Meeting in Porterville Friday, the playoff selection committee rewarded the Strathmore High School girls’ water polo team for an undefeated regular season with a number one seed.
Strathmore, which won the East Sequoia League title this year under Head Coach Tom Harrison, will have the home-pool advantage throughout the Division III playoffs.
The Lady Spartans, who tuned up by thrashing Granite Hills 23-2 Thursday, will meet eighth-seeded Madera South in the opening round next week.
The Spartan boys will have a harder path to a championship, after earning the sixth-seed. They’ll play on the road at Garces, which received the three-seed in Division III.
In Division I, the fifth-seeded Monache boys’ water polo squad travels to play fourth-seeded Clovis West, while the eighth-seeded Lady Marauders will host ninth-seeded Hanford West.
Porterville also placed two teams in the water polo playoffs, with the girls’ earning a Division I home date. The seventh-seeded Lady Panthers open at home against 10th-seeded Clovis East, while in Division II, the fourth-seeded Porterville boys will host fifth-seeded Mt. Whitney.
In varsity girls’ volleyball, a trio of area teams made it to the postseason. It’s now win or go home for Porterville, Strathmore and Lindsay high schools.
The Lady Panthers received the 12th seed in the Division III Central Section bracket, and are scheduled to play fifth-seeded Avenal on the road next week.
In Division IV, Strathmore earned the 15th seed. The Lady Spartans will travel to play second-seeded Fowler.
Lindsay’s 16th-seeded Cardinals will face a tough test, playing at top-seeded Taft.
The dates and times of the first-round games in both sports were not available at press time.