The La Quinta High School boys’ swim team achieved its primary goal Tuesday, and to do it against rival Palm Desert was the cherry on top of the sundae.
The Blackhawks pulled away late to top the Aztecs 93-79 to claim the Desert Valley League title. It’s the third DVL crown in three years for La Quinta.
After being tied with four events to go, La Quinta won three of the final four to earn the win. The La Quinta relay team of Spencer Lowell, Brayden Smith, Sam Turley and Justin Hop won both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, with Sam Turley winning the 100 backstroke to secure the victory.
Palm Springs 108, Cathedral City 17: Christian Meyer won the 200 free and 100 back as the Indians finished the regular season on a high note. Meyer, Ceiba Becker, Thomas Forest and Francisco Sanchez won the 200 IM relay. Julian Trinidad won the the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke with Meyer, Justyn Roach and Sanchez to win the 400 freestyle relay.
The Indians will be in the water again, Friday for DVL preliminaries.
Coachella Valley 81, Indio 76: The Arabs won the 400 free relay to pull out the win against rival Indio. That team of Alex Meza, Joseph Zavala, Eli Navarro and Gabriel Ruiz solidified the win. The 200 medley relay team of Roman Diaz, Justin Aguilar, Cris Robles and Ruiz also won, as did the 200 free relay team of Diaz, Navarro, Robles, Ruiz. Diaz also won the 50 free and 100 butterfly, Robles won the 100 breaststroke and Frank Alcocer won the 200 IM.
La Quinta 110, Palm Desert 40: The Blackhawks moved to 5-1 in DVL play with a convincing victory over the Aztecs. Savannah Hampton won the 200 free to start a string of individual winners for La Quinta. Hunter Olivier won the 50 free, Mandy Strong won the 100 butterfly, Hannah Durkee won the 500 free and Madison O’Barr took the 100 backstroke. The 200 freestyle relay team of Hampton, Brooke Smith, O’Barr and Olivier took first, as did the 400 freestyle relay team of Hampton, Smith, Strong and Olivier.
Palm Springs 103, Cathedral City 69: Kaylin Akers won the 200 free and the 100 free to spark the Indians to a season-ending win. Akers then teamed with Savanna Holt, Annie Mascaro and Destiney Purdy to win the 200 freestyle relay. Auriella Guterrez won the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke before teaming with Holt, Akers and Christine Hoogendyk to win the 200 IM relay.
Indio 87, Coachella Valley 71: The Rajahs outraced their rivals in the DVL pool.
For the Arabs in the loss, the 200 medley relay team of Jackie Felix, Serina Barba, Jessica Campos and Andrea Ceja earned the win. Ceja also won the 50 free and the 500 free, and Campos won the 100 breaststroke.
La Quinta 11, Palm Springs 1: The Blackhawks stayed unbeaten in DVL play behind a complete game with 12 strikeouts from Jake Mesa. Mesa, Garrett Fisher, Trey Ladner and Gavin Ferguson each had two hits. Fisher added two RBIs. The two teams meet again Thursday at La Quinta.
Palm Valley 5, Desert Christian Academy 2: The Firebirds rallied with four runs in the top of the seventh, all with two outs to pull out the dramatic win. The big blow was a bases-loaded double by Andrew Olson, followed by another double by Izak Weintraub. Jaxon Jabbara had three hits, and Brian Sadler got the win with two scoreless innings. The Firebirds (11-4, 8-0) stays in first place in the Victory League.
Palm Springs 7, Palm Desert 2: It was the Makayla August show as the Indians stayed unbeaten in DVL play. August was 3-for-3 at the plate with a three-run home run, two singles and six RBIs. She also earned the win on the mound, yielding two hits and striking out 10. Valerie Rosete co-starred with a pair of singles.
The Indians (14-3, 7-0) host Xavier Prep on Wednesday.
Coachella Valley 22, Xavier Prep 0: The Arabs were led by Tati Martinez who was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Rebecca Alford (3-for-4 with two RBIs) and Daisy Rodriguez who was 2-for-3 with two triples and three RBIs. Analy Paniagua added a two-run home run. Coachella Valley (12-10, 4-4) hosts Cathedral City on Thursday.
Indio 15, Cathedral City 0: Megan Berrelleza was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run as the Rajahs rolled to a DVL win. Sabrina Carmona had two hits, including a double. Aariniki Muhammad had two triples and Marlisa Berrelleza had three hits. Karina Zavala-Corona was 3-for-4 with a triple and Areli Moreno didn’t allow a hit in the five-inning win.
Shadow Hills 9, Rancho Mirage 3: Marisol Gallegos led the Knights with three hits, three RBIs and a run scored. Karelly Razo had a triple and two RBIs, and senior Ayanna Murphy continued her sizzling hitting witha home run. Pitcher Brianna Lucrecio and Murphy combined to pitch well in the win.
