The La Quinta High School boys’ soccer team took back sole possession of the Desert Valley League on Monday night, defeating Indio High by the score of 2-0.
It was the de facto first place game in the DVL, as the winner has a clear advantage during the final two weeks of the regular season. The Blackhawks have a 7-1 record in the league, and the loss gives Indio a 7-2 record.
Indio (11-7-1 overall) had beaten La Quinta (12-5-3) last week for a monumental win for the program. But La Quinta, the defending CIF champions, came through with the win with the regular season league crown on the line.
Indio has three games remaining, and la Quinta has two before the postseason begins.
La Quinta 5, Indio 1: Jaylene Manion, Kailee Prescott, Lyndsey Knowles, Reanna Rivera and taylor Diyle each scored a goal for the Blackhawks, which rolled Monday. Tatiana Woodworth has a pair of assists and Devyn Utter, Rivera and Doyle added one each. Goalkeeper Isabella Beltran has the win, with two saves.
The Blackhawks are now 7-1 in league (10-6-6 overall) and have won seven of eight with four games remaining in the regular season. La Quinta is tied with Palm Desert for first place in the DVL standings.
Indio 61, Shadow Hills 40: Jazmyne Santiel again led Indio, with a near triple-double of 24 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and six steals. Her backcourt mate, Mounia Mkadmi added 12 points, four rebounds and four assists, D’Neesya Baxter had 10 points, Ariana Lopez had five, and Eva Rodriguez and Alanna Riddick each had four.
Indio is now 13-11 overall and still unbeaten at 9-0 in the DVL. The Lady Rajahs play next on Thursday at Palm Desert.
La Quinta 82, Indio 72: Pierce Sterling and Marcelo Zepeda each scored 20 for the Blackhawks, who improved to 7-1 with the win, and are in sole possession of first place in the DVL. The Blackhawks next play Coachella Valley on Tuesday.
William Thigpen had 26 points, Chritian Briceno had 28 for Indio in the loss.
Girls’ water polo
Shadow Hills 19, Arroyo valley 3: The Knights finished out the regular season with a decisive win at home, finishing with an 18-7 overall record. Gloria Flores scored seven goals, Ramsie Haskell had six and Lavin Benes added three.
California Winter League
Washington Blue Sox 2, defeat Canada A’s 0:The third week of the CWL started with what most people would consider to be a shocker. The Canada A’s – coming into the day as the 2nd overall seed in the standings – battled the Washington Blue Sox. The Blue Sox scored in the bottom of the 1st off of Kaleb Barlow’s RBI double. That would be all they needed as they shutout the A’s, who put up nine runs the previous day. The Blue Sox added another in the 4th to build a cushion, and won their second straight-game.
Alberta Grizzly 8, Palm Springs Chill 3:The morning game at the main field between the Alberta Grizzly and the Palm Springs Chill started as a pitchers duel. The Chill had one cross the plate in the 3rd inning and it stayed 1-0 going into the fifth. The Grizzly then rallied, having 13-of-14 batters reach base safely, tallying eight hits and 11 runs in the 5th frame. The Chill added two in the final inning, but ultimately lost big.
Coachella Valley Snowbirds 11, Palm Desert Coyotes 8: The Snowbirds, who came into today’s ballgame with one win on the season, had the big lead of 8-3 at the end of the third. Momentum shifted back and fourth from that point on, but in the end, the Coyotes’ 12 total hits were not enough. The Snowbirds, behind Nick Newell’s first home run of the season, poured on 11 runs.
Oregon Lumberjacks 3, Bay Area Bootleggers 2: The afternoon battle between the Oregon Lumberjacks and the Bay Area Bootleggers went down to the wire. The Jacks went up 1-0 in the top of the 3rd but the Bootleggers responded as Lucas Hunter crossed the plate for a score in the bottom half of the inning. Nathan Lewellyn knocked in an RBI single in the fourth to give Bay Area the lead heading into the 5th. Oregon then rose to the challenge when Taren Tani tied the ballgame with an RBI triple, and was then brought in for the go-ahead score off of Matt Burns’ single. The Bootleggers could only muster up one hit within their final nine outs, and ultimately lost a close contest.
Manitoba North Stars 6, New York Colonials 6. Victor Barron gave the North Stars a 5-4 lead with his third HR of the season, hitting a three-run bomb in the top of the 3rd. Alex Simone kept the power surge going by smacking a two-run shot in the bottom half of the frame. It stayed a 6-5 Colonial lead until the top of the 7th and final frame, as the North Stars manufactured the game-tying run after having the first three batters walk to load the bases. It went into the bottom of the 7th as a tie game and stayed that way as the Colonials were retired with the winning run stranded a second base.
CWL action continues tomorrow with the Toronto Rush (6-3) taking on the Palm Springs Power (4-4) at 10:00 a.m. at Palm Springs Stadium, followed by the Palm Desert Coyotes (5-3-1) versus the Washington Blue Sox (3-6) matchup at 12:30 p.m.
Tomorrow is also 2-for-Tuesday here at the ballpark. All general admission tickets are 2-for-1 along with $2 hot dogs, $2 sodas, and $2 draft beers (Bud and Bud Light) all day long.