Elsinore player Yalissa Teller (6) gets high in the air to attempt a block during playoff action at Elsinore High School Thursday, Feb. 10. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

This season it was all about the Yucaipa and Centennial girls water polo teams, as they received the top seeds in their respective divisions of the CIF Southern Section playoff pairings that were released last week. These were the first girls’ water polo playoffs in two years, as last season’s postseason was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Yucaipa (19-9), the No. 1 seed in the Division 2 bracket, faced Murrieta Mesa in a first-round match last Wednesday at Crafton Hills College, defeating the Lady Rams 17-4. Riverside Poly (18-7), the No. 4 seed in Division 3, had a first-round bye and hosted Vista Murrieta in a first-round match where they fell to the Lady Broncos, 9-8. Vista Murrieta, advancing to the quarterfinals, took on Bonita, but could not get past the Lady Bearcats, falling 6-4.

King, the Inland area’s top team this season, just missed a top-four seeding in the Division 1 bracket. The Wolves (19-10) hosted and beat Murrieta Valley 16-4 in the first round last Wednesday. Elsinore, another of the top teams in the area, fell to Dana Hills in the second round of the playoffs, 8-4.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.