CIF sports more popular than ever

High school sports in California are the most popular they have ever been, according to a news release from the CIF that was sent out Tuesday.

It’s not a big increase since the last survey in 2012 — just .08 percent — but it does mean high school sports are as popular as ever.

This year’s survey of the 1,527 schools in the CIF found that 748,474 student athletes are competing in California high school athletic programs. No surprise, football is the biggest sport with 102,505 participants followed by boys track and field with 55,221. Soccer, basketball and baseball round out the top five for the boys.

For the girls, the most popular sport is track and field with 44,200 athletes, followed by soccer with 43,282 players. Volleyball, basketball and softball finish out the top five for the girls.

A few sports saw notable increases across both genders. Water polo saw the largest jump, a combined 2.8 percent, followed by cross country with a 1.9-percent increase. Track and field also increased in participation by 1.4 percent.

One sport had a noticeable drop in athletes: Girls basketball saw a dip in participation of 4.9 percent.

DVL teams remain intact for 2014-15 season

The Desert Valley League will remain status quo.

The official realignment meeting was held and voted on Monday by DVL athletic directors and principals and all seven teams will remain intact. Every two years, discussion on possible league realignment is required for possible team and or league moves.

Speculation was that a super DVL could fall into play with current De Anza League members Shadow Hills, Desert Mirage, Desert Hot Springs and the new Rancho Mirage joining in, making it an 11-team league with perhaps another for an even 12. Another was a large school, small school DVL with crossover play while another listed Xavier to the De Anza.

That was not the case.

The only school that did not participate fully in DVL play was Xavier Prep and it was only in football. The Saints had played a freelance schedule and will fulfill that this fall, then move into DVL play for the 2014 campaign.

Xavier remains the smallest school in the league with approximately 500 students. La Quinta is the largest DVL school and Cathedral City is a close second. However, with the new Rancho Mirage, a portion of Cathedral City students will enroll in the new school scheduled to open this fall for freshman and sophomores only. It was a similar situation to when Shadow Hills opened and Indio students enrolled in the new school, making Indio the second smallest school in the DVL today.

According to Rancho Mirage athletic director and vice principal Chris Calderwood, who transferred to Rancho Mirage within the Palm Springs Unified School District, the enrollment is expected to be between 680-700 this fall.

“Rancho Mirage will begin as a junior varsity freelance program, then move into the De Anza League for 2014-15,” he said. “We’ll join the other six (DHS, Desert Mirage, Shadow Hills, Yucca Valley, Big Bear and Twentynine Palms).

Dennis Zink, the interim AD at Palm Springs, said he’s happy with the results.

“Palm Springs would have liked the DVL to be an 8-member league but is not unhappy we stayed with the seven,” said Zink, also the school’s basketball coach. “It will remain a great league with the four guaranteed playoff spots.”

Rob Hanmer, the long time basketball coach at Cathedral City, has transferred to Rancho Mirage and expects a varsity-level boys’ basketball team for the 2014-15 season. Calderwood said most Rattlers’ teams will have varsity component by the 2014 school year.

 

Post season push begins as school sports season winds down

With the regular high school season winding down, the league races are heating up with just two weeks remaining in regular-season play. Teams are jockeying for playoff position and the latest CIF polls are out to jump-start the push to the postseason.

In baseball, four area teams have made it in to the baseball polls led by the Desert Christian Academy at the top of Div. 6. The Conquerors are loaded with talent and experience and have stayed atop Div. 6 from the start of the season. DCA (16-2) won a huge event with school more than three times its size but may have its biggest test of all against a hungry La Quinta squad.

DCA is led by Nathan Loewen (.500), Morgan Earman (.446, 5-1, 0.35 ERA) and Marshall Webb (.441).

The two will meet Thursday in a non-league local school showdown. La Quinta, of course is still in the race for a DVL title. However, they are not ranked among the top teams in Div. 3. Palm Desert is the only ranked DVL team at No. 7. The Aztecs, still the only undefeated team in the league, travel to Palm Springs Tuesday.

