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Brackets are released for local schools

It is February madness for high school basketball fans. Several local teams found themselves punching their tickets to the post season as the brackets for both boys and girl’s basketball were released by CIF central section.

Just like every year teams feel like they may have gotten snubbed or even received a lower seed than what they were hoping for. That could be said for Farmersville who received a No. 12 seed in the Division IV boy’s bracket.

The Aztecs clinched their second straight East Sierra League title by beating Orosi last week to post a record of 17-8 overall with a ESL record of 9-1. Lindsay who had an overall record of 17-9 overall with a East Sequoia League record of 7-3 which was a game behind league champ Granite Hills, received a No. 6 seed.

Sierra Pacific who was 18-7 overall and finished league play with a 5-5 record received a No. 9 seed.

Should Farmersville have received a higher seed? Looking at their overall strength of schedule they received a good seed, but if you take into account how the Aztecs have finished strong and are on a roll heading into playoffs then maybe Farmersville should have received a higher seed. But the debts are just part of the beauty of this time of season.

 

Boys Basketball Division IV

Exeter received a No. 2 seed and will face No. 15 Kerman on Wednesday Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. Lindsay received a No. 6 seed and will face No. 11 Bakersfield Christian in Lindsay on Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. Farmersville received a No. 12 seed and will be on the road to No. 5 Chowchilla on Feb 20 at 7:00 p.m.

The No. 1 seed went to Washington Union who looks to be the heavy favorite to win the Valley title in Division IV.

Of all the local teams in this division, the Monarchs have the best chance to face Washington Union in the Valley Finals.

If Lindsay beats Bakersfield Christian they will have to face the winner of the No. 3 Sierra vs No. 14 Mendota game. Sierra should have no problem with Mendota.

As for Farmersville they will have probably the toughest task of getting to the finals. If the Aztecs can get by Chowchilla then they will have to face either No. 4 Granite Hills or No. 13 Orosi on Friday.

Then if the Aztecs were to win again, the Aztecs would have to face Washington Union. That is a tough task for the Aztecs. But just as in the NCAA tournament anything can happen.

Girls Basketball Division IV

Lindsay received the No. 1 seed and will have faced No. 16 Coalinga by the time this edition of the Sun-Gazette has come out.

Exeter received the No. 4 seed and will face No. 13 Fowler on Tuesday night. Strathmore received the No. 14 seed and has to travel to Taft.

Looking ahead at the brackets, it looks like Lindsay has the best shot of making it to the Valley Championship game that will be played at Selland Arean in Fresno.

The game to look at out for is Lindsay vs Exeter, that is if both teams can win their first two games. The only team that stands in the way of a Lindsay/Exeter match-up in the semi finals is No. 5 Chowchilla. Chowchilla could give Exeter problems, but look for Exeter to be ready for Chowchilla if the Monarchs can get by Fowler on Tuesday night.

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