Golden West Wins Historic CIF Central Water Polo Crown; Clovis Girls Knock Off West

Since the first Clinton administration the CIF Central Section Division 1 boys water polo championship has been taken by a Clovis Unified School District high school. Visalia’s Golden West interrupted that 23-year trend with a victory on Saturday, a 12-11 stunner over Clovis High School.

Fourth-seeded Golden West (22-8) eliminated three Clovis Unified programs – No. 5 Clovis North, top-seeded Buchanan and No. 2 Clovis…

The Trailblazers did it after petitioning to play up a level. Golden West won the D-II title last season.

Less historic was the girls D1 matchup featuring Clovis West versus Clovis for the seventh consecutive year. The top-seeded Bears Cougars of Clovis won for the fourth time in seven years in a defensive game, 5-3.

Girls Water Polo: Clovis High beats Clovis West to win Central Section D-I crown
Girls Water Polo: Clovis High beats Clovis West to win Central Section D-I crown

The teams were 3-3 against each other since first meeting in the section finals in 2009. Clovis West won the first meeting and again in 2012 and 2014. The Cougars took the crown in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

It’s a rivalry unmatched in the San Joaquin Valley, with nearly 800 fans filling the bleachers to watch the top-seeded Cougars take on the defending champion Golden Eagles.

This time, Clovis came out on top, winning 5-3 to knock off the Golden Eagles for the fourth time this season.

Those two heavyweight matches and four more divisional championships covered by the Fresno Bee.

Source: Prep water polo playoffs: Golden West boys dethrone ClovisPrep water polo playoffs: Clovis girls hold off Clovis West for D-I crown


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