The Aztecs’ dual threat is reigning CIF player of the year Brian Serven with his .288 batting average and 5-2 pitching mark (2.04 ERA). Max Compton is 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA.

La Quinta dropped its first DVL game last week, but is also gearing up for the rival showdown with the Aztecs with Taylor Bryant (.449), Clay Fisher (.439) and pitcher Trevor Abshire (6-0, 0.54) ready to challenge.

In Div. 5, Shadow Hills earns the No. 9 spot and the Knights are rolling with their 8-1 league mark. Shadow Hills takes on De Anza foe Desert Mirage Wednesday and will look to veterans Jearl Jesson, Tyson Miller and Gabe Lopez to lead.

In Div. 7, Marywood-Palm Valley hangs in at No. 7 sparked by Chase Doremus (.537) and .400-plus hitters Tanner Joles and Matt Elliott.

La Quinta softball enjoys a stranglehold on the top spot in Div. 4 as it has all year. The Blackhawks continue to impress with their balanced two-way attack and stand at 20-1. Any wonder. Peruse these statistics:  Kelli Finan (.579), Dominique Rivas (.564), Hayley Nuno (.540), Thalia Ortiz (.529), Kendyl Scott (.525), Brianna Gatlin (.510), Illy Jimenez (.500).

Look for the game of the year – two games that is – during the first week of May when LQ takes on Indio twice. The Rajahs are the only other area ranked team. Indio is at No. 10.

In tennis, two teams are among the top 10. Palm Desert stays at No. 2 in Div. 2 and posts a 14-1 overall mark, closing in on another unbeaten DVL campaign. Marywood Palm Valley is at No. 6 in Div. 5.

Who’s Number 1 in new CIF polls?

The latest CIF-Southern Section polls are out and the valley has two teams in the No. 1 position in their respective sports.

First, it’s perennial power La Quinta softball standing at the top of the Div. IV poll. And why not? The Blackhawks are 12-1 with five batters all averaging more than .450  Coach DeDe Grutz has a wealth of experienced players on her squad as well. Thalia Ortiz is back after being out with an injury for her junior year and leads the team with four home runs. Hayley Nuno, Illy Jimenez and Brianna Gatlin are some of the other top seniors.

Look for La Quinta to go big now that the DVL is underway.

Indio is the only other softball team in the poll. The Rajahs, behind the solid arm and big bat of senior Heather Morales, stands at No. 10.

In baseball, Desert Christian Academy is No. 1 in Div. VI.

The Conquerors are following up a season where they advanced to the CIF semifinals and a 20-8 record. Morgan Earman, Nathan Loewen, Roger Corti, Drew Helmstadter and Marshall Webb lead the charge for a team that returns seven starters.

In Div. VII baseball, Marywood Palm Valley is at No. 7

In tennis, Palm Desert is at No. 2 in Div. 2 behind San Marino. Palm Springs is at No. 10. Also in tennis, Marywood Palm Valley is No. 5 in Div. 5.

 

 

CIF playoffs begin this week

A total of 382 high schools will begin a quest for a CIF-Southern Section boys’ basketball title this week with nine teams hailing from the Coachella Valley.

There are 356 in the girls basketball playoffs, but just six earned a berth to the playoffs from the desert. In water polo, 141 entries in sevens division will compete. Three of those are from the Desert Valley League Valley League.

In boys’ basketball, DVL undefeated champ Palm Springs leads the list of nine teams in seven different divisions. In girls’ hoop DVL co-champs La Quinta and Indio are among the six in six different divisions.

Boys’ hoop games are Wednesday and Friday, while the girls will play Thursday and Saturday. In water polo, wild card games are Tuesday with first rounders on Thursday.

Look for our coverage all week as we start the second season.

Here’s a breakdown of our local teams and opponents:

BOYS BASKETBALL

(all games at 7 p.m.)

