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LA South: Five things from the weekend

10/25/2010

1. The Arcadia boys' cross country team, ranked No. 2 nationally, ran away with the Team Sweepstakes title at the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. Ammar Moussa tied the course record with a time of 14:24 in the 2.91-mile trek. Arcadia's team time of 75:16 broke the previous course record by more than a minute.

2. St. John Bosco has a good thing growing with quarterback Raymond Medina. The junior may not have the out-of-this-world stats yet (11 touchdowns in seven games), but he possesses the tools (strong arm, quick feet, pocket presence, size) to break out next season. He and go-to receiver Bryce Treggs, a fellow 2012 class member, are already a major force. Treggs was a recipient in 10 of Medina's 19 completions -- two for scores -- in Friday night's 32-24 loss to Servite.

3. Things should get more difficult for Bonita (7-0) in the next few weeks with games against West Covina (6-1), Rowland (4-4) and Diamond Ranch (4-3). The winner of Friday's game at West Covina gains control of the Hacienda League, but it also gives the Bearcats a chance that they're for real. Aside from an eye-opening 22-point win in Week 1 against Sierra League leader Claremont (6-1), Bonita has beaten up on teams with a combined record of 18-26. Not exactly your cream of the crop. Meanwhile, Diamond Ranch's three losses were to teams that have gone 16-5; West Covina's lone loss was to Covina, which is 7-1.

4. Any more Long Beach Poly (5-2) doubters out there? In retrospect, the Jackrabbits must be feeling pretty good about their 32-7 Week 1 loss to St. Bonaventure, which is coming off a 52-0 dismantling of Thousand Oaks on Friday. The No. 8 Seraphs are 6-1 (only defeat was by a point to Oaks Christian). Poly's other loss was to No. 3 Mission Viejo (7-0). The positive spin? The 37 points the Diablos put up against Poly are a season-low (Mission Viejo has averaged 47 points in its six other wins).

5. The scoreboard was on hyperactive mode at Maranatha High on Friday. Cerritos Valley Christian eventually emerged from the points-fest that included five overtime periods and lasted nearly five hours, leaving Pasadena with a 70-64 victory. The teams combined to score 54 points after regulation.