Several top league matchups this week will set the stage for traditional Easter Week basetball tournaments in Fresno, Fowler, Selma and Tulare/Visalia.
Buchanan (13-1, 3-0), remaining No. 1 in the Central Section by The Bee and No. 7 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, will play at home against No. 5 Clovis (9-5, 2-1) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in a Tri-River Athletic Conference game.
That’s a rematch of last year’s Division-I championship won 3-2 by Clovis at Visalia’s Rawhide Ballpark.
Edison (11-4, 3-0) will have a big week at home in the County/Metro Athletic Conference.
The Tigers will oppose No. 10 Madera (11-3, 2-1) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday before colliding with No. 8 Bullard (8-6, 3-0) Friday at 3:30 p.m.
And, in the West Yosemite League, No. 6 Redwood (12-2, 1-1) will play at home against Lemoore (12-1, 1-0) at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Among Easter tournaments, the 19-team PRO-PT Tulare/Visalia Invitational and the eight-team Fowler Easter Classic each begin Saturday.
The Fowler Classic will close with a championship at 7:15 p.m. March 31.
The Tulare/Visalia event will conclude April 1 at Rawhide Ballpark with Lower and Upper division finals at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Fresno Easter Classic and Selma Great Kiwanis Tournament will begin Monday.
Clovis is the defending Fresno Easter Classic champion, but Buchanan will pursue its seventh title in the event that launches Monday with a record 38-team field at seven Fresno/Clovis sites. The championship is set for Clovis West’s Stan Bledsoe Field at 7:30 p.m. April 1.
The 13-team Selma tournament, in its 59th year, will close April 1 with a championship at 6 p.m.