Wednesday

Div. 3AAA: Murrieta Mesa at Palm Springs

Palm Desert at Jurupa Hills

Div. 3AA: Indio at Arlington

Div. 3A: Shadow Hills at Pacific

Div. 5AA: Xavier Prep at Linfield Christian

Div. 5A: Pacific Lutheran at Desert Christian Academy

Div. 6: Summit View at Marywood Palm Valley

Desert Chapel at Lee Vining

Friday

Div. 2AA: Cathedral City at Mira Costa

GIRLS BASKETBALL

(all games at 7 p.m.)

Thursday

Div. 3AA: Yorba Linda at Palm Desert

Div. 5A: Webb at West Shores

Div. 6: LaVerne Lutheran at Marywood Palm Valley

Saturday

Div. 1A: Chaffey at La Quinta

Div. 2AA: Coachella Valley at Perris

Div. 3AAA: Cerritos or N. Torrance at Indio

WATER POLO

Div. 6

(all games at 5 p.m.)

Tuesday

Rancho Alamitos at Palm Springs (site TBD)

La Salle at La Quinta

Thursday

Santa Monica or Cate at Palm Desert

 

Latest CIF polls

We’re at the halfway point of the league season and there’s been little movement in the latest CIF polls. Teams are making that last push toward a playoff spot, but here’s the latest rankings out of the CIF-SS.

In boys basketball Div. 3AAA, Palm Springs ranks 8th overall and is the lone unbeaten team in DVL. Palm Desert stands at No. 10 with its lone loss to the Indians.

In Div. 5A, Desert Christian Academy is at No. 14 and in Div. 6, Marywood Palm Valley is No. 5, while Desert Chapel is No. 13

In girls’ hoop, the only local team ranked in the top 10 is DVL leader La Quinta. The Blackhawks are No. 15 in Div. 1A. In Div. 5AA, Desert Christian Academy is 15th.

The boys soccer race is also heating up in both the DVL and DeAnza Leagues, but only Palm Springs (No. 4) and La Quinta (10th) are among the ranked teams in Div. 4. In Div. 7, West Shores is in the top spot.

In girls soccer, La Quinta is No, 5 in Div. 5.

In water polo, La Quinta is No. 6 in Div. 6.

As we head hdown the home stretch, hopefully we’ll see some more local teams break into the CIF rankings, giving a nod to the sometimes-overlooked desert-area teams..

 

CIF football honors, updated polls

Seven area football players were awarded all-CIF honors as announced by the CIF-Southern Section on Monday.

From the Central Division, Palm Springs and La Quinta placed three players each on the team, while East Valley Division was represented by Shadow Hills’ standout James Toland IV, a 6-0, 185-pound running back.

From the Indians, the honorees include: Brandon Cummings, a 6-1, 220-pound offensive lineman; Rodney Butler, a 6-0, 205-pound linebacker and defensive utility player Chris Hessler, a 6-0, 200-pounder.

La Quinta was represented on offense by Logan Robinson, at 6-2, 205, and Isaiah Verazas, 5-10, 200. On defense, it was lineman Aaron Jackson, at 5-11, 245.

Butler and Toland were selected as The Desert Sun’s players of the year.

In other CIF news, the polls are out for the first time following holiday break.

In boys’ basketball, Palm Desert is at No. 6 and Palm Springs is at No. 10 in the Div. 3-AAA. In Div. 5A, Desert Christian Academy is No. 12 and in Div. 6, Marywood Palm Valley is No. 5 and Desert Chapel is No. 12.

Look for those rankings to switch up following the outcome of Monday night’s DVL clash between Palm Desert and Palm Springs.

In girls’ hoop, La Quinta stands at No. 15 in Div. 1A. Indio is No. 16 in Div. 3-AAA. Since teams are divided according to past records, playoff appearances and enrollment, the Wednesday night clash between these two schools will have little, if any, impact on the rankings.

In Div. 2 boys soccer, Palm Springs is at No. 2 and La Quinta is No. 9, while in girls’ soccer, La Quinta is the lone team ranked in Div. 5 at No. 5 overall.

In water polo for Div. 6, La Quinta stands at No. 6 and defending DVL champ Palm Springs is at No. 8.

