The Palm Desert High School baseball team appeared in the No. 3 spot on the preseason Division 3 poll, which was released by the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section office on Monday.
La Quinta High starts the season at No. 9 in the poll. Rounding out the top three, Redondo Union opens the season No. 1 and Walnut is in the No. 2 spot.
Desert Christian Academy will start the season ranked No. 6 in the Division 6 poll. In softball, Shadow Hills High opens up at No. 9 in the Division 6 poll.
The baseball and softball seasons will begin this week.
College of the Desert played in its first six-team PAC Conference tournament of the season and took first place with a team score of 361 Spring Valley Country Club in Victorville. Mt. San Jacinto finished second with a 370. Ryan Emery and Carson Spooner led the Roadrunners with rounds of 69, followed by Michael Starbuck, who shot a 72. Nicholas Beeken had a 75, and Mike Schaloum had a 76.
Palm Springs 15, Yucaipa 3: Michael Cabacungan swept three sets (6-0, 6-0, 6-0) to lead the Indians in their season opener. Marcel Calixto won (6-2, 7-5, 6-4) and Miguel Lopez won 6-2, 6-3 in singles, and Palm Springs also won seven sets in doubles. Will Donovan and Cameron Koehler won (6-1, 7-5, 6-1), Riley Barnett and Gibby Campbell won, 7-5, Ben Goehring and Julio Bojorquez won, 6-3, and Barnett also won with Garo Mazmanian, 6-0, and Enrique Gutierrez, 6-3.
After an impressive weekend for local wrestlers that include one team CIF title and six individual CIF winners, the Coachella Valley will be well-represented in this weekend’s CIF Masters Meet held at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario on Friday and Saturday.
In all, 19 athletes from the valley clinched spots for the meet in hopes of qualifying for the CIF state meet held in Bakersfield March 4-5. Palm Desert landed nine wrestlers in this weekend’s meet, which led to the team’s first CIF title. Shadow Hills, who won the CIF team dual title two weeks ago, will send four, followed by three from La Quinta, two from Rancho Mirage and one from Desert Mirage.
Alternates from Palm Desert, La Quinta and Rancho Mirage (one each) may have a chance to compete on Friday as well. The full list of valley qualifiers is below:
Gabriel Felix, Shadow Hills (5th, Inland)
Isaiah Hinojosa, Shadow Hills (3rd, Inland)
Chase Overgaag, Palm Desert (4th, Central)
Joel Avila, La Quinta (1st, Central)
Eric Santana, Palm Desert (2nd, Central)
Trevor Dalskov, Palm Desert (2nd, Central)
Jacob Tessandore, Shadow Hills (4th, Inland)
Devon Purdy, Rancho Mirage (1st, Inland)
Reece Galvan, Palm Desert (2nd, Central)
Billy Weaver, Palm Desert (1st, Central)
Zaid Ramirez, Rancho Mirage (alternate)
Troy Mantanona, Palm Desert (3rd, Central)
Jacob Arellano, La Quinta (4th, Central)
Joseph Valdez, La Quinta (1st, Central)
Brandon Claiborne, Palm Desert (1st, Central)
Tommy Rojas, Shadow Hills (5th, Inland)
Jacob Souza, La Quinta (alternate)
Anthony Mantanona, Palm Desert (1st, Central)
Cameron Van Dyke, Palm Desert (alternate)
Jesus Angel, Desert Mirage (5th, Inland)
Gabe Herrera, Palm Desert (3rd, Central)
Travis O’Brien, Rancho Mirage (5th, Inland)