The battle for the boys’ Desert Valley League title has been a too-close-to-call three-horse race all season, and on Thursday night it was the Aztecs with just enough of a closing kick to beat Xavier Prep.
Palm Desert edged the Saints 188-192 in windy conditions at The Classic Club.
The Aztecs had a balanced attack as Jake Vincent, Derrick Lui and Charlie Reiter each shot a 1-over 37. Casey Scott added a 38 and Ben Lewis carded a 39.
The Saints were led by match-medalist Bill Tseng with a 2-under 34. Shawn Tsai fired a 37 and he was followed by Leo Hsiang (39), Jack Solis (41) and Jay Chang (41).
Palm Desert improves to 6-1 in DVL play and the Saints suffered their second loss.
Rancho Mirage 232, Desert Mirage 291: Benny Leung led the Rattlers with a match medalist round of 43. Brandon Gonzalez and DJ Sailor each shot 45, Marcos Lopez added a 48 and Mauricio Alvarez had a 51. Jose Alvarez and Erme Vargas each shot 54 to lead the Rams.
Rancho Mirage record is 6-4 overall and 4-2 in De Anza play.
Boys’ track and field
La Quinta 106, Coachella Valley 21: The Blackhawks stayed unbeaten in DVL play with Nick Harris, Koty Burton and Ivan Esquivel each winning two events.
Harris won the 100 meters (10.96) and the 200 meters (22.53); Burton won the 110 hurdles (13.31) and 300 hurdles (37.99); Esquivel won the 1,600 (4:50) and the 3,200 (10:36). Garrett Ferguson won the 800 (2:08) and Justin Mahaffey won the 400 (53.52). The 400 relay team of Alphonso Nelson, Harris, Ferguson and George Zendejas also won in 45.15. In the field events, Alphonso Nelson won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 4 inches. Daniel Alexander won the triple jump (39-1), Marcus Burt won the high jump (6-0), Michael Garrett won the shot put (42-4) and Carter Cunningham won the discus (132-7). The meet closed with a 1,600 meter relay win behind Alexander, Mahaffey, Ferguson and Ceasar Rodriguez (3:30.48.24).
Xavier Prep 78, Palm Springs 49: The Saints remained perfect in DVL play with a win over the Indians. The Saints won the 1,600 relay in 3:34 behind Chris McElrath, Fisayo Omilana, David Stabile and Alex Rose. Stabile won the 1,600 in 4:48, Alex Rose won the 800 (2:07), Xavier Higholt (10:42) and Parker DeKlotz won the 300 hurdles (44.86). In the field events, Jah Strange won the triple jump (46-8) and the long jump (21-1½). McElrath won the high jump (5-6), Cesar Lopez won the shot put (45-9) and the discus (137-9).
In the losing effort for the Indians, Damion Lee set two school records with a 10.71 in the 100 meter and a 21.91 in the 200. Both records had been held by Jerome Burrell in 1995. Domanick Murray picked up a win in the 400 (51.19) and Andrew Clark won the 110 hurdles (16.14). The Indians won the 400 relay in 44.17 behind Tayler Hawkins, Cole Bolger Cruz, Murray and Lee.
Palm Desert 66, Cathedral City 61: For the Aztecs, Noel Hawkins placed first in the triple jump (36-11.5), second in the 110 hurdles and first in the 300 hurdles. Spencer Platamone took first in 100 and 200. Nick Keuilian placed first in the long jump (20-2.5) and second in the high jump (5-10). Darian LaSarte took first in the 400. Justin Kantowski placed second and third in the shot (41-2) and disc (103-5). Andres Beltran placed second and third in the disc (106-7.5) and shot put (37-11).
Girls’ track and field
La Quinta 100, Coachella Valley 27: The Blackhawks topped the Arabs to move to 3-0 behind three individual wins from Skyla Curtis in the 400 (1:03), the 100 hurdles (16.54) and the 300 hurdles (49.17). Alana Wilson won the 100 (11.73) and the 200 (25.06). Vanessa Ramirez won the 800 (2.32), Sandra Flores won the 1,600 (5:45) and Itzel Chaves won the 3,200 (12:59). The Blackhawks 400 relay team of Bre Polk, Kiara Jackson, Emma Rosillo and Aven LaMere won in 53.41. La Quinta also won the 1,600 relay behind Curtis, Vanessa Perez, Wilson and LaMere in 4:18. In the field events, Jackson won the long jump (14-1¼), Anessa Padron won the discus (101-3) and Kaitlyn Jackson won the high jump (4-10).