The mid-season wrestling poll has also been announced with La Quinta grabbing the No. 5 spot in Div. 2.

 

MaxPreps Holiday Classic: Title game set, full Saturday schedule

We finally made it to Championship Saturday at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic.

In the top-flight Invitational Division, it will be Fort Bend Travis of Texas vs. Westchester of Los Angeles. The two heavyweights face off at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Palm Desert High School. If Friday night’s semifinals and dunk contest were any indication you may want to get there early, because it was standing room only.

Ryan Lough of King (Riverside) won the dunk contest, but it was Ronnie Pinkerton of Cardinal Hayes from the Bronx New York, who stole the show. (P.S. As a tall person, I always find it unfair what an advantage shorter dunkers have in dunk contests. Everything they do looks (and is) so much more amazing.) Kudos to Lough and Pinkerton for putting on quite a show.

Cathedral City High School and Palm Desert High School are your spots today for the championship games of most divisions.

A few local teams will be vying for Division titles:

1 p.m. at Cathedral City — Cathedral City vs. Dana Hills in the Desert Heat Events division

7:30 p.m. at Cathedral City — Marywood-Palm Calley vs. Sutter in the Greater PS Convention Division

6 p.m. at Desert Christian — Palm Springs (girls) vs. Laguna Beach in the Girls’ I Hoop Gear division

7:30 p.m. at Shadow Hills — Indio (girls) vs. La Costa Canyon in the girls’ MaxPreps Presidents division

Anyway, as always, read our stories and view our photo galleries at mydesert.com and follow us on twitter including live updates of the title game tonight at @mydesert_sports

Here is today’s full schedule:

 

 

  (CATHEDRAL CITY HIGH SCHOOL)

10:00am:         5th Place Desert Heat Events Division (Malibu vs Victor Valley)

11:30am:         3rd  Place Desert Heat Events Division (Godinez vs Bell Jeff)

1:00pm:           Championship Desert Heat Events (Cathedral City vs Dana Hills)

2:30pm:           Championship I Hoop Gear Division (Patriot vs Da Le Salle)

4:10pm:           Championship Buffalo Wild Wings (Crescenta Valley vs Brentwood)

5:50pm:           Championship Fairfield Inn Division (Villa Park vs Santiago)

7:30pm:           Championship Greater PS Convention (Marywood PV vs Sutter)

 

  (PALM DESERT HIGH SCHOOL)

10:00am:         5th Place MaxPreps Invitational (De La Salle vs Miller Grove

11:30am:         Consolation Championship MaxPreps Invitational (Leuzinger vs Orange Lu)

1:00pm:           Championship The Slice Division (Capistrano Vally vs Downey)

2:30pm:           Championship Qwixcore Division ( Mission Viejo vs La Costa Canyon)

4:10pm:           Championship Gear to the Max Division (JW North vs Sacred Heart)

5:50pm:           3rd place MaxPreps Invitational (Harvard Westlake vs Loyola)

7:30pm:           Championship MaxPreps Invitational (Westchester vs Fort Bend Travis)

 (COLLEGE OF THE DESERT)

9:30am:           7th Place Greater PS Convention (West Shores vs Desert Mirage)

11:00am:         15th Place MaxPreps Invitational (Dorsey vs Madison Ridgeland)

12:30pm:         13th place MaxPreps Invitational (O’Dea vs Bellevue)

2:00pm:           11th  place MaxPreps Invitational (Cardinal Hayes vs Miller)

3:30pm:           7th place MaxPreps Invitational (Rainier Beach vs Antelope)

5:00pm:           5th  Place Qwixcore Division (Menlo vs Colton)

6:30pm:           5th  Place Gear to the Max Division (Bella Vista vs Perris)

  (PALM SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL)

9:30am:           3rd  Place Greater PS Convention (Joshua Springs vs Desert Chapel)

11:00am:         3rd  Place I Hoop Gear Division (Xavier vs Eastlake)

