Long Beach Poly has been soaring above their competition, but it is going to become a lot tougher come playoff time. Photo by William “Jaye” Johnson
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
Long Beach Poly is rising to the top
In the Southern Section, Long Beach Poly is rising above nearly every team in California. Sitting at 16-1, they are running through the Moore League right now, and it does not look like they will be challenged until the playoffs.
Compton looked like they might give Poly a tough time in league play, but that was not the case as Poly easily won the game 65-49.
Poly has a non-league win over Westchester, they blew through their competition at various tournaments, and on Max Preps rankings, they are No. 3 in California and No. 10 in the nation. Their only loss was against a team from Florida.
Poly is running through their regular season, but the post season is going to be extremely challenging. In the Southern Section Division 1AA, Mater Dei (No. 1 in the state), Loyola (No. 4), Corona Centennial (No. 5), Mission Viejo (No. 8), Etiwanda (No. 9), and a number of other highly ranked teams reside.
Westchester still on top, but they have new company
For about 15 years the City Section has been Westchester, Fairfax, and Taft. Fairfax has been down for a few years, and Taft, who won the City title last year, lost their coach and star players, so they are not the team that they were last year.
But Westchester (No. 16) has not fallen off. Even though they had a lot of turnover from their team that made it to the City Section semifinals last year, they are still athletic and deep.
In the Western League, Palisades took their shot at Westchester but came up empty. Even though the game was tied at halftime, Westchester pulled away and built a double digit league in the second half. Fairfax will take their shot on Friday night at home, but this looks like a game that is Westchester’s for the taking.
Westchester looks primed for a run at the title, but there is one team out there who some consider the best in the City. That is El Camino Real (No. 11). If the two teams meet it will not be until the City championship game.
Local teams play in the Serra Classic
Gardena Serra will host the Serra Classic this Saturday, and there will be some local teams playing. Washington plays at 11 a.m., Locke at 2 p.m., Price at 3:30 p.m., Serra at 5 p.m., Cathedral at 6:30 p.m., and Lawndale at 8 p.m.