The CIF Central Section released the playoff brackets at 2 p.m. today and there are six local teams taking part in the postseason action beginning next week.
In the Division II bracket, the Lemoore boys basketball team received the No. 3 seed and will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Tigers (18-6, 9-1 WYL) will face the winner of the Hanford West (6)/Monache (11) first-round matchup next Friday at home.
Lemoore, the West Yosemite League champions, are back in the postseason for a second consecutive season and were ousted in the quarterfinals last season. They lost after upsetting No. 6 seed Tulare Union as the No. 11 seed in the first round.
Also in Division II, the Hanford West boys basketball team received the No. 6 seed and will face No. 11 seed Monache (13-14, 5-5 EYL) at home next Wednesday at 7 p.m. It'll be the first playoff game(and first home playoff game) for the Huskies in three seasons.
The Huskies (20-9, 9-3 WYL) had a turnaround season with 11 more wins than last season and finished second in the Central Sequoia League.
Continuing in the Division II bracket, the Hanford boys basketball team received the No. 8 seed and will face No. 9 seed Roosevelt (15-13, 5-5 NYL) at home next Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Bullpups lost in the quarterfinals last season as a 2 seed after a bye in the first round.
The Bullpups (15-10, 5-5 WYL) are making the playoffs for a seventh time in a row, but haven’t won a playoff game in the last two seasons. Their last playoff win came during the 2015-16 season against Sunnyside, 58-51, in the first round.
The girls basketball team earned the No. 8 seed in the Division I bracket and will have a home game against No. 9 seed Righetti (13-9, 6-4 CCML) next Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Bullpups lost in the quarterfinals last season as the No. 6 seed.
Hanford (21-6, 10-0 WYL) won their 14th consecutive West Yosemite League championship this season and third perfect league title in a row.
In Division IV, the Sierra Pacific girls basketball team was given the No. 3 seed and will have a home game against No. 14 seed Reedley (14-14, 3-7 NYL) next Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Golden Bears finished as runner-up in the Division IV finals last season.
Sierra Pacific (23-5, 12-0 ESL) is the defending CIF State Division V champions are making their eighth playoff appearance in a row.
The boys basketball team, also in Division IV, receives the No. 10 seed and will travel to face No. 7 Kingsburg (13-13, 6-6 CSL) next Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the playoffs. Sierra Pacific lost in the first round last season as the No. 15 seed.
The Golden Bears (17-11, 10-2 ESL) finished second in the East Sequoia League and won six more games than they did last season. Sierra Pacific is making its third playoff appearance in a row.