Anthony Murdica finished with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, and added four steals, to lead visiting Palm Desert High School over Xavier Prep 62-39 in boys’ basketball Tuesday night.
The victory improved the Aztecs to 15-10 overall and 9-2 in Desert Valley League play and sets up a showdown for the DVL title on Thursday night. The Aztecs host La Quinta at 6:30 p.m., with the winner claiming the outright title. For their part, the Blackhawks defeated Cathedral City on Tuesday.
Joey Fabela scored nine points, and Alex McGrath added eight for Palm Desert. Aaron Cordero dished out six assists.
Palm Springs 60, Coachella Valley 40: On Senior Night, seniors Ricky Wright and David Pielatt scored in double figures and sophomore Damion Lee had a double-double to lead the Indians, who are still in the mix for second place in the Desert Valley League. Palm Springs (17-6, 7-3 DVL) will play at Cathedral City on Thursday.
Rancho Mirage 90, Yucca Valley 66: Charles Neal led the Rattlers (18-8, 9-2 De Anza) with 27 points and Daryn Evans added 23 for the 11th ranked team in the 4AA Division. Freshmen Marques Prior and Bryan Talley each had 10 points.
Desert Christian Academy 65, Mesa Grande 58: Derrick Rodriguez scored 15 points and dished out five assists, Anan Bullock had 15 and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Conquerors in victory. Ben Roethler added 11 points and seven rebounds for DCA, which improved to 14-9. The Conquerors will play their Senior Night game at home on Thursday.
Palm Springs 50, Coachella Valley 24: Hannah Wright led the Indians with 14 points and nine rebounds, and Joana Adams added nine points and eight boards. Hannah Flores contributed 10 points, a pair of assists and a pair of steals. The Indians improved to 16-7 and finish the regular season against Cathedral City on Thursday at home.
La Quinta 38, Cathedral City 29: Lauren Tijerina had nine points and Tori Gorman finished with eight to lead the Blackhawks to their fourth consecutive win. Ngozi Huling had 10 rebounds and Hilary Alvarez added eight. The Blackhawks (12-13, 7-4) host Palm Desert on Thursday to complete DVL play on Senior Night.
Palm Valley 57, Redlands Adventist 28: Kaleese Fountain had 13 points and five rebounds, Jackie Sutton had a pair of 3-pointers and Jasmine Bosnino finished with 15 points and 18 rebounds to lead the lady Firebirds. Anna Kleckerova also had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Palm Valley plays its Senior Night game at home on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Mesa Grande 35, Desert Christian Academy 23: Kaylee Espinoza had seven points as the Conquerors fell to Mesa Grande on the road to put DCA in a tie for fourth in the Victory League with Palm Valley. The Conquerors will play their Senior Night game at home on Thursday.
Desert Christian Academy 7, Redlands 2: Cade Burt and Andrew Kwon each registered a hat trick and the Conquerors rolled to another victory to remain unbeaten in the Victory League. Burt and Kwon each finished with three goals, and Jacob Hurshaw added another. Casey Harrell finished with four assists. DCA will play in its Senior Night game Thursday against Desert Chapel.
Amistad 5, La Familia 2: Jonathon Martinez scored two goals to lead Amistad. Victor Lazcano, Israel Moreno and Jose German all scored one goal. Ruben Zepeda, Edgar Arreola and Hilario Lazaro provided strong defense. Amistaid (2-0) hosts Summit on Feb. 17.
Desert Mirage 7, Twentynine Palms 0: Fred Zaragoza scored two goals and added a pair of assists for the Rams, which finished the regular season with a 12-8-2 record. Ramses Mora added a pair of goals and three other players found the back of the net. With the win, Desert Mirage secured the De Anza League regular season title (7-1-1) and will play next in the postseason.
Xavier Prep 1, Shadow Hills 1: Two valley teams got together for a non-league match Monday and it ended in a tie. Avery Vuksic scored the goal for the Saints.