12:30pm:         3rd Place Buffalo Wild Wings (Great Oak vs Pleasant Grove)

2:00pm:           3rd Place The Slice Division (Bloomington vs El Camino)

3:30pm:           3rd Place Fairfield Inn Division (Palm Desert vs Benicia)

5:00pm:           3rd Place Qwixcore Division ( Rancho Cucamonga vs Palm Springs)

6:30 PM          3rd Place Gear to the Max Division (Silverado, CA vs El Toro, CA)

  (MARYWOOD PALM VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL)

9:30am:           5th Place Greater PS Convention (Paradice Honors vs Villanova Prep)

11:00am:         5th  Place I Hoop Gear Division (Silverado vs Cabrillo)

12:30pm:         5th  Place Buffalo Wild Wings Division (Diamond Bar vs Marina)

2:00pm:           5th  Place The Slice Division (Ponderosa vs Los Osos)

3:30pm:           5th  Place Fairfield Inn Division (St. Mary’s AZ vs Edison, CA)

5:00pm:           Consolation Championship JV (Palm Desert #2 vs Laces)

6:30pm:           Championship JV (Shadow Hills vs Palm Desert)

 (DESERT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL)

9:00am:           7th Place Boy’s Max Stats Desert (Desert Christian vs Coachella Valley)

10:30am:         7th Place Girl’s I Hoop Gear (Brethren Christian vs Desert Christian)

12:00pm:         5th Place Girl’s I Hoop Gear (Desert Mirage vs Coachella Valley)

1:30pm:           5th place Boy’s Max Stats Desert (Salesian vs Pacifica Christian)

3:00pm:           3rd Place Boy’s Max Stats Desert Division (Viewpoint vs Laces)

4:30pm:           3rd Place Girl’s I Hoop Gear (Pacifica Christian vs St. Margarets)

6:00pm:           Championship Girl’s I Hoop Gear (Palm Springs vs Laguna Beach)

7:30pm:           Championship Max Stats Desert (Brethren Christian vs Canyon Crest)

  (LA QUINTA HIGH SCHOOL)

10:00am:         7th  Place I Hoop Gear Division (Brawley vs Shadow Hills)

11:30am:         7th  Place Buffalo Wild Wings Division (Torrance vs Lakeside )

1:00pm:           7th  Place The Slice Division (La Quinta vs Citrus Hill)

2:30pm:           7th  Place Fairfield Inn Division (Vista Del Lago vs Granite Hills)

4:00pm:           7th  Place Qwixcore Division (Diamond Ranch vs King)

5:30pm:           7th  Place Gear to the Max Division (Beverly Hills vs Green Valley)

 

  (SHADOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL)

9:00am:           7th place Girl’s Gear To The Max (Desert Chapel vs West Shores)

10:30am:         7th place Girl’s MaxPreps Presidents Division (Venice vs Yucca Valley)

12:00pm:         5th Place Girl’s Gear To The Max (Cathedral City vs Palm Desert)

1:30pm:           5th  Place Girl’s MaxPreps Presidents Division (Eastlake vs La Quinta)

3:00pm:           3rd Place Girl’s Gear To The Max Mayors (Grant vs Shadow Hills)

4:30pm:           3rd Place Girl’s MaxPreps Presidents Division (Mission Viejo vs Perris)

6:00pm:           DCA Girl’s Gear To The Max Mayors (Dana Hills vs San Dimas)

7:30pm:           Championship Girl’s MaxPreps Presidents (Indio vs La Costa Canyon)

 

 (DESERT HOT SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL)

9:30am:           7th place Desert Heat Events JV (Desert Mirage vs Malibu)

11:00am:         5th  place Desert Heat Events  JV (Palm Springs vs La Quinta)

12:30pm:         3rd Place Desert Heat Events JV  (AB Miller vs Palm Springs)

2:00pm:           7th Place Desert Heat Events Division (Desert Oasis vs DHS )

3:30pm:           11th place Desert Heat Events JV (La Quinta vs Bell Jeff)

5:00pm:           13th place Desert Heat Events JV (DHS vs Cathedral City)

6:30pm:           15th  Place Desert Heat Events JV (Brawley vs Desert Christian)

MaxPreps Holiday Classic: Friday’s schedule and more

It was a quite a Thursday at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic. The top-tier invitational flight produced four dramatic quarterfinals at Cathedral City High School with no game being decided by more than five points. Harvard-Westlake beat Rainier Beach 75-70; Westchester beat Miller Grove 52-50; Loyola beat De La Salle 65-63 and Fort Bend Travis beat Antelope 55-50.

