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The CIF Southern Section postseason is underway this week while Long Beach State's basketball season begins.

THURSDAY

CIF Girls’ Volleyball Playoffs, 7 p.m.

There are five local high school volleyball teams in the CIF Southern Section playoffs this week. If Long Beach Poly, Lakewood, Wilson, Millikan or St. Anthony win their first round games on Tuesday they’ll play the second round tonight.

CIF Boys’ Water Polo Playoffs, 5 p.m.

The local high school water polo teams all got very difficult draws in the CIF-SS playoffs. Moore League champion Wilson (14-12) has to start the postseason on the road at Corona del Mar (18-9) in Division 2. Millikan finished second in the Moore League, and is at home against Newbury Park (17-10) in Division 4. In the same bracket, Long Beach Poly (9-18) is on the road to face top-weeded Peninsula (19-9).

FRIDAY

High School Football, 7 p.m.

The regular season ends tonight, and Long Beach Poly is finishing its schedule at Serra in a nonleague game. The Jackrabbits (8-1, 6-0) have only allowed 42 points this season, but Serra (5-4, 4-2) is averaging 32 points scored per game.

In Moore League action, Millikan (7-2, 4-1) is trying to finish second and win eight games for the first time since 1986. Jordan will finish with one win or fewer for the second time in the last four years. Wilson (4-5, 3-2) can take third place in league and finish .500 overall with a win over Compton. The Tarbabes (5-4, 2-3) can still take third with a victory and a coin flip. In the final league game, Cabrillo (1-7, 1-4) is visiting Lakewood (3-6, 2-3).

In other action, St. Anthony (6-3, 2-0) is trying to win its fifth consecutive game and finish the Santa Fe League as undefeated champions. The Saints are taking on St. Monica (0-9) at L.A. Valley College.

Long Beach State Men’s Water Polo at San Jose State, 7 p.m.

The 49ers (11-11, 1-2) finish the regular season with a three-game road trip that begins today in San Jose. LBSU has lost seven of its last nine games. San Jose State (13-10, 1-4) is 6-0 at home, but is coming off of two straight losses on the road. Jacob Mercep leads SJSU with 74 goals. The next closest player has 27 goals.

SATURDAY

Long Beach State Men’s Basketball vs. CSU Dominguez Hills, 4 p.m.

This Homecoming exhibition will be the third scrimmage before LBSU starts the regular season at San Francisco on Nov. 10. LBSU has won all three meetings against Dominguez Hills from 1998-2000. Dominguez Hills have two key returning starters in Justin Sadler and Vincent Golson. Sadler scored double digit points five times, and double digit rebounds nine times last season. Golson led the CCAA (California Collegiate Athletic Association) in assist to turnover ratio. The Division II Toros haven’t had playoff success since 2012 when they appeared in the CCAA Championships.

Long Beach State Women’s Volleyball at Hawaii, 10 p.m.

This is the last Big West match on the road this season for the 49ers (7-18, 4-8) before three games in the Walter Pyramid to finish the year. Hawaii (16-7, 10-2) has won four of its last five games and that streak started with a four-set win at LBSU. In that match, Emily Maglio led Hawaii with 14 kills, and Megan Kruidhof had 14 kills for the 49ers.

JJ has covered Long Beach sports for more than a decade. He's written for multiple newspapers in Southern California, produced professional event videos and won numerous awards for his writing and community service.

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