VALLEY: Rancho Mirage girls fall in first playoff game

VALLEY: Rancho Mirage girls fall in first playoff game


VALLEY: Rancho Mirage girls fall in first playoff game


Playing in its first playoff game in school history, Rancho Mirage High School’s girls’ soccer team was eliminated from the CIF-SS Division 7 playoffs on penalty kicks Tuesday.

The Rattlers got on the scoreboard first with a team goal, while holding Thacher High scoreless for all but the final four minutes of regulation in Ojai. The Toads managed to slip the goal past the back line of the Rancho Mirage defense, which had played brilliantly all night, head coach Garrett Estrin said.

“The defense played great tonight,” Estrin said. “Especially our goalie, Jasmin Delgado. They were solid, and kept us in the game.”

Both teams made three of five penalty kicks to force a second overtime, which consisted of single penalty kicks. Each team made their first, and Thacher made its second when the ball hit the left goal post and barely bounced across the goal line. The Rattlers then missed their goal, with the ball hitting the crossbar and bouncing down and out.

The game will go down as a tie in the record books, but Thacher will move on in the postseason.

“It was literally a game of inches,” Estrin said, “as it is in most sports.”

Estrin was able to see past that and see the silver lining. Not a single senior played for the Rattlers during their first varsity season, and instead three freshmen started with two juniors and a host of sophomores.

“The future is bright,” Estrin said, “but that doesn’t make this loss any easier for the girls.”

Girls’ soccer

Desert Hot Springs 1, Ramona Convent 0: Stephanie Vargas scored the lone goal of the game near the 50th minute to send the Golden Eagles to the next round of the CIF-SS Division 7 playoffs. Desert Hot Springs will play on Thursday at Pomona.

Cathedral City 2, Covina 0: Alinah Espinoza scored for the second time in as many games, and Rachel Wright put the game out of reach for the Lions, which advanced with a wild card win Tuesday. Cathedral City will play at Hemet next, in a rematch of a first-round game from last year that Hemet won.

Girls’ water polo

Xavier Prep 10, Chino 5: Kate Stenmoen led the Saints with seven goals to pick up a wild-card victory. Adriana Fazio scored twice and Blair Burlingame had the other goal.

The Saints advance to the main draw today when they will play at Redlands East Valley at 3:30 p.m. today.

College tennis

College of the Desert 9, Imperial Valley 0: The Roadrunners improved to 4-0 with a blanking of Imperial Valley at the College of the Desert court.

Singles winners in straight sets for COD were Sam Choen, Felipe Fuentes, Shaimon Murikami, David Bensoussan, Pablo Blasco and Mathias Zafatle, with Choen, Feuntes and Zafatle not losing a single game.

In doubles, Choen and Fuentes combined for a 6-0, 6-0 win, while Murikami and Beusaoussan won 8-1 in the pro-style set. Balsco and Zafatle won 8-1.

COD will travel to San Diego to take on San Diego Mesa on Thursday.

College baseball

Cypress 23, COD 1: Colton McCluskey went 2 for 4 with an RBI double for COD. Dax Roerig was 2 for 4, and Cole Danielson added a hit. COD visits Palomar on Thursday.

Junior tennis

At the Moore Tennis Academy Jr. Open, La Quinta’s Kylee Shannon swept Jordan Hickey (6-1, 6-2) and La Quinta’s Eduardo Gonzalez had an 8-5 win over Ben Jorgansen in the 14s singles.

Singles finalists were Brad Cummins (Rancho Mirage) in the 18s and Michael Cabacungan (Cathedral City) in the 14s.

Doubles teams earning a win were Ellery Bohrmann (Indio) / Jenna McDonald (PD), K. Shannon / Jordan Hickey, Emunah Daffon (Palm Springs) / Makai Quintana (La Quinta), Katie Rapp (Rancho Mirage) / Jake Pressler (Rancho Mirage) and Andrew Alvarez (Indio) / Travis Pimentel.

Baseball meeting

Fairly to speak: Ron Fairly, who spent 48 years in the major leagues as a player and broadcaster, will be the guest speaker at the next monthly Hot Stove Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Palm Valley Country Club.

Fairly, an Indian Wells resident, spent 12 of his 21 playing seasons with the Dodgers and 14 of his broadcasting years with the Seattle Mariners.

The Hot Stove luncheon, which focuses on all things baseball, is open to the public. Contact Pete Donovan at

High school football

The Palm Desert High School football program is looking for a new junior varsity head coach and lower level assistants for the 2015 season. If interested, please contact varsity head coach Pat Blackburn at


(Note: All soccer games begin at 3 p.m., all water polo games begin at 5 p.m. and all basketball games begin at 7 p.m. unless both schools agree to a change)


Boys’ basketball

Fullerton at Palm Springs

El Monte at Palm Desert

Indio at La Sierra

Cathedral City at Don Lugo

Bishop Amat at Shadow Hills

Banning at Rancho Mirage

Faith Baptist at Desert Christian Academy

St. Monica Acad. at West Shores (5 p.m.)

Water polo

Citrus Valley at Palm Desert

La Quinta at Los Altos (4 p.m.)

Xavier Prep at Redlands East Valley (3:30 p.m.)

Boys’ soccer

Palm Desert at Summit (3 p.m.)


Girls’ basketball

Don Lugo at Indio

Sultana at Palm Springs

Northwood at Desert Hot Springs

Shadow Hills at La Canada

Cathedral City at Burroughs

Desert Christian Academy at Lucerne Valley

Palm Valley at Baker Valley

Girls’ soccer

Citrus Hill OR Western Christian at La Quinta

Xavier Prep at Estancia (5 p.m.)

California at Palm Desert

Providence OR St. Mary’s at Shadow Hills

Desert Hot Springs at Pomona

Cathedral City at Hemet


Boys’ basketball

Santiago at La Quinta

Boys’ soccer

Trabuco Hills at La Quinta

Palm Springs at California

Coachella Valley at Cabrillo

Rancho Mirage at Arrowhead Christian

Shadow Hills at Flintridge Prep

Nogales at Desert Mirage

Hamilton at Desert Christian Academy

Desert Chapel at La Sierra Acad.

Excelsior OR Mojave at West Shores


Girls’ basketball

La Quinta at Warren


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