Three Long Beach schools have qualified for the CIF water polo playoffs, which will start this week, with wild card games on Tuesday and first-round contests on Wednesday.

Wilson water polo coach Tony Martinho said this year is no different for his Bruins—their expectation was another Moore League title (which they already secured) and to win a CIF championship. In order to grab another CIF championship for their already bursting trophy, Wilson will likely have to do something few teams have done over the last five years: beat Mater Dei.

Seeded fourth in the bracket, Wilson will start at home on Wednesday against the winner of a wild card game between San Clemente and Irvine. Because the Monarchs are seeded tops, however, the Bruins would likely see them in the semifinals (barring an upset). Mater Dei defeated the Bruins in the CIF championship game last year, and only last Saturday saw a 105-game win streak snapped. Before that, if Wilson can get past Wednesday’s first round game, they’d most likely see Loyola in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

The Bruins have the Moore League’s only home game of the bracket, since Millikan will try to keep their year going on the road against Newport Harbor in the first round. Harbor is the three-seed in the bracket.

Poly, the third-place team from the Moore League, will open up in the wild card round on the road against Crespi on Tuesday.

  • Sports Guy Mike Guardabascio has been writing professionally for a decade, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards and is the author of the historical book "Football in Long Beach."

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