The race for league titles comes to a close this week before the Central Section baseball and softball playoffs begin next week.
Playoff pairings will be announced Saturday when seeds are determined at the Central Section office in Porterville. Championship games in six divisions will be played May 17-18 at Fresno State.
Here’s a look at where teams stand in the Tri-River Athletic Conference, County/Metro Athletic Conference and North Yosemite League, starting with baseball:
TRAC – Buchanan (12-2) clinched an outright title with a 5-0 victory over Clovis North.
CMAC –Sanger and San Joaquin Memorial are tied at 12-2 after picking up wins on Tuesday. The Panthers close out the regular season Thursday at home against Madera South, while Sanger hosts Bullard.
NYL – Fresno has a one-game lead over Reedley heading into the season finale. The Warriors close against Sunnyside at home, while the Pirates visits Hoover.
A look at softball:
TRAC – Buchanan holds a one-game lead over Clovis. The Bears can clinch an outright TRAC title with a victory over Clovis North on Thursday.
CMAC – Bullard (9-0) clinched an outright title on Tuesday.
NYL – Reedley (8-1) lost 9-8 Tuesday to third-place Hoover but still can clinch an outright title when it plays Sunnyside on Thursday.
The Central Section team playoffs resume this week with semifinals on Thursday.
Top-seed Clovis North is attempting to repeat as champion in Division I. The Broncos will face No. 5 San Luis Obispo in a semifinal match on Thursday.
On Friday and Saturday, the individual tournament will be held at Immanuel High.
Clovis North and Sanger are the top two seeds in the Divison I playoffs that continue with Thursday quarterfinals. Semifinals are Tuesday and the championship is set for May 10.
Clovis and Clovis North figure to be the teams to beat rolling toward the section tournament May 13 at River Island east of Porterville. Clovis tied for sixth and Clovis North was 11th at the 40-team Champions’ Invitational March 29-30 in Indio. Two-time TRAC Player of the Year Jackson Lake led Clovis with a tie for second. Aidan Tran was Clovis North’s top scorer, in sixth.
Track and field
The road to the state meet continues this week with league meets. Area meets are May 8, the 100th Central Section meet is May 18 at Buchanan and the state meet is May 24-25 at Buchanan.
Swimming and diving
The Central Section championships got started on Wednesday with girls diving at Clovis West. The section championships will continue Thursday-Saturday. The state meet is set for May 10-11 at Clovis West.
El Diamante’s Parker Boswell was named the California Interscholastic Federation state male Scholar Athlete of the Year, earning a $5,000 scholarship.
Boswell, carrying a 3.93 GPA, is a two-sport athlete participating in baseball and football all four years, while also serving as team captain the past three years. He’ll attend UCLA with a major in Business Economics.
Hayden Hobbs of Redwood and Lilian Svetich of San Luis Obispo were named the Central Section winners.