Dylan VanBuskirk scored six goals and Noah Cain and Justin Carbajal scored three goals each as the Shadow Hills Knights won their quarterfinals CIF-Southern Section Division 7 boys’ water polo match on the road against Arroyo Valley.
The Knights are in the CIF playoffs for the first time and are now 2-0 in the post-season.
Armando Gama scored five goals to lead Arroyo Valley.
Shadow Hills will face Katella in the divisional semifinals Wednesday.
Northwood 10, La Quinta 6: The Blackhawks saw their strong season come to an end Saturday with a quarterfinals loss to Northwood on the road in Irvine.
La Quinta had a bye in the first round of the playoffs and defeated Walnut 8-4 in the second round. The Blackhawks end their season with a 26-4 record.
Indio: The Rajahs boys’ team qualified for the finals in back-to-back years for the first time and the Indio girls’ team reached the finals for the first time ever with their performances in the preliminaries.
The girls’ team finished ninth to be one of the 12 teams to advance to the finals. Marias Rodriguez led the Rajahs (17th, 18:57.41), followed by Regina Casasde (30th, 19:22.12), Naibe Ruelas (39th, 19:39.13), Destiny Salazar (59th, 20:04.75), Aliyah Zendejas (88th, 21:06.38), Jaxlyn Tostado (102nd, 21:42.39) and Briana Rodriguez (122nd, 23:11.81).
The Indio boys’ finished seventh to advance to the finals next weekend. Luis Barrera was seventh overall in 15:14.07, followed by Andreas Meija (15th, 15:33.21), Jullian Dorantes-Lara (30th, 15:54.02), Victor Urbina (45th, 16:12.14), Erick Dominguez (91st, 16:53.58), Jesse Diaz (103rd, 17:03.21) and Adrian Ramierz (129th, 17:59.21),
Xavier: In the Division 5 preliminaries in Riverside, both the Saints boys’ and girls’ teams advanced to the finals for the ninth-consecutive year.
In the boys’ division, Xavier finished second with 83 points and total team time of 85:34. The team was led by Braulio Ramirez (ninth, 16:37), Michael Branconier (16th, 17:03) and Wyatt Manley (18th, 17:07). Andres Arias (27th, 17:23), and Adrihel Ibarra (28th, 17:23) capped the scoring.
The girls’ team finished sixth in their heat with 198 points. Freshman Mia Limon and senior Bridget Wickstrand paced the team with 20th (21:01) and 21st (21:01) place finishes, respectively. Haley Varela (31st, 21:44), Brooklyn Nunez (69th, 22:53), Katelyn Salas (71st, 22:57), Marisela Martinez, and Angelina Tapia helped the Saints advance.
Shadow Hills: In the Division 3 prelims, Nyah Chavez finished 11th overall in her heat with a school record of 18:23.5, becoming the first female in school history to qualify for CIF finals.
As a team, the Knights finished 13th, falling short of the team finals by five points. Paige Fullen, team captain, finished off her career with a 21:10. Jasmin Gallegos (21:26), Samantha Torres (21:32), Aliyah Delgado (21:59), Bella Olivas (22:19), and Mariana Anciso (23:13) capped off the best CIF finish in school history.
In the boys’ competition, Isaiah Gonzalez finished 13th in his heat, breaking a five-year-old school record with a time of 15:30.1. Gonzalez becomes the first male Knight in school history to qualify for CIF finals.
The Knights finished 14th overall, missing the finals by two spots. Alejandro Grant, team captain, capped off his career with a 16:38. Luis Fernandez (16:39), Rogelio Muniz (17:15), Brennen Lenarth (17:28), William Walsh (18:03), and Amadeus Rodriguez (18:25) also ran for the Knights.
Palm Valley: Oliver Kaufmann for the Firebirds ran his best race of the season, finishing in 18:46.9 to finish 53rd out of the 121 runs in Division 5. It was a strong effort but not enough to advance Kaufmann to the finals.
CIF PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
D-4: Yucaipa OR Westlake at La Quinta, TBA
D-6: Xavier Prep at Alta Loma, TBA
D-7: Katella at Shadow Hills, TBA
D-12: Rancho Mirage at Hillcrest, 7 p.m.