Playoffs? Playoffs? Yes, playoffs, so here are your area scenarios

As we enter the final week of the season, I thought it would be a good idea go over what likely needs to happen to determine the automatic spots for the upcoming playoffs.
ALMONT LEAGUE
Area teams: Montebello (5-4, 4-0), Schurr (3-6, 2-2)
Notes: The Oilers and Spartans are both in; Montebello as league champs and Schurr as the third-place team.
ANGELUS LEAGUE
Area team: St. Paul (4-5, 1-3)
Notes: St. Paul is alive for third place and the league’s final playoff spot. The Swordsmen need to beat Harvard-Westlake and hope for first-place St. Francis to beat Salesian. That would put St. Paul, Harvard-Westlake and Salesian all tied for third, which would be settled by a coin flip.
DEL RIO LEAGUE
Area teams: El Rancho (7-2, 4-0), La Serna (7-2, 3-1) California (5-4, 2-2), Whittier (4-5, 1-3), Santa Fe (2-7, 1-3), Pioneer (1-8, 1-3)
Notes: El Rancho is league champ and the No. 1 playoff team and La Serna has No. 2 locked up. Cal can secure No. 3 by beating Pioneer. The Titans can take the final playoff spot with a win over Cal and a losses by Santa Fe to El Rancho and Whittier to La Serna. A coin flip would be needed if Pioneer beats Cal and either Santa Fe beats El Rancho or Whittier beats La Serna, or both.
FREEWAY LEAGUE
Area teams: La Habra (6-3, 4-0), Sonora (6-3, 1-3)
Notes: La Habra has clinched the league title and the league’s top playoff spot. Sonora is eliminated. The Raiders can tie for third, but lose the tiebreaker with losses to Fullerton and Troy.
OLYMPIC LEAGUE
Area team: Whittier Christian (1-8, 1-2)
Notes: The Heralds, who play first-place Maranatha, can finish no better than third place and are eliminated.
SOUTH CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Area team: Cantwell Sacred Heart (7-2, 1-1)
Note: Cantwell, after losing last week to Verbum Dei, needs to win to make the playoffs. They can get the No. 1 spot with a win at Bishop Montgomery and a loss by Verbum Dei to St. Bernard. There would be a three-way tie and coin flip with a Cantwell win and a Verbum Dei win. Cantwell is eliminated with a loss. The Cardinal could still receive one of four at-large spots for the Northwest Division.
SUBURBAN LEAGUE
Area team: La Mirada (8-1, 5-0)
Notes: The Matadores host Norwalk on Friday for the league title. The loser is in at second place.

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Top Ten Football Rankings: La Mirada at No. 1 with Norwalk coming to town

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TOP TEN FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. La Mirada (8-1) — Plays for league title this week
2. La Habra (6-3) — Another league title for Highlanders
3. El Rancho (7-2) — Left no doubt in route of Cal
4. La Serna (7-2) — Don’t sleep on the Lancers
5. California (5-4) — Needs win to secure playoff bid
6. Cantwell Sacred Heart (7-2) — 1-point loss puts Cards in tough scenario
7. St. Paul (4-5) — Playoff hopes still alive
8. Montebello (5-4*) — Back-to-back league champs
9. Schurr (3-6) — Routed Alhambra
10. Whittier (4-5) — Big win vs. Santa Fe
*Includes forfeit win over Arroyo

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Pasadena Poly, Maranatha earn girls tennis seeds

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
Division 5
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

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Friday Night Final: Montebello outlasts Bell Gardens to win Almont; La Mirada rolls

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GAME OF THE WEEK
MONTEBELLO 31, BELL GARDENS 28, OT

MONTEBELLO — With first place in the Almont League at stake, senior kicker Enrique Lozano kicked a 35-yard field goal to give Montebello High School a 31-28 overtime victory over visiting Bell Gardens on Friday night in a pouring rain.
Bell Gardens won the coin flip in overtime and drove the ball to the 13-yard line, but senior kicker Esequiel Covarrubias sent a 35-yard field goal attempt wide right. Then Lozano won it for the Oilers.
With the victory, Montebello improves 5-4 overall and 4-0 in league, while Bell Gardens falls to 3-6 and 3-1.
Trailing 28-21, Bell Gardens tied the score midway through the fourth quarter on a 6-yard pass from junior quarterback Jordan Cardenas to wide receiver Marcelino Carillo.
Cardenas had a game-high 235 yards and a touchdown on 16-of-29 passing.

