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 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)

 

Huge high school hoops tourney in valley tips off today: Here’s the schedule

So you like high school basketball, do you? Well, there are 62 games in the valley today at 11 different gyms. My suggestion is find one, grab some popcorn and enjoy. An all-day pass is $12 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and children. For $40 you can get a full-event pass allowing you to go to any of the hundreds of games between today and Saturday.

If you have a job in which you are off until January, first of all, you’re lucky, secondly, you should buy the four-day pass. You can watch some games during the day, have a nice dinner somewhere and go back and watch a few more at night. A hoops fans’ dream.

To find out the players and teams to watch from out of state, read Patti Myers’ story in today’s sports section or online at mydesert.com/sports.

Here is today’s schedule. We’ll have each day’s schedule each morning in this blog.

MAXPREPS HOLIDAY CLASSIC DAY ONE

WEDNESDAY’S GAMES

(at CATHEDRAL CITY HIGH SCHOOL)

10:30 a.m: Malibu JV vs. Cathedral City JV #1

Noon: Malibu vs. Cathedral City

1:30 p.m.: Dana Hills (Girls) vs. Cathedral City (Girls)

3 p.m.: Dana Hills vs. Victor Valley

4:30 p.m.: Crescenta Valley vs. Diamond Bar

6 p.m.: Rainier Beach vs. Dorsey

7:30 p.m.: Antelope vs. Bellevue

9 p.m.: Cardinal Hayes vs. Harvard Westlake

(at PALM DESERT HIGH SCHOOL)

10:30 a.m: DCA JV vs. Palm Desert JV #1

Noon: Los Osos vs. Citrus Hill

1:30 p.m.: Capistrano Valley vs. Bloomington

3 p.m.: JW North vs. Silverado (CA)

4:30 p.m.: Brentwood Academy vs. Lakeside

6 p.m.: St. Mary’s vs. Palm Desert

7:30 p.m.: Loyola vs. Madison Ridgeland

9 p.m.: Orange Lutheran vs. DeLaSalle

(at DESERT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY H.S.)

10:30 a.m.: Palm Springs (Girls) vs. Desert Mirage (Girls)

Noon: Coachella Valley (Girls) vs. Laguna Beach (Girls)

1:30 p.m.: Canyon Crest vs. Coachella Valley

3 p.m.: LACES vs. Pacifica Christian

4:30 p.m.: Brethren Christian (Girls) vs. Pacifica Christian (Girls)

6 p.m.: St Margaret’s vs. Desert Christian Academy (Girls)

7:30 p.m.: Viewpoint vs. Desert Christian Academy

9 p.m.: Salesian vs. Brethren Christian

(at SHADOW HILLS HIGH SCHOOL)

10:30 a.m.: Palm Desert JV #2 vs. Shadow Hills JV

noon: Palm Desert (Girls) vs. Shadow Hills (Girls)

1:30 p.m.: West Shores (Girls) vs. San Dimas (Girls)

3 p.m.: La Costa Canyon (Girls) vs. Yucca Valley (Girls)

4:30 p.m.: Mission Viejo (Girls) vs. Indio (Girls)

6 p.m.: Eastlake (Girls) vs. Venice (Girls)

7:30 p.m.: Cabrillo vs. Shadow Hills

9 p.m.: Eastlake vs. Excelsior Education Center

(at MARYWOOD PALM VALLEY )

Noon: West Shores vs. Marywood Palm Valley

1:30 p.m.: Desert Chapel vs. Desert Mirage

3 p.m.: Granite Hills vs. Santiago

4:30 p.m.: Paradice Honors vs. Joshua Springs

6 p.m.: Godinez vs. Desert Oasis

7:30 p.m.: Sutter vs. Villanova Prep

9 p.m. Pleasant Grove vs. Marina

(at PALM SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL)

Noon: Desert Hot Springs JV vs. Palm Springs JV#1

1:30 p.m.: Desert Hot Springs vs. Bell Jeff

3 p.m.: Bell Jeff JV vs. Palm Springs JV #2

4:30 p.m.: King vs. Colton

6 p.m.: El Camino vs. Downey

7:30 p.m.: La Costa Canyon vs. Palm Springs

9 p.m.: Green Valley vs. Sacred Heart

(at COLLEGE OF THE DESERT)

10:30 a.m: Brawley JV vs. Desert Mirage JV

Noon: Brawley vs. Patriot

1:30 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga vs. Diamond Ranch

3 p.m.: Villa Park vs. Vista Del Lago

4:30 p.m.: El Toro vs. Perris

6 p.m.: Mission Viejo vs. Menlo

7:30 p.m.: Westchester vs. O’Dea

9 p.m.: Leuzinger vs. Miller Grove

(at LA QUINTA HIGH SCHOOL)

3 p.m.: LACES JV vs. La Quinta JV

4:30 p.m.: Desert Chapel (Girls) vs. Grant (Girls)

6 p.m.: Perris (Girls) vs. La Quinta (Girls)

7:30 p.m.: Ponderosa vs. La Quinta

(at XAVIER COLLEGE PREP)

4:30 p.m.: Great Oak vs. Torrance

6 p.m.: Silverado (NV) vs. Xavier College Prep

7:30 p.m.: Bella Vista vs. Crenshaw

9 p.m.: Benicia vs. Edison