Desert Christian Academy 11, Palm Valley 0: The Conquerors scored four times in the first inning and never looked back. Pitcher Kirsten Ranswill threw a one-hitter and struck out seven to get the win. DCA (15-2-1, 7-0) play at Bloomington Christian on Thursday in a de facto league title game.
DVL Individual preliminary round: To no one’s surprise the DVL individual prelims were dominated by the league’s top three teams of Palm Desert, Xavier Prep and La Quinta. The field was cut Tuesday from 37 down to 18 who advanced to Thursday’s finals by shooting 79 or better.
The top score on Day One was turned in by Shawn Tsai of Xavier Prep with a fine four-under 68 on the Indian Canyons North Course. Other Saints to qualify were Caesar Cheng with a 70, Bill Tseng (74), Jack Solis (75), Leo Hsiang (77) and Mathew Otten (79).
Palm Desert’s Jake Vincent led eight Aztecs that made the cut with a 69. He was followed by John Kim (74), Derrick Liu (76), Nick Daniels (76), Chase Cadwallader (77), Ben Lewis (77), Casey Scott (79) and Adam Co (79).
The remaining qualifiers were from La Quinta: Michael Choma led with a 76. He was followed by Mark Williams (77), Isaac Calderon (77) and Grant Calender (78).
Rancho Mirage 243, Twentynine Palms 262: The Rattlers pulled out this crucial De Anza match thanks to a season-low 45 from Marcus Lopez. He was followed by Benny Leung (47), Mauricio Alvarez (48), DJ Sailor (51) and Brandon Gonzalez (52). Justin De La Rosa of the Wildcats was match-medalist with a 42.
With one match remaining, Rancho Mirage, Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley are all tied for first with one loss.
Boys’ track and field
La Quinta 111, Palm Desert 16: The Blackhawks, who clinched their fourth-straight DVL title last week with a win over Xavier Prep, finished unbeaten with an easy win over Palm Desert.
Koty Burton won the 100 meters (11.32), the 300 hurdles (41.10) and was part of the winning 400-meter relay team with Nick Harris, Garrett Ferguson and Daniel Alexander (43.52), and the winning 1,600 relay team with Alexander, Ferguson and Ceasar Rodriguez.
Harris also won the 200 (23.39). Brandon Carretero won the 1,600 (4:49.01) and the 3,200 (10:51.49). Other Blackhawk winners on the track were Ivan Esquivel in the 800 (2:05.65) and Casey Cruz in the 400 (51.81).
In the field events, it was Adam Kasten winning the long jump (20 feet-and-a-half-inch); Justas Martin in the triple jump (39 feet); Marcus Burt in the high jump (5-10); Caleb Margison in the shot put (44 1¼); Carter Cunningham (144-6).
For Palm Desert, Noel Hawkins won the 110 hurdles in 16.07.
Both teams will now participate in the DVL finals Monday and Wednesday at Palm Desert.
Indio 63.5, Coachella Valley 58.5: Coachella Valley’s Carl Ortiz won the 100-meter and 200-meter. Jose Delatorre won the high jump, triple jump and long jump. Horacio Ramirez wins the discus and Oscar Solis wins the 3200.
Girls’ track and field
Coachella Valley 95, Indio 21: Dannie DeMara won the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles and was part of the winning 1,600-meter relay team with Fabi Corral, Fernanda Rodriguez and Jenny Salcido to lead the Arabs. Leslie Morales won the long jump, Audry Valencia won the triple jump and Crystal Lucero won the shot put.
COD women’s tennis
Doubles team wins at Ojai: The COD doubles team of Linda Guerzize and Yu Yamada won the doubles title at the elite Ojai tournament over the weekend. The Roadrunners’ duo, ranked No. 2 at the event, won a dramatic final, 7-6, 5-7, 10-7. The Roadrunners also sent two more duos into the doubles tournament, with Palm Desert’s Lauren Joy and Diana Cole earning 6-0, 6-0 wins before falling in the second round. A desert duo of Palm Springs’ Karen Rodas and La Quinta’s Miyako Kinoshita, dropped their opening match, 6-4, 6-2. Guerzize, Yamada and Joy also participated in the singles competition. Guerzize picked up a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins before bowing out in her third match, while Yamada finished 1-1 including a 6-3, 6-1 win. Joy also earned a 1-1 mark, picking up a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
Palm Desert 6-0
La Quinta 6-0
Xavier Prep 4-4
Coachella Valley 3-5
Palm Springs 2-5
Cathedral City 0-7
Palm Springs 7-0
La Quinta 6-1
Coachella Valley 4-4
Palm Desert 2-5
Xavier Prep 1-6
Cathedral City 0-8