The Palm Springs boys’ track team cruised to an easy victory Thursday night over Palm Desert 92-35, but the girls’ dual meet brought plenty of drama, with the Aztecs pulling out a tight win 66-61.
Andrew Clark headlined the Indian boys’ dominant outing, taking titles in the 110 meter hurdles (16.37), the 300 hurdles (46.04) and the triple jump (39-8).
For the Palm Desert boys, Nick Keuilian led the team with a win in the high jump (5-10), Ethan Waters won the 3200 (11:01.09) and Marcellus Gonzalez won the 800 (2:07.77).
Hailey Murdica and Melissa Brown led the Aztec girls team to the narrow victory, each picking up two wins in the dual. Murdica took home to 100 (12.45) and the 200 (26.12), while Brown won the high jump (4-08) and the triple jump (33-06).
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Despite the defeat, Jada McLean and Jackie Jordan shined for the Indians, with McLean’s victories in the 100 hurdles (16.42) and the 300 hurdles (49.45), while Jordan won the 1600 (5:59.62) and the 3200 (13:27.10).
Xavier Prep vs. Coachella Valley: The Saint boys’ team picked up a win over the Arabs 83-44, but Andrew Romero (1600), Jose Quintero (3200), Adrian Felix (800) and Jose Delatorre (long jump) each won for Coachella Valley.
The Arabs’ girls team beat the Saints 69-58, with Danni DeMara winning the 300 hurdles and 100 hurdles, while Leslie Morales won the triple jump and the long jump and Jenny Salcido won the 1600 and 800.
Coachella Valley will face Cathedral City next.
Cathedral City vs. Indio: The Rajah boys’ team picked up a league win over the Lions 71-51, led by Sabastian Rodriguez and Brian Cervantes, who each won two events. Rodriguez picked up victories in the 400 (53.1) and the 200 (24.17), while Cervantes took first in the 110 hurdles (15.38) and the 300 hurdles (41.69).
The Lady Lions picked up the victory 68-49, while the Rajahs were led by Tajah Brown, who won both the 100 hurdles (17.86) and the 300 hurdles (1:01.32).
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Coachella Valley 22, Xavier Prep 0: The Arabs pulled out a convincing shutout victory on an important milestone evening for their coach, Paul Salow.
The Arabs’ manager picked up his 300th victory as the softball coach at Coachella Valley High School.
Desiree Rodriguez and Analy Paniagua combined on the mound for the five-inning no-hitter. Rebecca Alford led the Arabs’ (8-4, 1-0) offensive attack at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a triple, four runs and two RBIs, while Emily Salinas and Daisy Rodriguez were 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Palm Valley 16, Bethel Christian 8: Chynna Doremus picked up the win on the mound, giving up seven hits while walking six and striking out seven. She also went 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and a triple, knocking in four runs.
Desert Christian Academy 19, Desert Hot Springs 0: Jahzell Estrada completed a perfect game for the Conquerors, striking out 12 batters along the way in the dominant victory.
Ashley Klopfenstein led the day off with a solo home run and finished 4-for-5 with two homers, both in the first inning, six RBIs and four runs scored. Maycee Jones finished 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs, and Estrada also went perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 with four runs and three RBIs.
The Conquerors (6-1-1) play on Tuesday at home against Dayton, a team from Oregon.
Shadow Hills 14, Twentynine Palms 3: Kary Razo picked up the win on the mound, giving up two earned runs in four innings. At the plate, Amy Ibarra led the attack, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer to go along with four RBIs to clinch the Lady Knights’ opening league win.
Palm Desert 8, Oak Hills 1: Beau Berryhill led the Aztecs to victory Thursday at the plate, going 2-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI at the plate Izayah Alvarez went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Jonny Cuevas knocked in two RBIs and Brian Devlin went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
On the mound, Jeremiah Estrada went six innings, allowing one unearned run while striking out eight.
Shadow Hills 7, Twentynine Palms 1: Fernando Rojas picked up the win for the Knights, lasting five innings while striking out six and walking just two, giving up one earned run with three hits.
At the plate, Kevin Morden went 3-for-5 with one run, while Alex Lopez, Sean Roby and Alex Bejjani each went 2-for-4 with a combined five runs scored. Alex Lopez finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Knights (5-4, 1-0) take the field next on Tuesday at home against Twentynine Palms at 5 p.m.
Palm Valley 14, Bethel Christian 1: Andrew Olson picked up the win with five innings of work, striking out 11 while also getting on base three times at the plate. Jaxon Jabara and Matthew Zembo combined to reach base eight times while scoring five of the Firebirds’ runs.
Palm Valley (2-3, 1-1) play next in the Lions Tournament next week.
Xavier Prep vs. Coachella Valley: The Saints both took home victories over the Arabs, with the boys winning 108-60 and the girls cruising 140-29.
For the Arabs, Roman Diaz won the 100 freestyle, Cris Robles won the 100 breaststroke, and the 200 medley relay team (Diaz, Robles, Justin Aguilar and Gabriel Ruiz) and the 200 freestyle relay team (Diaz, Robles, Eli Navarro and Ruiz) both won.
Palm Springs vs. Palm Desert: The Aztec girls team picked up a 97-73 win over the Indians, who were led by wins from Christine Hoogendky (200 IM), Auriella Gutierez (500 freestyle) and Alex Salinas (100 breaststroke).
The Aztec boys also beat Palm Springs 107-63, but the Indians were led by Christian Meyer, who won the 200 IM and the 500 freestyle.
The Indians will compete next in the Raider Invite at Rowland High School this weekend.
Xavier Prep 179, La Quinta 185: The Saints picked up a tight victory over the competitive Blackhawks, led by a pair of 33s from Caesar Cheng and Leo Hsiang. Jack Solis followed with a 37. Mark Williams led La Quinta with a 34, followed by Isaac Calderon’s 36 and Grant Calender’s 37.
Rancho Mirage 237, Shadow Hills 245: DJ Sailor emerged medalist for the Rattlers in their victory, followed by Mauricio Alverez’s 45 at the Gary Player Signature Course.
Palm Springs 18, Indio 0: The Indians swept the Rajahs, with singles players Michael Cabaguncan and Miguel Lopez not losing a single point while Will Donovan won 6-0, 6-1, 6-0. The doubles tandems of Riley Barnett and Gibby Campbell, Garo Mazamanian and Enrigque Gutierrez and Ben Goehring and Julio Bojorguez only dropped a combined three points.
The Indians (8-2, 4-1) play next on Tuesday at home against Cathedral City.
La Quinta 11, Xavier Prep 7: The Blackhawks won eight sets in singles to help push them to victory, including sweeps by Gabriel Hermant (6-3, 6-0, 6-0) and Clayton Carlson (6-1, 6-0, 6-0) and two wins from Jaret Prahl (6-4, 6-4).
In doubles, Dylan Huber and Ivan Hernandez picked up a set (6-2) while Phillip Ross and Ramon Ruiz won twice (6-4, 6-2).
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