rancho (17-2)

I guess this team is human. The Dons suffered a rare loss to California on Thursday but can still win a league crown outright with a win at Pioneer on Tuesday.

2. La Habra (12-2-8)

With two games left, La Habra will not have an opportunity to match its win total with its tie total, which is amazing. Just in comparison, the entire six-team Del Rio League has accumulated seven total ties.

3. California (14-4-1)

How bout dem Condors? The Birds were called out by this paper and they responded with a huge 4-3 win over El Rancho. Well done!

4. Schurr (13-5-1)

Because of poor field conditions, the Spartans were forced to move their home game against Montebello to Montebello on Friday. Despite the move, the Spartans still managed a huge 1-0 win to more than likely split the Almont League championship.

5. Montebello (14-6)

The Oilers’ frantic comeback attempt came up dry against the Spartans. Montebello can’t be too down, however, as it faces dangerous Bell Gardens on Tuesday. Anything other than a win will cost Montebello a co-league title.

Girls Soccer

1. La Mirada (21-1-2)

Yawn. Wake me when the playoffs start.

2. La Serna (10-5-3)

This was supposed to be a contentious week for the Lancers. To their surprise and delight, both California and El Rancho were upset and ceded the Lancers their seventh straight DRL title. Now, it’s time to get ready for the playoffs.

3. El Rancho (10-5-3)

Did the Dons peak too early? After finishing 3-1-1 through the first half of league play and challenging La Serna on its turf, El Rancho has fallen out of league title contention with a 0-2-1 record. Their playoff chances might fall next.

4. California (10-8-2)

For a team that’s so seasoned and experienced, the inconsistency is quite baffling. The Condors are still certainly dangerous in the playoffs but who will be their next victim, their opponent or themselves?

5. Montebello (9-5-2)

With two matches left, the Oilers can still keep their slim Almont League title hopes alive with a win at Bell Gardens on Tuesday. Even if the Oilers lose, they still have a chance to take the league’s No. 2 seed.

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    This is my first time on this blog, and will keep an eye out for these teams.

  • DRL fan

    Hey Andrew, correct me if i’m wrong but the DRL has been existence 24 years and the La Serna girls soccer team has won league 23 times.

    If thats not dominance, I don’t know what is. But i’m sure if you ask Cal, they were given all 23 titles on a silver platter.

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  • DRL soccer

    No respect for the Pioneer girls soccer team?? last i heard they beat Cal and finished 2nd in league

  • DRL fan

    DRL soccer,

    These rankings were done before this week’s games.

    Congrats are in order to the Pioneer girl for clinching a spot in the playoffs. Good luck to them in their CIF run.

    As for Cal, they have some talented girls, but they are not well coached and they seemed to focus on the wrong things. It’s really not hard to see that coaching is your main problem when you have 10+ seniors on your team and you miss the playoffs. Experience is supposed to be an advantage and for Cal they never utilized that. No offense to the players of either team but dropping your final two games to Whittier/Pioneer is not something a talented team like Cal should be doing. The fingers should be pointed at the coaches, not the girls who have worked hard all season. But knowing coach Brian’s history, he will not take responsibility for his bad coaching job this season.

    Good luck to LS, El Rancho, and Pioneer in CIF.

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