So tonight’s semifinals are set with the scene shifting to Palm Desert High School: Harvard Westlake vs. Westchester at 5:30 p.m. and Fort Bend vs. Loyola at 7 p.m. Those two games will be followed by a 3-point shootout and slam dunk contest.

In today’s Desert Sun you will find: An entertaining game story about Desert Christian trying to contend with 7-foot-5 Mamadou Ndiaye of Brethren Christian; a column by yours truly about the talented Harrison Twins from Fort Bend Travis Texas; game stories of a narrow Cathedral City win and a narrow La Quinta loss; an entertaining look at some of the off-the-court antics of autograph seekers, and OH MY GOSH! IS THAT DAVE WINFIELD!

Online today at mydesert.com you will find: 10 video clips and five photo galleries from Thursday’s action.

Also follow us on twitter at @mydesert_sports for all the news, stories and fun stuff our reporters find throughout the day at the MaxPreps tournament.

 Enjoy.

Today’s Max Preps Holiday Classic schedule 

At Cathedral City High School

10 a.m.: JV winners bracket semifinal

11:30 a.m.: Eastlake vs. Cabrillo

1 p.m.: Pleasant Grove vs. Brentwood Academy

2:30 p.m.: St. Mary’s vs. Villa Park

4 p.m.: Desert Oasis vs. Cathedral City

5:30 p.m.: Brethren Christian vs. Viewpoint

7 p.m.: La Costa Canyon vs. King

At Palm Desert High School

10 a.m.: San Dimas (Girls) vs. Palm Desert (Girls)

11:30 a.m.: Vista Del Lago vs. Palm Desert

1 p.m.: Ponderosa vs. Capistrano Valley

2:30 p.m.: Miller Grove vs. Rainier Beach

4 p.m.: Antelope vs. De La Salle

5:30 p.m.: Harvard Westlake vs. Westchester

7 p.m.: Loyola vs. Fort Bend Travis

8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.: Dunk/3-point contest

At College of the Desert

9:30 a.m.: JV Winners Bracket 5th place semifinal

11 a.m.: Mission Viejo vs. Rancho Cucamonga

12:30 p.m.: Edision vs. Santiago

2 p.m.: Dorsey vs. O’Dea

3:30 p.m.: Bellevue vs. Madison Ridgeland

5 p.m.: Cardinals Hayes vs. Leuzinger

6:30 p.m.: AB Miller vs. Orange Lutheran

At Palm Springs High School

9:30 a.m.: JV Winners Bracket 1st place semifinal

11 a.m.: Sacred Heart vs. El Toro

12:30 p.m.: Silverado (CA) vs. Bella Vista

2 p.m.: Crenshaw vs. JW North

3:30 p.m.: Citrus Hill vs. Downey

5 p.m.: Los Osos vs. El Camino

6:30 p.m.: Bell Jeff vs. Palm Springs

At Marywood-Palm Valley High School

9:30 a.m.: El Camino vs. Desert Oasis

11 a.m.: Colton vs. Dana Hills

12:30 p.m.: Lakeside vs. Marina

2 p.m.: Malibu vs. Godinez

3:30 p.m.: Benicia vs. Granite Hills

5p.m.: Perris vs. Green Valley

6:30 p.m.: Joshua Springs vs. Marywood-Palm Valley

At Desert Christian Academy High School

10 a.m.: St. Margaret’s (Girls) vs. Coachella Valley (Girls)

11:30 a.m.: Pacifica Christian (Girls) vs. Desert Mirage (Girls)