Palm Springs 88, Xavier Prep 39: Jackie Jordan sped the Indians to victory winning the 800 (2:44.26), 1,600 (6:02.93) and the 3,200 (12:58.30). McLean won the 100 hurdles (16.37) and the 300 hurdles (50.72), while Joanna Adams won the 400 (1:00.58), Lilliana Chalfant won the 200 (26.86) and Itzel Garduno won the 100 (12.93). Hannah Wright won the long jump (17-1½) and the triple jump (32-6) and Maribel Wright tied for first in the high jump (4-6). The Indians 400 relay team of Adams, Garduno, Ashtyn Lyneis and Dyana Miller won in 51.30, and the 1,600 relay team of Adams, Miller, McLean and Chalfant won in 4:15.47.
For the Saints, two school records were set in the throws as Cassidy Hill won the discus in 35-7½ and Romina Caipo won the discus (121-11).
Palm Springs 74, Cathedral City 53: For the Aztecs, Riley Arnson took first in the 1,600 and in the 800. Kira Leggat took first in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Hailey Murdica took first in the 100. Seline Schinke took first in high jump (4-10) and second in long jump (15-10). Melissa Brown took first in triple jump (33-10), second in high jump (4-8), and third in long jump.
Shadow Hills 2, Big Bear 1: Fernando Rojas pitched a gem, striking out 10 and yielding four hits to get the win. Alex Lopez had two hits and scored a run, while Sean Roby had a single, double and an RBI.
The Knights (11-5, 4-0) play at Rancho Mirage at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Palm Valley 10, Mesa Grande 0: Jacob Melcher pitched a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a five-inning victory. The Firebirds were led by Tyler Neighbors who had two hits and three RBIs at the plate. The Firebirds (4-6, 2-2) plays Desert Chapel on Tuesday.
Shadow Hills 23, Big Bear 0: The Knights’ bats were booming, racking up 20 hits. Ayanna Murphy hit for the cycle with three RBIs and four runs scored. Alexia Terrazas had three hits, two RBIs and three runs scored and Alyssa Rios had two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Jolee Pickowitz had two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored, and Kara Diaz had two hits and two runs. Murphy and Kerri Razo combined for the shutout.
Hemet 6, Palm Desert 5: The Aztecs lost a non-league nail-biter to Hemet. Palm Desert was led by Emily Hagar who went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Sydney Sprinkle was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Bayley Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Alyssa Velasquez added two runs scored. Palm Desert (5-7) hosts Cathedral City on Friday.
La Quinta 10, Indio 6: On Tuesday, the Blackhawks outmuscled the Rajahs as four different players had two hits in the win. Kiara Mendoza had a homer, a single and three RBIs. Lauren Robinson and Mia Olvera each had two hits, two runs and an RBI, while Kamryn Tiumalu had two doubles, a run and an RBI. Yasmin Nix belted a homer and three RBIs. Havana Zanesco added a double, a run and an RBI.
Mariah Estrada went the distance for the win, striking out eight and allowing three earned runs.
The Rajahs had a three-hit, four-RBI night from Marlissa Berreleza which included a double and a home run. Aariniki Muhammad also had a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. Arili Moreno was 3-for-3 and Megan Berrelleza had two hits.
Cathedral City 9, Coachella Valley 9: The Lions pulled out the win thanks to the tiebreaker edge in most games 80-64. Mark Vogt of Cathedral City swept all of his sets, as did the doubles team of Ivan Hernandez and Justin Frias.
The Lions (5-4 DVL) hosts Palm Desert on Tuesday.
La Quinta 119, Coachella Valley 41: In the loss for the Arabs, Roman Diaz won the 50 free and Cristian Robles took the 100 breaststroke. The 200 free relay team of Diaz, Robles, Eli Navarro and Gabriel Ruiz set a school record.
La Quinta 134, Coachella Valley 32: The Blackhawks picked up a DVL victory over the Arabs (Note: Only the score was reported).