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.