The Palm Desert High School boys’ soccer team broke open a scoreless halftime game with a second-half surge to top Indio in a Desert Valley League contest.
The host Aztecs scored the first three goals of the second half en route to a 3-1 victory.
Leonardo Garcia-Guerra assisted on the first two goals and scored the third on a penalty kick earned by Jhonatan Urbina. Damian Kosmidis and Christian Corrales netted the goals.
Palm Desert (6-7-1, 3-1) hosts Coachella Valley on Thursday.
Palm Desert 81, Indio 53: The Aztecs handed Indio its first DVL loss with a convincing victory. The Aztecs got great production and a game-high 22 points off the bench from Will Struthers. Alex McGrath contributed 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Dalton Casserly-Simmons added eight points and seven rebounds and Dakota Romero had seven points, five rebounds and slowed down Indio’s leading scorer.
In the loss, William Thigpen had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Christian Briceno had 16 points. Indio (7-9, 2-1) hosts a team from Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday.
Palm Desert (11-5, 3-1) hosts Coachella Valley on Friday.
Palm Springs 63, La Quinta 52: The Indians were led by 33 points from John Rich in this key DVL win. The team hit nine 3-pointers overall and the bench scored 17 points.
Xavier Prep 58, Cathedral City 47: The Saints used a balanced scoring attack, led by 13 points from both Ethan Sontz and Jared Clark in the win. Eddie Knee had nine points and six rebounds.
The Saints (11-7, 3-2) play Thursday at La Quinta.
Indio 49, Palm Desert 15: The Rajahs are getting healthy and rounding into shape, easily handling the Aztecs in a DVL tilt. Jazmyne Santiel had an amazing night with 21 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and five assists. D’Neesya Baxter controlled the pain with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Eva Rodriguez added nine rebounds and Jullissa Garza provided a spark of the bench with six points.
Indio (5-11, 2-0) will host Palm Springs in a battle of league unbeatens at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Palm Springs 57, La Quinta 31: The Indians had a huge double-double from Joana Adams with 22 points and 16 rebounds, while Sierra Leonard-Martinez added 19 points and four assists. Freshman Ana Reagins had nine rebounds and five blocked shots.
Palm Springs (9-6, 4-0) plays at Indio on Thursday.
Cathedral City 60, Xavier Prep 32: The Lions were paced by Nina Wallace with 25 points and five steals in a convincing DVL win. Nat Ipina controlled the boards for a whopping 25 rebounds. Nijah Lord had 12 points and Erika Torres added 10 points and six assists.
The Lions improved to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in DVL play.
Desert Christian Academy 52, Palm Valley 31: The Conquerors got another double-double from Grace Johnson with 17 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in the win.
Ashley Klopfenstein added 12 points and Abby Wagner had 10 points and played tight defense all night.
DCA (8-7, 3-1) plays at Redlands Adventist Academy on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Palm Desert 4, Indio 0: The Aztecs stayed unbeaten in league play as four different players netted goals in a road win.
Mariana Moreno, Elvia Pena, Jane Jordan and Kaci Holliday scored as the Aztecs peppered the goal, outshooting the Rajahs 23-2. Holliday, Afton Kalkoske, Alyssa Granados and Madison Cosgrove added assists.
The Aztecs (11-2-1, 3-0) play at Coachella Valley on Thursday.
Girls’ water polo
Xavier Prep 9, Palm Springs 4: The Saints picked up a DVL win thanks to three goals each from Blair Burlingame and Camille Dervieux. Jillian Barbato, Gigi Davlantes and Nicki Dezfuli each added a goal for Xavier Prep.
La Quinta 5, Palm Springs 0: Daniel Alexander continued his amazing season with a hat-trick as the Blackhawks stayed unbeaten in league play. He scored all three of his goals in the first half. Carlos Ortega also scored before halftime to give La Quinta a 4-0 lead at the break. Adam Lopez had a goal and three assists and Sebastian Ascencio had five saves.
La Quinta (7-4-3, 3-0-0) hosts Xavier Prep on Thursday.
Desert Christian Academy 7, Desert Chapel 2: The Conquerors topped their crosstown rivals thanks to two goals each from Cade Burth and Scott Jones. Casey Harrell had a goal and an assist, as did Nash Johnson. Jacob Hushaw added a goal and Jones added an assist.
The Conquerors are now 6-8-1 overall and 2-0 in league. They play Grove on Tuesday.
DHS 5, Twentynine Palms 1: Sam Smith scored the long goal for the Wildcats off an assist by Arthur Belmont. The Wildcats are 1-1 in De Anza League play and play at Shadow Hills on Wednesday.
After a holiday hiatus, the CIF-SS came out with new polls for the winter sports.
Basketball: Rancho Mirage at No. 6 in Division 3A remains the highest ranked desert boys’ team. Palm Desert is No. 12 in Division 3AA and Palm Springs is tied for 16th in Division 3A. Desert Christian Academy is ranked No. 10 in Division 6. The only girls’ basketball team in the rankings is the Palm Springs Indians who are tied for No. 16 in Division 3AA.
Boys’ soccer: Division 6 is dominated by desert teams, led by Desert Mirage at No. 1. The Rams are one of only two desert teams currently ranked No. 1. Shadow Hills follows at No. 4 and Rancho Mirage is No. 8 in that division. The Rams and Knights play each other on Tuesday at Shadow Hills.
Girls’ soccer: Palm Desert is the only DVL team in the rankings, clocking in at No. 6 in Division 5. In Division 7, Shadow Hills is No. 4 and Rancho Mirage is No. 7.
Girls’ water polo: The Palm Desert Aztecs are No. 5 in Division 5.
Wrestling: The Shadow Hills wrestling team holds down the No. 1 spot in the Southern Division. De Anza mates Desert Mirage are ranked No. 10. Palm Desert is ranked No. 3 in the Eastern Division.
The Desert Diablos are hosting a speed camp this weekend run by Bommarito’s Performance Systems out of Florida who have worked with such NFL stars at Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski, as well as pros from other sports.
The camp is Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day with registration at 7:45 a.m. It will be held on Friday at Dynamic Athletix (77588 El Duna Ct. Suite A) and Sunday at Freedom Park in Palm Desert. Cost is $40 for two days or $30 for one day. More info: Call (760) 574-5450.