1 p.m.: Palm Springs (Girls) vs. Brethren Christian (Girls)

2:30 p.m.: Coachella Valley vs. Pacifica Christian

4 p.m.: Canyon Crest vs. LACES

5:30 p.m.: Laguna Beach (Girls) vs. Desert Christian Academy (Girls)

7 p.m.: Salesian vs. Desert Christian Academy

At La Quinta High School

5 p.m.: Yucca Valley (Girls) vs. La Quinta (Girls)

6:30 p.m.: Bloomington vs. La Quinta

At Shadow Hills High School

9:30 a.m.: JV winners bracket 5th place semifinals

11 a.m.: Excelsior Education Center vs. Shadow Hills

12:30 p.m.: West Shores (Girls) vs. Shadow Hills (Girls)

2 p.m.: Cathedral City (Girls) vs. Grant (Girls)

3:30 p.m.: Venice (Girls) vs. Mission Viejo (Girls)

5 p.m.: Indio (Girls) vs. Eastlake (Girls)

6:30 p.m.: Perris (Girls) vs. La Costa Canyon (Girls)

At Xavier College Prep High School

9 a.m. – noon: Gym open for team practice

12:30 p.m.: Patriot vs. Silverado (NV)

2 p.m.: Diamond Bar vs. Torrance

3:30 p.m.: Crescenta Valley vs. Great Oak

5 p.m.: Menlo vs. Diamond Ranch

6:30 p.m.: Brawley vs. Xavier College Prep

At Desert Chapel High School

3 p.m.: Cathedral City JV vs. Desert Chapel JV

4:30 p.m.: Sutter vs. Desert Chapel

6 p.m.: Dana Hills (Girls) vs. Desert Chapel (Girls)

At Desert Hot Springs High School

10 a.m.: JV Consolation Bracket 9th place semifinal

11:30 a.m.: JV Consolation Bracket 9th place semifinal

1 p.m.: JV Consolation Bracket 13th place semifinal

2:30 p.m.: JV Consolation Bracket 13th place semifinal

4 p.m.: Villanova Prep vs. Desert Mirage

5:30 p.m.: West Shores vs. Paradise Honors

7 p.m.: Victor Valley vs. Desert Hot Springs

MaxPreps Holiday Classic Thursday schedule

OK, it’s time for Day Two of the MaxPreps Desert Classic. You want to get your $12 worth? Head to Cahtedral City today at 11 a.m. and sit there all day. At 11 a.m. you can watch Fort Bend Travis take on AB MIller. Fort Bend features twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison who are headed to Kentucky next year. Following that game you’ve got the host Cathedral City Lions, featuring Christian Wilson who scored 49 points in Wednesday’s opener, facing Godinez. Following that game you’ve got maybe the best matchup of the day in California power Harvard Westlake vs. defending state of Washington champion Rainier Beach of Seattle. That’s three back-to-back great games, and you’ve still got your entire day left.

Another option, especially for those of you old-school fans who are tired of watching the NBA and college be dominated by guards, is a trip to Desert Christian Academy for some big boys in action. At 6:30 p.m. today, Brethren Christian and 7-foot-4 center Mamadou Ndiaye go against the hosts Desert Christian and 6-foot-10 post man Jimmy Roethler.

Whatever you do, enjoy the action, and follow us at mydesert.com and on Twitter at mydesrt_sports for the latest updates.

