Several months after their last competitive downs for their schools, several of the Coachella Valley’s top senior football players will have one last shot to put their skills on display locally in Sunday’s inaugural Senior Bowl, set to kickoff Sunday at 5 p.m. at College of the Desert.
Tickets for Sunday’s game to watch 48 of the valley’s top seniors in action will cost $5.
The East and West teams are made up of a mix of players from 10 of the valley’s 11 schools in the Desert Valley League and the De Anza League, including multiple All-CIF talents from the past two years.
Palm Springs senior Will Olvera will quarterback the West team after his CIF title he won with the Indians in 2014 and the pair of All-CIF rosters he made as a junior and senior. Olvera will be handing off to Shadow Hills’ Tony Williams, who’s been one of the top rushers in the valley for the past two seasons, including an All-CIF performance in 2014.
Coachella Valley’s Darius Hulsey with take snaps for the East team, handing off to Indio rival Sean Cunningham in the backfield with the Moreno brothers, Andrew and Alex of Desert Hot Springs, as two of his receiving targets.
The East team’s defense is headed by Palm Desert’ Tommy Jacobson, who was named the DVL Defensive MVP after helping lead the Aztecs to the CIF Southern Section Eastern Division semifinals before garnering an All-CIF spot in 2015.
Some of the valley’s top seniors already committed to play football in college are missing from the East and West rosters, including Tayler Hawkins (San Diego State), Tyler Hawkins (Sacramento State), Trenton Thompson (San Diego State), Will Emmett (Humboldt State) and Michael Avina (Whittier).
Indio 20, Desert Hot Springs 4: The Rajahs rode the big bat of Daniel Torres who had two home runs, three runs scored, four RBIs and a stolen base. Mike Munoz was 4-for-5 with five runs scored and an RBI. Dominic Huerta had three hits and three runs and Fernando Cordova, Ricardo Torres, Edgar Chiquito and Cipriano Rivera all had two hits. Cordova picked up the win striking out five.
Indio (5-3) open league play Tuesday at home against Xavier Prep.
Palm Desert 11, Shadow Hills 5: The Aztecs won their fourth game in-a-row as Trinity Villa picked up the win and went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Bayley Gonzalez was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Emily Hagar went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and 3 RBIs. Shawna Aguerrebere had two hits and an RBI and Jamiana Gateb hit her fifth homer of the season. The Aztecs (4-3) play Jesuit from Oregon in a doubleheader on Tuesday at Palm Desert.
CV-Rancho Mirage split doubleheader: Rancho Mirage won the opener 4-1, but the Arabs took the second game 11-1.
In Game 2 for the Arabs, Vanessa Madera was 3-for-4 with three runs and two doubles. Daisy Rodriguez had two doubles and Alex Espinosa had two hits and two RBIs. Desiree Rodriguez earned the victory.
CV (9-5) plays Monday at home against Jesuit High School of Oregon.
Indio sweeps Twentynine Palms: The Rajahs dominated Twentynine Palms winning the opener 13-0 and the nightcap 20-0.
In Game 1, Megan Berrelleza was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two doubles and got the win, striking out 10. Aarinki Muhammad was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Sabrina Carmona had two hits and three runs scored and Marlisa Berrelleza also had two hits.
In Game 2, Karina Zavala-Corona had three runs a triple and a double. Megan Berrelleza was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two doubles and sister Marlisa had two hits and two RBIs. Julianna Dominguez had a pair of hits and Serenity Pugal had two hits and three RBIs. Areli Moreno got the win with seven strikeouts.
Track and field
Shadow Hills at Cougar Classic in Beaumont: The Knights’ girls scored 30 points with Nyah Chavez having a hand in 26 of them. She won the 1,600 (5:15.48) and the 3,200 (12:04.64), while placing third in the 800 (2:27.28). In all three she lowered her own school record. The Knights took 10th out of 27 teams. On the boys’ side, the Knights finished 14th out of 29 teams.
La Quinta at Cougar Classic: The Blackhawks’ girls took third place out of 32 teams with Sandra Flores winning the 800 meters (2:21.29) and finishing second in the 1,600 meters (5:16.85).
The boys’ team took sixth with four medals and a meet record in the 1,600-meter relay. The team of Koty Burton, Casey Cruz, Justin Mahaffey and Teddy Jones set the new meet record in 3:24.63.
Burton also won the 110-meter hurdles (14.72) and 400 meters (49.40) to continue his hot start to the season. Cruz finished second in the 800 meters in 1:58.98.
The Blackhawks travel to Indio on Thursday and Mt. Carmel on Saturday.
Xavier Prep at Cougar Classic: The Saints had standout performances from Jah Strange who took first place in the triple jump, setting a new meet record with a mark of 47-feet, 3 inches. Strange also took fourth in the long jump with a leap of 20-9.
Hunter Congress placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 42-3.
Palm Springs at Cougar Classic: The boys’ varsity took sixth out of 24 teams, the girls’ varsity took seventh out of 22 teams. The frosh-soph girls’ team took first place out of 23 teams and the frosh-soph boys’ team was third out of 24.