– John Sherrard
ROUNDUP
LA SERNA 49, PIONEER 20

La Serna High School kept its Del Rio League title chances alive with a 49-20 victory over Pioneer on Friday night at Whittier College.
The Lancers (7-2, 3-1) can only share the league title if they defeat Whittier and Santa Fe defeats first-place El Rancho next week.
La Serna built a 39-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Enrique Pacheco left the game after the first series of the second half. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 197 yards with touchdown passes of 2 and 9 yards to Joseph Carillo. Carillo had six catches for 64 yards.

HOW THE TOP TEN FARED
1. La Mirada (8-1) def Cerritos, 56-0
2. La Habra (6-3) def. Troy, 42-35 (Thursday)
3. El Rancho (7-2) def. California, 48-14 (Thursday)
4. La Serna (7-2) def. Pioneer, 49-20
5. California (5-4) lost to El Rancho, 48-14 (Thursday)
6. Cantwell (7-2) lost to Verbum Dei, 7-6
7. St. Paul (4-5) lost to Cathedral, 36-13
8. Montebello (4-5*) def. Bell Gardens, 31-28, OT
9. Santa Fe (2-7) lost to Whittier, 24-14
10. Pioneer (3-6) lost to La Serna, 49-20
OTHER SCORE
Schurr 34, Alhambra 0

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Thursday Night Final: El Rancho, La Habra score wins, clinch share of league titles

El Rancho players celebrate their win over California in their Del Rio League football game at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera on Thursday October 30, 2014. El Rancho beat California 48-14. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

El Rancho players celebrate their win over California in their Del Rio League football game at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera on Thursday October 30, 2014. El Rancho beat California 48-14. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

EL RANCHO 48, CALIFORNIA 14

PICO RIVERA –
The race for the Del Rio League football championship is about over.
El Rancho High School put the title chase in check on Thursday.
Andrew Perea accounted for 281 yards and three scores and the host Dons clinched a share of the league title with a 48-14 victory over California.
James Garcia rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown for El Rancho, which improved to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in league play. The Dons, ranked No. 3 in the area this week, can clinch the title outright with a win over Santa Fe. They will be the league’s No. 1 representative by virtue of a win over second-place La Serna earlier this season.
Nathan Lowden rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown and Robert Leos had a 96-yard kickoff return for a score for California, which slipped to 5-4 and 2-2.
El Rancho all but put it away by halftime. Perrea accounted for 232 yards and three touchdowns to give the Dons a 27-7 lead after two quarters.

– Stephen Ramirez

LA HABRA 42, TROY 35
Carlos Martin had two touchdowns in the first half to lead the Highlanders (6-3, 4-0), who clinched a share of the Freeway League title with the win.

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Montebello still atop water polo poll

The San Gabriel Valley-area water polo Top 10 poll:

1. Montebello (20-3)
Had last week off

2. La Serna (10-8)
Will play Glendale on Thursday

3. Damien (13-6)
Still in hunt for league title

4. Los Altos (14-4)
Easily took out Walnut

5. La Canada (8-11)
Undefeated in Rio Hondo League

6. San Dimas (16-10)
Undefeated in Valle Vista

7. Rowland (11-5)
On track for San Dimas showdown

8. Flintridge Prep (15-6)
Lost to Chadwick by one goal

9. South Pasadena (8-13)
Lost to La Canada in OT for second time

10. Schurr (12-12)
Could not hang with Montebello in league showdown

Others: Pasadena (12-7), Temple City (18-7), San Marino (13-8), Charter Oak (10-5), Glendora (12-10)

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St. Paul moves up in volleyball poll

Top 10 San Gabriel Valley-area volleyball teams

1. Flintridge Sacred Heart (22-5)
Likely to settle for second in tough Mission

2. St. Paul (25-6)
15 consecutive wins vs. CIF-SS teams

3. Gabrielino (24-3)
Lost only one game in league play

4. South Pasadena (12-5)
Beat La Canada in big match on Tuesday

5. Pasadena Poly (15-4)
Lost to Chadwick and Mayfield in four games

6. Arcadia (17-5)
Pacific League champions again

7. St. Lucy’s (16-7)
Tied for second in Baseline League

8. Mayfield (16-7)
Five consecutive 3-0 Prep League wins

9. La Habra (19-6)
League showdown vs. Troy on Thursday

10. Glendora (17-6)
Undefeated in Palomares League

Others: La Mirada (18-4), San Dimas (18-5), Whittier Christian (14-12), Westridge (20-6), La Canada (9-6), Duarte (21-8), La Serna 12-7, Diamond Ranch 15-5, San Gabriel (12-4), Los Altos 12-9.

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