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Rivalry games have title implications

1:00 AM, Oct. 29, 2012 EDT

Redwood's Paul Spencer runs against Hanford West on Friday at Giant Chevrolet-Cadillac Mineral King Bowl. If the Rangers can beat Mt. Whitney in the Cowhide Game, they would win at least a share of the WYL title. / John Noell

Rivalry week is always an exciting time for the Visalia and Tulare high schools involved.

Adding championship implications to those rivalry games makes things even more exciting.

All three major rivalry games in Visalia and Tulare have title implications this week.

In Tulare's annual Bell Game, Tulare Union will play Tulare Western at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Redskins can clinch a share of the East Yosemite League championship with a win over the Mustangs.

If they can get past the Mustangs and improve to 4-1 in the EYL, they would then have to wait until Friday night to see who they would be sharing the title with.

Mission Oak is 3-1 and closes out the league season against Delano at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in Tulare.

Porterville is also 3-1 and plays Monache at 7 p.m. Friday in Porterville.

Both El Diamante and Redwood will be playing for the West Yosemite League championship in their respective rivalry games.

El Diamante is 4-1 in the WYL and can earn at least a share of the title by beating rival Golden West in the annual Battle for the Saddle game, which will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Golden West.

Redwood is also 4-1 in the WYL, but faces a tough challenge in Mt. Whitney in The Cowhide Game. Both teams are 7-2 overall.

Lemoore is the other team playing for a league title. The Tigers are 4-1 and will play Hanford at 7:30 p.m. Friday.




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Rank School Record
1 Mission Oak High School
Tulare, CA
2 El Diamante HS
Visalia, CA
3 Mt. Whitney High School
Visalia, CA
4 Redwood High School
Visalia, CA
5 Central Valley Christian School
Visalia, CA