Palm Desert High School fell from its No. 3 spot in the Division 9 football poll on Monday, three days after a brutal 56-0 loss to Yucaipa on the road. The Aztecs fell outside of the top 10, but still garnered mention in the poll under “others.”
Palm Desert’s fall was the biggest among teams from the Coachella Valley when the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section released its latest polls for cross country, football, volleyball and tennis.
Coachella Valley, on the other hand, jumped from No. 8 in the Division 11 poll to No. 2 after a 28-10 win at Central on Friday. The Arabs narrowly defeated Palm Desert two weeks ago, on a 2-point conversion with 19 seconds remaining. Twentynine Palms fell from No. 6 to No. 9 in Division 11, after a home loss to Xavier Prep last week.
Despite narrowly losing to La Quinta, a Division 5 team, by a touchdown on the road, Rancho Mirage fell from No. 4 to No. 7 in the Division 12 poll. Instead of impressing voters by competing with a local powerhouse, the loss appears to have hurt the Rattlers, at least in the poll.
In girls’ volleyball, Palm Desert is ranked No. 8 in Division 4, Xavier prep is No. 7 in Division 5, and La Quinta was also recognized under “others” in the same poll.
Palm Desert 217, Redlands 311: Dana Condon shot a low score round of 39, Madison Roncon was one stroke back with a 40, and Madison Walker finished with a 42 for the Aztecs, who cruised at Tukwet Golf Club. Lily Rodriguez shot a 46, Jasmine Owings had a 50 and Madeline Jones a 51.
Palm Desert will play next against Shadow Hills at Desert Willow on Tuesday.
Xavier Prep 13, Palm Springs 5: Bryana Quintana swept three sets (6-4, 6-0, 6-3) and Tiana Jadulang won both her sets (6-0, 6-0) as Xavier Prep defeated Palm Springs in a Desert Valley League match. Carolina Stack also won a match for the Saints.
Palm Springs was led by the doubles team of Julia Way and Madison Heckman, who won their three sets, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, and Fernanda Gonzalez and Marni McDowell, who won, 6-1, 6-2. Gonzalez also won a set with Leah Dreisbach, and Gilian Berg and Sophia Caridi also won a set, 6-4.