With the help of sweeping the throwing events and all three distance events, the boys Shadow Hills track and field team defeated Yucca Valley 82-45 Wednesday, and in turn secured the team’s first De Anza League Championship in school history.
Senior Jalen Morgan swept both the shot put and the discus, and Noah Brown also was a two-event winner, taking first in the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles. Isaiah Gonzalez (1600), Schyver Christian (800) and Alejandro Grant (3200) led the charge in the distance events, and Jerry Ramirez also won the 200.
The girls team didn’t fare as lucky, falling to Yucca Valley 82-44, despite Leyah Toland winning both the 400 (1:05.49) and the 200 (28.78). Caryn Ramirez improved her school record in the long jump (15-4), Gabrielle Esquivel won the 800 (2:44.8) and Julie Rodriguez took first in the shot put (26-11.5)
The Shadow Hills boys team (7-0, 6-0 in De Anza) and the girls team (3-4, 3-3) both compete next on May 7 when they host the De Anza League Finals.
Shadow Hills 120.5, Yucca Valley 49.5: Eduardo Arce, Josh Purificacion, Tyler Jarrett and Justin Carbajal led the Knights to a dual meet victory, and in turn, an undefeated De Anza League season and the League title.
Arce (200 freestyle and 100 freestyle), Purificacion (200 IM and 100 breast stroke), Jarrett (50 freestyle and 100 back stroke) and Carbajal (100 butterfly and 500 freestyle) each won two individual events each. The Knights also won the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Both teams will compete next Wednesday in the De Anza League Finals at Desert Mirage High School at 2 p.m.
Shadow Hills 102, Yucca Valley 70: Ramsie Haskell led the Knights to another De Anza League victory in the team’s final League meet of the season, as they finished second (7-2, 5-1 in De Anza).
Haskell took first in both the 200 freestyle and 50 freestyle, and she also led both the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay teams who took first as well. The Knights won all but one individual event (the 500 freestyle), and Yucca Valley also took the 400 freestyle relay.
Both teams will compete next on Wednesday in the De Anza League Finals at Desert Mirage High School at 2 p.m.
Xavier Prep 201, Palm Springs 254: Saint Leo Hsiang took low medalist in Wednesday’s dual meet against the Indians with a round of 36. Will McMahon led Palm Springs while carding a 39.
The Saints (7-12, 3-8 in DVL) head next to Indian Canyon North Thursday at 3:15 p.m. with a match against Cathedral City.
Coachella Valley 234, Desert Hot Springs 301: The Arabs were led by Juan Torres, who carded a 42 and was low medalist in the afternoon’s match. Following Torres was Francisco Velazquez (47), Robert Rodriguez (47) and Izaiha Lucas (48). Alex Serrano led Desert Hot Springs with a 49.
Coachella Valley plays next Thursday against Indio at Indian Palms Country Club at 3 p.m.
Desert Chapel 254, Palm Valley 270: Aaron Corey finished low medalist in a dual match at Mission Hills on the Pete Dye Challenge Course with a score of 38, followed by Garrett Pena (49) and Joey Spoelder (50). Connoer Morley (43) led Palm Valley.
Desert Chapel finished the season 4-9, and Corey will head next to play in the Victory League Individual Tournament Monday at Bermuda Dunes Country Club.
Shadow Hills 8, Rancho Mirage 5: Darian Beck and Sean Roby split time on the mound for the Knights as they managed to stay perfect in De Anza League play. Beck pitched four innings, giving up four walks, four hits and one earned run. Roby pitched three innings, giving up four hits, three walks and an earned run.
At the plate, kevin Morden led Shadow Hills with three hits, while hitting in a run, scoring two runs of his own and stealing two bases. Nathan Tiaga and Alex Bejjani each had two hits, both scoring a run, and Bejjani added two RBIs.
The Knights (14-9, 8-0 in De Anza) play next against Desert Mirage Friday at 3:30 p.m. at home.
Shadow Hills 3, Rancho Mirage 1: Caitlyn Whiteside picked up a win on the mound for the Knights while striking out nine batters, while helping herself out at the plate, going 2 for 3.
Also helping out at the plate for Shadow Hills were Ayanna Murphy and Megan Berrelleza who both knocked two hits.
The Knights (15-8, 8-0 in De Anza) play next at home against Desert Mirage Friday at 3:30 p.m.
Rancho Mirage 15, Desert Hot Springs 3: Leading the way in singles for Rancho Mirage was the trio of Umrith Bajaj, Ismael Cuevas and Daniel Whelan, who all three won each of their sets 6-0. The doubles tandems of Marco Giron and Javier Campos, and Alex Arias and Juan Felix also both won all three of their sets.
Rancho Mirage is now 13-1 heading into De Anza League Finals and the CIF playoffs.
Boys track and field
Desert Mirage 64, Twentynine Palms 59: Melvin Harmon won three individual events and led the 4×100 meter relay team to victory in the Rams’ dual meet win.
Harmon took titles in the 100 (11.5 seconds), the 200 (23.58) and the high jump.
Other event winners for Desert Mirage included Charlie Ortiz (long jump, 18-8) and Roberto Ramirez (3200, 11:17).