Rancho Mirage 4, Yucca Valley 1: Kenya Cordero finished with a hat trick for Rancho Mirage and the Rattlers overcame an early deficit to defeat Yucca Valley.
College of the Desert 9, San Diego City College 0: Six singles player won in straight sets and COD rolled to an easy victory over San Diego City College on Tuesday at home. Felipe Fuentes and Pablo Torres each won, 6-0, 6-0, and Sam Cohen, David Bensoussan, Pedro Carle and Shimon Murakami also won.
The Roadrunners are now 2-0 and play again Thursday against Grossmont at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Riverside 12, College of the Desert 5: Cole Danielson went 3-for-4 and had three RBIs to led the Roadrunners in defeat Tuesday. Andrew Garcia and Colton McCluskey each finished 2-for-4 for COD, which fell to 1-7 on the season. The Roadrunners play next on Wednesday at Orange Coast College.
Shadow Hills excels: The Shadow Hills wrestling team made it to the finals of the CIF Southern Division Dual Meet at Redondo Union High School on Saturday, before losing to Mira Costa. It’s the first time the Knights have made the final in this event, and they are the only valley team to do so this year.
Shadow Hills beat San Bernardino 45-28 to start the day, and beat California School for the Deaf Riverside 67-6 in the semifinals. The Knights lost to top seed Mira Costa 58-15 in the final.
Isaiah Hinojosa at 126 pounds, Jerry Vargas at 152 pounds and Orlando Ortega at 220 pounds all won all three of their matches.
Next up for the Knights will be the CIF individual meet at Temecula Valley on February 20-21. The Knight have a representative in 12 of the 14 wight classes.
On the girls’ side, freshman Caitlin Cardenas finished third at CIF meet in Upland to qualify for the girls’ championships Friday and Saturday at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Corona. The 116-pounder is the first Shadow Hills girls’ wrestler to advance to the championship meet.
California Winter League
Alberta Grizzly 3, Palm Springs Power 3: The Grizzly’s Kelton Caldwell and the Power’s Victor Ferrante each hit solo home runs, but the game ended in a tie. The Grizzly are the No. 7 seed with a 6-7-2 record, while the Power at 10-4-1 secured the No. 2 seed and will play on Friday.
Oregon Lumberjacks 9, Washington Blue Sox 1: The Blue Sox Reggie Lawson hit a solo home run, but the Jacks scored five in the third, including a solo HR by Brad Gerig. They vaulted into third in the standings with a 6-5-3 record, while the Blue Sox fell to 4-8-2 and last in the standings.
Toronto Rush 4, Palm Springs Chill 3: . The Rush went ahead 2-0 early and had a chance to blow the game wide open, but Manny Gasper lined into the first triple play ever in CWL history. The Rush won on a walk-off error when Tyler Caserta hit a grounder to shortstop to bring home Gasper from third. The Rush improved to 7-8 and earned a top 6 seed to play Friday, while the Chill fell to 5-9-1.
Coachella Valley Snowbirds 7, BC Bombers 1: The Snowbirds scored five runs in the second inning and didn’t look back. Birds starter Kyle Redinger pitched four scoreless innings. The Snowbirds (6-9) are the No. 8 seed, while the Bombers (7-7-1) fell to fourth.
Midwest Haymakers 12, Canada A’s 1: The Haymakers scored 12 runs on 12 hits. Brandon Tierney had a two-run triple, while Conner McCain had three hits. Starter James Threw allowed one run in four innings. The Haymakers finished 7-8 after starting 0-6, while the A’s dropped to 11-4.
Playoff schedule: After an off day for workouts Wednesday, the playoffs start at Palm Springs Stadium on Thursday. Games are No. 7 seed Alberta Grizzly vs the No. 10 seed Washington Blue Sox at 10 a.m., and No. 8 seed Coachella Valley Snowbirds vs. No. 9 seed Palm Springs Chill at 12:30 pm.
Thursday is out-of-towner’s day at Palm Springs Stadium, which includes $2 admission for all fans with an out of state ID.