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Valley roundup: Desert Mirage, Rancho Mirage nab dramatic boys' soccer playoff wins

The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) logo The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) 5/14/2021 Shad Powers, Palm Springs Desert Sun

Dramatic finishes were no mirage on the soccer field Thursday as the desert's two "Mirage" teams, Rancho Mirage and Desert Mirage, both pulled out dramatic boys' soccer playoff wins. 

On a busy Thursday night around the desert, it was the drama produced by the Rattlers and Rams that leads off the roundup. 

Playoff boys' soccer

Rancho Mirage 1, Murrieta Valley 0: With just two minutes left in regulation, the Rattlers' Rudy Elias found the upper right corner of the net which touched off an epic celebration. Goalkeeper Miguel Rangel held the home team off the board all night, as Rancho Mirage validated its wild-card win with an impressive road win at Murrieta Valley in the Division 5 CIF-SS first-round. Next up for the Rattlers is a home game at 5 p.m., Saturday against Valley Christian (Cerritos). 

a group of young men playing a game of football: Desert Mirage's Jesus Calderon rushes for the ball in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., on May 5, 2021. Desert Hot Springs won 2-1 in overtime. © Taya Gray/The Desert Sun Desert Mirage's Jesus Calderon rushes for the ball in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., on May 5, 2021. Desert Hot Springs won 2-1 in overtime.

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Desert Mirage 3, Damien 2 (OT): The Rams kept marching on with a dramatic home win Thursday over Damien in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs. 

The Rams opened a 2-0 halftime lead, but watched visiting Damien rally to tie it. But the Rams emerged victorious with a sudden-death goal in the first overtime. With the win Desert Mirage now has a road game Saturday at Chaparral in the second round.

Girls' track and field

La Quinta 114, Palm Springs 9: The Blackhawks moved to 4-0 with a lopsided win. Alaysia Smoot had a huge night with four first-place finishes, winning the 100 hurdles (18.42 seconds), high jump (4-feet-8), long jump (16-4) and triple jump (32-2). Also picking up multiple victories for La Quinta were Iliana Rivera in the 100 (13.24) and 200 (27.52), Monique Verduzco in the 1,600 (5:40) and 800 (2:34.0), Heather Hinton in the 400 (1:03.23) and 300 hurdles (52.79), Delaney Robins won the discus (81-11) and shot put (22-7.5). 

Sarah Kataoka won the 3,200 (14:14) and the Blackhawks' 400 relay team of Lynn Horiguchi, Arela Galvez, Jaeleene Ramos and Rivera (53.80) and the 1,600-relay team of April Barraza, Hinton, Verduzco and Horiguchi (4:37.62) also won.

a person posing for the camera: Carissma Williams, Shadow Hills track © Contributed Carissma Williams, Shadow Hills track

Shadow Hills 100, Xavier Prep 22: Carissma Williams broke her school record in the triple jump (35-5), then won the long jump (16-9) and high jump (4-10) to lead the Knights. Angela Vine won the 100 (13.91) and 200 (28.73), Marjourie Lopez won the 1,600 (5:36.78) and 3,200 (12:12.05), and Annemarie Frese won the shot put and discus. McKenzie Rosen (300 hurdles) and Brianna Gibbons (100 hurdles) also pulled out wins.

Boys' track and field

La Quinta 114, Palm Springs 9: In the Blackhawks victory, Raen Reyes won the 800 (1:58.59) and 1,600 (4:51). Other winners on the night were Hayden McKee (110 hurdles 16.64), Ethan Rosillo (300 hurdles, 42.87), Trevor Plott (200, 22.53), Ryan Henderson (3,200, 10:49), Gerardo Molina in the shot put (40-5), Ryan Murphy in the discus (125-9) and Ian Hernandez in the triple jump (36-0). The 400 relay team of Jeremiah Sanchez, Plott, Rosillo and Patrick Henderson (44.64) and the 1,600 relay team of Rosillo, Jacques Vanderlinde, Nathan Lopez and Ricardo Aguirres (3:48.62) also won.


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Shadow Hills 105, Xavier Prep 21: Christian Padilla won the long jump (19-3) and triple jump (38-7), Ambrosio Pasillas won the 400 (51.95) and 200 (22.80), and Michael DeTamble won the 110 hurdles (16.95) and 300 hurdles (43.27) to pace the Knights. Alan McKeefry (100, 11.38), Jaime Gonzalez (800, 2:08.39), Juanpablo Molina (1,600), Josh Arias (3,200) and Cord Stansberry (high jump, 5-8) were also victorious.

Girls' basketball

Yucca Valley 75, Desert Hot Springs 19: The Trojans continued to put the league season in cruise control with another easy win. Sara Mills led the way with 17 points and Chloe McNellie had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Malia Ulery had 12 points and five assists and Candace Tarrant had 11 points and nine rebounds. 

The Trojans are 4-0 in DVL play and host Cathedral City on Wednesday.

Boys' golf

Xavier Prep 225, Palm Springs 319: The Saints picked up the victory in this regular-season finale for both teams. 

In the loss, it was the final career performances for Indians seniors Jet Bautista, Nicolas Duque and captain Hayden Patterson, who were lauded for their hard work and dedication to the team. Duque led them Thursday with a team-best 56.  

Rancho Mirage: The Rattlers posted a season-low 228 on Thursday against La Quinta, including a 35 from Wilson Pinkstaff and a season-low 37 from Myles Cross, both of whom have qualified for the DEL championship meet which tees off Wednesday at Classic Club. Gian Gonzalez shot a 47, Isaiah Calderon 53 and JJ Rada shot 56 to round out the scoring.

Girls' golf

La Quinta 245, Rancho Mirage 268: The Blackhawks outdueled the Rattlers in the regular-season finale Thursday. 

In the loss, the Rattlers were led by Isela Maloney with a season-best 40. Annette Cruz had a 50 and Gabby Puccio fired a 53, also both season-bests. All three had birdies during their rounds. Tiyane Skosana added a 57 for the Rattlers. Both Maloney and Dakota Zeihen qualified for the DEL finals Tuesday at Classic Club. 

Boys' basketball

Twentynine Palms 73, Indio 46: Jacob Hueso netted 18 points and had five steals, while Jeremiah Holmes had a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Wildcats who remain unbeaten in DVL play. 

Baseball

Indio 4, Coachella Valley 3: The Rajahs rallied from a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, including a two-run home run from Chris Ureste to beat the Arabs. Josh Pineda was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Eleazar Fregoso earned the win, striking out eight along the way. 

To report high school results, please e-mail information to sports@desertsun.com or tag us on Twitter at @desertsunsports. 

CIF-SS schedule

SATURDAY'S GAMES

Boys' soccer

D4: Beverly Hills at Desert Hot Springs, 3 p.m.

D4: Desert Mirage at Chaparral 

D5: Palm Springs at Crean Lutheran

D5: Valley Christian (Cerritos) at Rancho Mirage, 5 p.m.

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