La Quinta High School got six goals from Hunter Olivier and four from Natalie Hampton in a critical win over Desert Valley League rival Xavier Prep on Monday.
Brooke Smith, Ariel Carter, Savannah Hampton and Hailey Rudisill also scored for the Blackhawks, who have established some momentum heading into the final stretch of the season.
Xavier Prep was led by Jillian Barbato, who played well, scoring three goals for the Saints. Kyndall Russell, Blair Burlingame and Camille Dervieux also scored in the game.
La Quinta will face Palm Desert for the DVL title at home at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Palm Desert 7, Palm Springs 3: Elise Stein, Sarah Nichols, Alissa Clyde, Shanna Heller, Cassie Bija, Samantha Stein and Savannah Clyde all scored and goalies Savannah Clyde and Abree McCabe had six and four saves, respectively, for the Aztecs.
Rancho Mirage 3, Twentynine Palms 1: Wildcats sophomore Rhyen Smith scored early in the second half on an assist from Sam Eggers to tie the game through 70 minutes before two late goals by Rancho Mirage sealed it over the weekend. Wildcats goalkeeper KJ Morton recorded 14 saves in the loss.
Desert Christian Academy 3, Upland Christian Academy 2: In a battle of two teams sitting atop their respective league standings, DCA’s Cade Burt, Jake Bazua and Scott Jones each scored for the Conquerors in victory. Casey Harrell and Davis Jensen had assists, and Jones scored on an intercepted pass for the late game winner. DCA goalie Matthew Goodwyn had 10 saves for the Conquerors (14-8-1), who host Palm Valley on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in their final league match of the season.
Yucca Valley 4, Twentynine Palms 1: Junior Ryan Stowers assisted Rhyen Smith on the lone goal in the first half for the Wildcats in the loss.
Shadow Hills 62, Desert Mirage 26: Shadow Hills ended a four game skid on Senior Night as freshman Dominique Urbina set another career high with 29 points. She also added seven rebounds, six steals and five assists. Melissa Martinez had 16 points and 19 rebounds. Natalia Johnson added seven points, eight rebounds and three steals. Torri Osgood had five points and 12 rebounds
Shadow Hills (13-9, 7-4) plays at Desert Hot Springs at 6 p.m. Friday.
Desert Mirage 3, Desert Hot Springs 1: The Rams won at DHS for the first time in school history, and with one more win they can make the playoffs for the first time in school history. Kaisy Cordova had two goals assisted by Jacqueline Gatica and Maria Gonzalez, Linda Diaz scored a 30 yard direct kick.
COD golf: College of the Desert men’s golf finished first out of nine teams in Monday’s Victor Valley Pneumonia Invitational, a better-ball event featuring three teams of two players from each team. With a team score of 201, Kenzo Vlassaks and Blaine Baker finished with a 66, Ryan Emery and Michael Starbuck a 67, and Michael Schaloum and Sam Jackson a 68 for the Roadrunners.
California Winter League
With just two days left in the 2016 California Winter League season the battle for positioning atop the league standings is heating up with the Manitoba North Stars, Canada A’s, Toronto Rush, and New York Colonials all separated by just a single game at the start of the day’s action.
Toronto 6, British Columbia 1: With a win, the Rush (10-4) would move a half game ahead of the Canada A’s for sole possession of second place, and could possibly move them into first place pending the result of Manitoba’s ballgame later in the afternoon.The game got underway with a bang as Pete Leonello smacked a base hit to center before coming around to score on Blake Marchant’s RBI single to give the Bombers (4-9-1) a 1-0 lead. This would prove to be the high point for the Bombers, as the Rush would score two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first to take the lead 2-1, and starter Seth Powers would recover from his early struggles to allow just one hit over the next four innings while striking out six Bombers.
New York 7, Palm Springs Power 0: Needing a win to stay alive in the hunt for a first round playoff bye, the Colonials (8-4-1) turned to their ace, Tanner Kiest, who delivered a dominant performance over six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out ten Power (6-7) batters. On the offensive side, Joe Jensen drove in three runs on the day, while every Colonial starter reached base at least once. Brian Wiest relived Kiest and pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the save.
Palm Springs Chill 4, Washington 4: Like the Colonials, the Palm Springs Chill (7-4-2) needed a strong performance from their ace Ryan Strombom in order to keep themselves within striking distance of the crucial second seed. In the early going it seemed like the Chill would carry the day, as their offense scored four times in the first inning against Washington Blue Sox starter Kevin Nutley –thanks in part to Devin Alexander’s two-run double. These would prove to be the only Chill runs of the ballgame, as Nutley righted the ship with a scoreless second, and three Sox relievers –Kenny Knudsen, TJ Whidby, and Luke Barker– combined to allow just a single Chill baserunner the rest of the way.
Alberta 4, Midwest 3: In what was perhaps the day’s most exciting finish, recent San Rafael Pacifics signee Kyle Adie hit a two run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Alberta Grizzly (7-5-1) to a walk off victory over the Midwest Haymakers. With the game tied at a run apiece, the Haymakers scored two in the fifth thanks to RBIs from Ryan Gerber and Sheehan Planas-Arteaga, and led 3-1 into the seventh. After a leadoff walk to Brett Huffman, Brian Fay smashed a double to put the tying runs on second and third. Haymakers manager Gabe Suarez then ordered his pitcher Jashawn McDaniel to walk Tyler Gurman intentionally to load the bases. McDaniel then struck out the next batter, but allowed an RBI single to Tanner Oymaian which set the stage for Kyle Adie, who cashed in the final two runs of the ballgame for the Grizzly with a single up the middle.
Oregon 8, Manitoba 4: Jordan Runcie-Hubbard led the charge for the ‘Jacks, going 4-for-4 with a triple and four runs scored on the day, while Brendan Remalia contributed a hit and an RBI to push his team leading batting average to .381. For the North Stars, Dakota Freese struck out six over six gritty innings as the hard luck loser, and Victor Barron launched his league-leading fourth home run, a towering blast in the seventh that cut the Oregon lead to 8-4. The loss pushes Manitoba out of first place for the first time in over a week, as they now trail Toronto Rush by half a game heading into the season’s final day.
The California Winter League continues on Tuesday with the final day of the regular season. First up will be Manitoba North Stars vs the Coachella Valley Snowbirds, followed by the Palm Deserts Coyotes and Palm Springs Chill at noon, and the Midwest Haymakers and Palm Springs Power at 2:30 p.m. It will be Two-for-Tuesday, including $2 admission, $2 hot dogs, $2 soft drinks, and $2 beer.