After the No. 1 doubles tandem of Quinn Bush and Daniel Garcia came back from a final set 2-5 deficit to win a tiebreak in the final set of the afternoon, the Palm Desert boys’ tennis team beat last year’s top seed in Division 2 Santa Margarita at home.
Bush and Garcia won all three of their sets (6-3, 6-4, 7-6), as did No. 1 singles player Christian Rozpedski (6-0, 6-1, 6-2). No. 2 doubles team Emon Shaaf and Joshua Phillips won two (6-4, 7-5), along with No. 3 doubles team of Estaban Lagos and Naveed Ashgarpour (6-4, 6-4).
Palm Desert (4-0) will take on another strong opponent from Fresno on Saturday at 11 a.m. at home.
Xavier Prep 14, La Quinta 4: Umrith Bajaj and Anthony Bross succeeded in sweeping their doubles sets(6-0, 6-0, 6-0) against the Blackhawks on Thursday to lead the Saints to a league victory. Makai Quintana also won all three of his single sets (6-2, 6-0, 6-0) along with two singles wins from Topher Saliba (6-0, 6-2) and Jared Clark (6-0, 6-1).
Marco Capabianco and Jack Li (6-0) and Joshua Clark and Jaden Emerson (6-0) also picked up double sets wins.
Rancho Mirage 247, West Valley 266: Benny Leung led the Rattlers to a win on Thursday with a team-best 41 to tie for low medalist with West Valley’s Jacob Medeiros. Mauricio Alvarez and Marcus Lopez both followed with 45s for Rancho Mirage.
Boys’ track and field
La Quinta 84.5, Palm Desert 42.5: With nine separate individual winners, including two event victories from Adam Kasten, the Blackhawks dominated their rivals in a league meet. Kasten won both the 300 meter hurdles (43.46) as well as the long jump (20 feet, eight inches).
He was in victories by Anthony Luna in the shot put (38-8.25), Andres Sanchez in the triple jump (38-6.5), Elijah Urena in the 3200 (11:09), Jorge Zendejas in the 200 (24.36), Mario Luna in the 110 hurdles (16.87), Cesar Rodriguez in the 400 (53.59), Isaiah Villalpando in the 800 (2:06.52) and Jesus Hernandez in the 1600 (5:01.93).
Hernandez, Villalpando, Anthony Rojas and Antonio Gambino also together won the 4×400 relay in 3:42.
For the Aztecs, the boys managed to sweep the 100 meters, led by Brooks Stephenson (11.44) and the high jump, led by Jack Queenan (5-4). Palm Desert also picked up a win in the discus from Jacob Gilbert (106-9) and took home the 4×100 relay title with a team of Jedidiah Jackson, Spencer Platamone, Stephenson and Queenan.
Shadow Hills 66, Cathedral City 61: Down 60-53 late in the meet, the Knights stormed back with victories in the final two events to secure the team’s first DVL dual meet win. Luis Fernandez, Matthew Kelsey, Tommy Clark and Kaleb Welmas pulled through for their teammates in the 4×400 for a win, followed by Hunter Rodriguez’s victory in the high jump.
Other wins by Shadow Hills included Welmas in the 400, Isaiah Gonzalez in the 1600, Alvaro Aceves in the 300 hurdles, David Hurley in the discus and Quintcy Egson in the triple jump.
Girls’ track and field
Shadow Hills 77, Cathedral City 49: The Knights broke two school records Thursday night, as Victoria Soto surpassed her own mark in the discus (121 feet), while Nyah Chavez broke her previous record in the 800 meters (2:26.01).
In the team’s first DVL dual meet win, Chavez also won the 1600 and the 3200, while Alyssa Felix won the 400, Dariana Nunez won the high jump and Melissa Martinez won the shot put. Felix, Madi Risk, Katelyn Christensen and Dana Jacobo won the 4×400 relay.
Montclair 3, Xavier Prep 1: Ben Wysard pitched a complete game, giving up two earned runs while striking out two batters in the loss. At the plate, Joey Perricone led the Saints, going 2 for 2 with a run and a stolen base. Rob Arzano was 1 for 2 with an RBI.
La Quinta 7, Cajon 4: After being tied 3-3 through seven innings, the Blackhawks scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning, led by a two-run double from Evan Berkey – his second double of the game.
On the mound, Andrew Garcia threw seven innings and struck out five batters. At the plate, Trent Schwanke led the team, going 3 for 4, while both Justin Valdivia and Isaac Salazar went 1 for 2 with two RBIs each.