CIF playoffs begin this week

A total of 382 high schools will begin a quest for a CIF-Southern Section boys’ basketball title this week with nine teams hailing from the Coachella Valley.

There are 356 in the girls basketball playoffs, but just six earned a berth to the playoffs from the desert. In water polo, 141 entries in sevens division will compete. Three of those are from the Desert Valley League Valley League.

In boys’ basketball, DVL undefeated champ Palm Springs leads the list of nine teams in seven different divisions. In girls’ hoop DVL co-champs La Quinta and Indio are among the six in six different divisions.

Boys’ hoop games are Wednesday and Friday, while the girls will play Thursday and Saturday. In water polo, wild card games are Tuesday with first rounders on Thursday.

Look for our coverage all week as we start the second season.

Here’s a breakdown of our local teams and opponents:

BOYS BASKETBALL

(all games at 7 p.m.)

Wednesday

Div. 3AAA: Murrieta Mesa at Palm Springs

Palm Desert at Jurupa Hills

Div. 3AA: Indio at Arlington

Div. 3A: Shadow Hills at Pacific

Div. 5AA: Xavier Prep at Linfield Christian

Div. 5A: Pacific Lutheran at Desert Christian Academy

Div. 6: Summit View at Marywood Palm Valley

Desert Chapel at Lee Vining

Friday

Div. 2AA: Cathedral City at Mira Costa

GIRLS BASKETBALL

(all games at 7 p.m.)

Thursday

Div. 3AA: Yorba Linda at Palm Desert

Div. 5A: Webb at West Shores

Div. 6: LaVerne Lutheran at Marywood Palm Valley

Saturday

Div. 1A: Chaffey at La Quinta

Div. 2AA: Coachella Valley at Perris

Div. 3AAA: Cerritos or N. Torrance at Indio

WATER POLO

Div. 6

(all games at 5 p.m.)

Tuesday

Rancho Alamitos at Palm Springs (site TBD)

La Salle at La Quinta

Thursday

Santa Monica or Cate at Palm Desert