Tulare High made Garces work in the Central Section Division III boys water polo championship match, but the Rams hung on 9-8 Wednesday afternoon to capture a second straight title.
Sean Dodenhoff's save with 18 seconds left gave the ball back to top-seeded Garces with its one-goal lead intact. The No. 2 Redskins managed one last possession with 4 seconds left, but a final shot at the buzzer sailed over the bar.
Clovis North 16, Hanford 6: Shae Russell and Hans Hildebrandt combined to score the first four goals, and the top-seeded Broncos never looked back against the No. 5 Bullpups.
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Clovis North, the defending champion, will host Memorial at 11 a.m. Saturday for the title.
Russell finished with a game-high five goals.
Broncos goalie Nick Jenks helped hold Hanford down with 12 saves.
Aidan Broussard paced the Bullpups with three goals.
Memorial 7, Lemoore 6: Kyle Harlan scored three goals and Tristan Ferdinandi had seven saves as the No. 3 Panthers beat the Tigers.
T.J. Barnhart's three goals led No. 2 Lemoore.
Girls water polo
Clovis 7, Buchanan 1: The top-seeded Cougars advanced to the final behind a balanced scoring attack and Hannah Mills' 11 saves.
Ashlee Coleman and Hannah Harvey each scored twice.
Clovis will face Clovis West for the second straight year. The Cougars captured their first section title last season, defeating the two-time defending champions 3-2.
Megan Kittlitz made seven saves for No. 4 Buchanan.
Clovis West 16, Sanger 6: Ali Orlich scored three times in a nine-goal first-half as the second-seeded Golden Eagles took control early against the No. 3 Apaches.
McKenna Fife and Mary Brooks each scored twice in the first half to stake Clovis West to a 9-1 lead en route to a finals rematch against Clovis, set for 11 a.m. Saturday. Brooks finished with five goals and Fife with four.
Clovis North 10, Hanford West 4: Chay Coffman's six goals helped the top-seeded Broncos pull away from the No. 5 Huskies.
Clovis North, which led 5-0 at halftime, advances to host No. 3 Golden West at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the final.
Dagmar Gudmundsson's three goals led Hanford West.
Golden West 8, Memorial 2: The defending champion and sixth-seeded Trailblazers are back in the final, getting six goals from Elizabeth Pace to beat the No. 2 Panthers.
Savanna Dolan scored twice for Golden West, which beat Memorial 9-6 in overtime last year for the title.
Sophia Gonzalez and Caitlyn Cardoza scored for the Panthers.
Central Section championship matches are scheduled in four divisions tonight, with the fifth title decided Tuesday when Kings Christian swept its way to the Division V title.
Kings Christian defended its title with its three-set victory over Sierra Pacific.
The Crusaders – supported by Morghan Williams' 15 kills and 10 digs and BryAnn Smith's eight digs and six aces – improved to 33-5 with their 25-12, 25-10, 25-21 victory.