NEW! All-encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 …


1. Bishop Amat (2-1) — Two good wins since Mater Dei flop.
2. La Mirada (1-2) — Bad, not horrible vs. SJB and MD.
3. St. Francis (2-0) — Looking for double revenge vs. La Serna
4. Charter Oak (3-0) — Scary team still has upside.
5. La Habra (1-2) — Can use bounce-back win over Los Alamitos.
6. Los Altos (3-0) — Will get tested against Glendora.
7. Damien (3-0) — Sparty seeking to upset CO.
8. La Serna (2-1) — Excellent win over Mira Costa.
9. San Dimas (3-0) — Ground game is rolling (again).
10. Arcadia (2-0) — Barely got past Monrovia … hmmm.
11. La Salle (2-1) — Can get mojo back against Muir.
12. Northview (2-1) — Will be tested big time by Lugo.
13. Muir (2-0) — ‘Stangs face first big test vs. La Salle.
14. Diamond Ranch (2-1) — Edged Ayala to get back on track.
15. St. Paul (1-2) — Program needs to chill out.
16. Bonita (2-1) — Beat quality South Pas team.
17. Montebello (2-1) — Playing insane defense.
18. Glendora (1-2) — Been playing very good teams.
19. La Canada (2-1) — Hoping Beasley can win appeal.
20. Schurr (3-0) — Welcome back, Sparty!
21. South Pasadena (2-1) — Have to clean up the turnovers.
22. Arroyo (2-1) — Will be favored in every game rest of way.
23. Rowland (3-0) — Big test looms vs. Arroyo.
24. Pasadena Poly (2-0) — Always quality stuff.
25. South El Monte (3-0) — Coaching staff producing results.

Moschetti sounds off …


Sometimes as a reporter, you ask something that triggers a certain response from a coach or player. Anyway, that’s exactly what happened when I asked La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti how his team had come through playing O-Lu, St. Juan Bosco and Mater Dei, respectively and consecutively. And this is what I got.

“I’ve never been a guy who talks about injuries,” Moschetti said. “You know, you read about all these coaches across Southern California, they all whine about everything … how young they are and how ‘we got guys injured.’ Everybody’s young. Everybody’s hurt.

“I just get tired of reading it. It makes me sick. I just get tired of reading coaches make excuses about everything. Every coach in the world is young and hurt. Turn the page.”


DENIED: Drake Beasley ruled ineligible by CIF …


La Canada running back Drake Beasley has been ruled ineligible to play his senior season, Spartans head coach Ryan Zerbel confirmed on Thursday evening.

Beasley left Loyola in August for La Canada, prompting Loyola to challenge his transfer on grounds of undue influence. La Canada hired a independent investigator in hopes of establishing no presence of undue influence and proper change of residency.

Zerbel and his staff held Beasley out of the team’s first two games in order to avoid any forfeiture and were confident he’d be eligible in time for this week’s game against Glendale. Beasley can appeal CIF’s decision.

“I’m pretty aggravated, to be honest with you,” Zerbel said. “I don’t know the exact details. I heard it at after practice today, trying to figure it out. We have a 100-page report from an independent investigator and they obviously didn’t go off of anything on there.”

Zerbel said he will discuss with Beasley and his family their next options. La Canada is 1-1. With Beasley, the Spartans stood a great chance to win the Rio Hondo League this season. Beasley has multiple college offers and is considered one of the top running backs in the state.