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Sunday, November 14, 2010
LA South: Mid-Valley Division playoffs outlook

By Blair Angulo

Seeded teams: 1. Azusa (10-0, Montview 1); 2. Monrovia (8-2, Rio Hondo 1); 3. Arroyo (9-1, Mission Valley 1); 4. Covina (9-1, Valle Vista 1)

At-large selections: Gladstone, La Canada, San Dimas, Village Christian

Best first-round game: San Dimas (6-4) at No. 3 Arroyo (9-1) -- A rather untested Arroyo team takes on the defending Mid-Valley Division champions. San Dimas is used to these games; Arroyo fell in the first round last year.

Best potential second-round game: Rosemead (7-3) at No. 1 Azusa (10-0) –- The Aztecs have allowed just 30 points all year -- and no, that was not a misprint. But can Azusa do the same to Rosemead, which averaged 27.8 points per game during the regular season?

Prediction: No. 4 Covina's cardiac kids has been playing things close the whole year, as six of the Colts' 10 games have been decided by eight points or fewer. Don't expect things to change in the postseason. Covina outlasts Azusa in the semifinal, then sinks a late field goal to edge out No. 2 Monrovia in the title game.