Boys’ athletics at Palm Desert High School finished sixth in the CIF Southern Section’s Commissioner’s Cup competition — a contest in which schools are awarded points for their success in multiple sports.
Palm Desert scored 12 points — five points for their water polo championship, three points for the tennis team making the final, three points for the baseball team’s runner-up finish, and one point for the golf team’s fourth-place finish.
“We really aspire to do the best that we can and we’re looking to try to get as deep as we can in the playoffs, and it shows you the depth of our athletic program,” Palm Desert Athletic Director and baseball head coach Darol Salazar said. “It’s pretty impressive when you look at the other schools on that list.”
Leading the way was Mater Dei (Santa Ana) with 21 points and three titles, followed by Loyola (L.A.) with 19 points and two championships.
“I think our teams all support each other. if you go to a baseball game, all the basketball and softball players are there to cheer us on and vice versa,” Salazar said. “We try to really have a cohesive athletic program that tries to get the most out of everybody. It’s a really neat school.”
Palm Desert finished fourth in the Commissioner’s Cup in 2012.