The Rancho Mirage High School boy’s basketball team lost for the first time last week, ending a streak of 30 consecutive wins — believed to be the longest in the history of Coachella Valley boys’ basketball.
But in spite of the loss, the season will continue for the Rattlers, who received an At-Large berth into the Division 4 Southern Regional of the state of California basketball tournament.
The Rattlers (30-1) will play on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at an undetermined location. The full schedule will be released Sunday on the CIF Southern Section website.
Rancho Mirage was one of eight Southern Section teams to be selected, along with three from the Central Section, three from the San Diego Section and two from the Los Angeles City Section.
Shadow Hills 6, Rancho Verde 1: Fernando Rojas struck out six and allowed five hits in four innings, and Sean Roby batted 2-for-3 with a home run and a pair of RBIs and runs to lead the Knights.
Alex Lopez batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs and a stolen base, and Alex Bejjani was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI as well. Kyle Moe pitched three relief innings, allowing no earned runs and one hit.
West Valley 3, Palm Springs 1: Daniel Olvera and Addison Degollado each went 1-for-3 as the Indians feel to West Valley in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament on Monday. Palm Springs played net at Chino Hills on Wednesday at 3:15 p.m.
La Quinta 5, Canyon Springs 4: Joel Osuna batted 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, Jeremy Gleason went 2-for-4 and Garrett Fisher was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Blackhawks, who play next against Cajon at home.
La Quinta 7, Oak Hills 7: The Blackhawks opened their season over the weekend with a tied to Oak Hills as a part of the RBI Redlands Tournament. Frank Silva batted 2-for-4 with four RBIs to lead La Quinta, and Trey Ladner was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Vista Murrieta 7, Palm Desert 1: Jon Mejia knocked in the only run for the Aztecs with an RBI triple, and Jeremiah Estrada gave up five hits and three earned runs with four strikeouts in the loss.
Vista Murrieta 8, Palm Desert 0: Poor defense again hurt the Aztecs in the second game of a double-header over the weekend. Izayah Alvarez led the hitting with two hits, including one triple. Marcelo Terrazas pitched six innings, allowing earned three runs.
Palm Springs 15, Shadow Hills 3: Miguel Lopez led the Indians with three wins (6-0, 6-1, 6-3), Marcelo Calixto won, 6-1, 6-0, and Ben Goehring won, 6-4. The team of Will Donovan and Cameron Koehler and the team of Riley Barnett and Gibby Campbell each won three sets in doubles, and Garo Mazmanian and Enrique Gutierrez won two for the Indians, who moved to 4-0 on the season. They play against Coachella Valley at PGA West on Tuesday.
Rancho Mirage 17, Indio 1: Luis Velazquez won three sets, Daniel Whelan won two, and Ismael Cuevas and Jagger Orta also picked up a set in singles for the Rattlers. In doubles play, the teams of Marco Giron/Javier Campos, Alex Arias/Juan Felix and Ivan Chan-Hernandez/Steven Martinez each won a pair of sets. Alexis Magana/Julien Parks, Jake Orta/Tanner Williams and JohnAranda/Arturo Morales added one set apiece.
The College of the Desert mens’ golf team finished third in the 12-team Riverside Invitational, with a team score of 377. Ryan Emery led the Roadrunners with a round of 71. Mike Schaloum shot a 72, Michael Starbuck a 75, Kenzo Vlassaks a 77 and Carson Spooner and Nicolas Beeken both finished with an 82.
COD travels to Santa Barbara next to pay in a 36-hole invitational.
On Monday, Palm Desert High School kicked off its golf season winning the 14th annual Ayala Spring Classic at the Los Serranos Country Club North Course, beating out 23 other teams.
Jake Vincent and Charlie Reiter, each of whom shot a 71, led the Aztecs. Casey Scott shot a 73, Chase Cadwallader a 75, Derrick Liu a 77 and Ben Lewis an 80.
La Quinta finished ninth out of 16 teams in the Riverside Cup, hosted by Martin Luther King High School at Canyon Crest Club with a team score of 422. The Blackhawks were led by Grand Calender, who shot s round of 74. Nick Conoway shot an 83 and Isaac Calderon shot an 86.
Track and Field
Sandra Flores finished first in the 800 meters run with a time of two minutes and 21.29 seconds for La Quinta High School at the Saddle Up Invite over the weekend. Other results:
- Alyssa Ortiz finished in sixth place in the discus: 99 feet.
- Camyrn Price finished in second place in the discus: 106-feet-1.
- Flores placed fifth in the 1600 meters, with a time of 5 minutes, 21.98 seconds.
- The girls’ 4 x 400 relay team (Vanessa Ramirez, Kaitlyn Jackson, Bre Polk, Skyla Curtis) took fourth with a time of four minutes and 20.23 seconds.
- Justin Mahaffey took sixth in the 400 meters with a time of 52.49 seconds.
- The 4 x 100 relay team (Nick Harris, Justin Mahaffey, Garrett Ferguson, Alphonso Nelson) took fourth with a time of 45.53 seconds.
- The other 4 x 400 relay team (Teddy Jones, Garrett Ferguson, Justin Mahaffey, Casey Cruz) took fifth with a time of three minutes and 35.31 seconds.
- Casey Cruz took fifth in the 800 meters with a time of two minutes and 4.46 seconds.
- Ivan Esquivel took fifth in the 3200 meters with a time of 10 minutes and 32.30 seconds.
Palm Springs took second out of nine teams in the girls’ events, and Shadow Hills took second of nine teams in the boys’ events at the Palm Springs Relays over the weekend.
Tayler Hawkins won the 100 meters with a time of 11.44 seconds and the team of Hawkins, Domanick Murray, Cole Bolger-Cruz and Isaiah Scott won the 4×200 relay with a time of 1 minute, 34.40 seconds.
Jada McLean won 100 Hurdles in 16.87 seconds. Sprint Medley team of Tajana Hartwell, Hannah Wright, Maribel Wright, and Ashtyn Lyneis won in 2:06.74.
Palm Desert competed in Ontario’s Invitational on Saturday, returning as the defending champions. Because Palm Desert won the invitational last year, they were moved up two divisions and competed against Division 1 schools.
Regardless, the Aztecs still took home multiple medals. Darian LaSarte took third (11.73) in 100 meters and Hailey Murdica took second (12.67). Noel Hawkins placed third (17.07) in 110 Hurdles and second (44.75) in 300 meter Hurdles.
Shandrica Jackson, Jhada Wilson, Seline Schinke, and Hailey Murdica placed first (50.82) in the 4 x 100 and second in 4 x 200. Spencer Platamone, Jedidiah Jackson, Noah Urrutin, and Darian
Lasarte took third (1:37.29)in 4×200. Melissa Brown took third (32-08.50) in the triple jump. Nick Keuilian took third (19-09.00) in the long jump.
CIF PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Shadow Hills at Flintridge Prep, 3 p.m.
Covina at Desert Mirage, 5 p.m.
La Quinta at Oxnard, 3:15 p.m.