TODAY’S GAMES

(at CATHEDRAL CITY HIGH SCHOOL)

9:30 a.m.: AB Miller JV vs Cathedral City JV #2

11 a.m.: AB Miller vs Fort Bend Travis

12:30 p.m.: Cathedral City vs Godinez

2 p.m.: Harvard Westlake vs. Rainier Beach

3:30 p.m.: Miller Grove vs. Westchester

5 p.m.: De La Salle vs. Loyola

6:30 p.m.: Antelope vs. Fort Bend/AB Miller winner

(at PALM DESERT HIGH SCHOOL)

9:30 a.m.: West Shores (Girls) vs Palm Desert (Girls)

11 a.m.: Villa Park vs Palm Desert

12:30 p.m.: Colton vs La Costa Canyon

2 p.m.: Cardinal Hayes vs. Dorsey

3:30 p.m.: Leuzinger vs. O’Dea

5 p.m.: Orange Lutheran vs. Madison Ridgeland

6:30 p.m. Bellevue vs. Fort Bend/AB Miller loser

(at COLLEGE OF THE DESERT)

9:30 a.m.: JV Brackets Consolation

11 a.m.: Pacifica Christian vs Canyon Crest

12:30 p.m.: Diamond Bar vs Great Oak

2 p.m.: Torrance vs Crescenta Valley

3:30 p.m.: Vista Del Lago vs St. Mary’s

5 p.m.: Marina vs Brentwood Academy

6:30 p.m.: Lakeside vs Pleasant Grove

(at PALM SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL)

9:30 a.m.: Joshua Springs vs West Shores

11 a.m.: Silverado (NV) vs Brawley

12:30 p.m.: Menlo vs Rancho Cucamonga

2 p.m.: Diamond Ranch vs Mission Viejo

3:30 p.m.: Perris vs Sacred Heart

5 p.m.: El Toro vs Green Valley

6:30 p.m.: King vs Palm Springs

(at MARYWOOD PALM VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL)

9:30 a.m.: Paradise Honors vs Marywood Palm Valley

11 a.m.: Desert Hot Springs vs Dana Hills

12:30 p.m.: Bloomington vs Ponderosa

2 p.m.: Edison vs Granite Hills

3:30 p.m.: Silverado (CA) vs Crenshaw

5 p.m.: Bella Vista vs JW North

6:30 p.m.: Excelsior Education Center vs Cabrillo

(at DESERT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL)

9:30 a.m.: Desert Mirage (Girls) vs Brethren Christian (Girls)

11 a.m.: Laguna Beach (Girls) vs St Margaret’s (Girls)

12:30 p.m.: Viewpoint vs Salesian

2 p.m.: Coachella Valley vs LACES

3:30 p.m.: Pacifica Christian (Girls) vs Palm Springs (Girls)

5 p.m.: Coachella Valley (Girls) vs Desert Christian Academy (Girls)

6:30 p.m.: Brethren Christian vs Desert Christian Academy

(at LA QUINTA HIGH SCHOOL)

12:30 p.m.: JV Consolation Bracket (LQ #2)

2 p.m.: JV Winners Bracket

3:30 p.m.: Yucca Valley (Girls) vs Perris (Girls)

5 p.m.: La Costa Canyon (Girls) vs La Quinta (Girls)

6:30 p.m.: Capistrano Valley vs La Quinta

(at SHADOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL)

9:30 a.m.: JV Bracket Winners

11 a.m.: Victor Valley vs Bell Jeff

12:30 p.m.: Shadow Hills vs Eastlake

2 p.m.: San Dimas (Girls) vs Shadow Hills (Girls)

3:30 p.m.: Mission Viejo (Girls) vs Eastlake (Girls)

5 p.m.: Grant (Girls) vs Dana Hills (Girls)

6:30 p.m.: Venice (Girls) vs Indio (Girls)

(at XAVIER COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL)

12:30 p.m.: Desert Oasis vs Malibu

2 p.m.: Downey vs Los Osos

3:30 p.m.: Citrus Hill vs El Camino

5 p.m.: Santiago vs Benicia

6:30 p.m.: Patriot vs Xavier College Prep

(at DESERT CHAPEL HIGH SCHOOL)

9:30 a.m.: JV Consolation Bracket

11 a.m.: JV Consolation Bracket

12:30 p.m.: JV Winners bracket

2 p.m.: JV Winners Bracket (Miller)

3:30 p.m.: Desert Mirage vs Sutter

5 p.m.: Villanova Prep vs Desert Chapel

6:30 p.m.: Cathedral City (Girls) vs Desert Chapel (Girls)