It was déjà vu for the Clovis West High boys basketball team – one that surely left the Golden Eagles and their fans wondering what happened.
For the second straight season, Clovis West was bounced out of the quarterfinals under the direction of coach Vance Walberg.
No. 9 Sunnyside beat the top-seeded Golden Eagles 70-56 Thursday night in the Central Section Division I playoffs.
Sunnyside senior guard Breaun Heights finished with 21 points for the Wildcats and teammate forward Amari Stroud chipped in 18 points.
Clovis West has fallen well short of replicating its glory days enjoyed during Walberg’s first stretch with the Eagles. They won eight section titles in his first 13 seasons with the program.
Walberg then left to become coach at Fresno City in 2002 and eventually served as head coach at Pepperdine and an NBA assistant for a few years. He was re-hired at Clovis West in July 2016.
In his return, Clovis West has gone 25-5 and 26-4.
But the Eagles have yet to win in the playoffs, each season given a first-round bye then losing in their first postseason game.
Sunnyside (20-10) moves on to face defending section champion No. 5 Central (22-7) in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Grizzlies defeated No. 4 Liberty-Bakersfield 71-69.