PALMDALE — The Palmdale Aerospace Academy boys basketball team was awarded its first Heritage League championship on Tuesday after finishing league play with a better win percentage than Santa Clarita Christian.

After the Cardinals won the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AAA championship and the CIF-State Division 5 title last season, the Heritage League decided to give Santa Clarita Christian the No. 1 seed in the league with all of the teams agreeing to play the Cardinals just once, instead of twice. SCC won six league games, but was forced to forfeit three of them, including one to the Griffins (16-12, 10-1 HL), and finished the league with a 3-3 record.

The Cardinals were penalized by CIF for an ineligible player who transferred this season and did not have a valid change of address. CIF’s decision was to make SCC forfeit all of the games that player participated in.

The league voted that because Palmdale Aerospace finished 10-1, it should win the championship, though Santa Clarita Christian is still the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.

“I think my guys deserve some credit for that,” TPAA coach Keith Bennett said about his team’s league record. “I’m proud of my guys, we worked hard.”

Bennett added there were ups and downs to the season, but the Griffins finished strong. They will now prepare for their CIF-Southern Section Division 7 first-round playoff game at home against Thacher on Friday at 7 p.m.

Desert 79, Boron 60

EDWARDS AFB — The Desert boys basketball team finished off the regular season with a 79-60 victory over visiting Boron on Tuesday.

The Bobcats (4-18, 2-10 High Desert League) led 13-8 after the first quarter and the Scorpions (13-6, 9-3 HDL) clung to a 29-23 lead at halftime. Desert came back from the break with more energy and built a bigger lead.

“We had a slow start tonight,” Desert assistant coach Ernest Nelson said, adding he didn’t know if it was because it was the last game of the regular season or senior night or something else. “But they kind of turned it up in that third quarter.”

Senior Jaleel Walker led the Scorpions with 21 points and added seven rebounds and seven assists, while senior Tyvon McBride put in 14 points with seven rebounds and seven assists.

Seniors Audries Bannerman and Qwentyn Holloway each had a double-double. Bannerman scored 15 points with 12 rebounds, while Holloway contributed 14 points with 20 rebounds.

Javier Elliot picked up nine points for Desert, while Jared Panergayo put in four points and Emil Rogers had two points.

The Scorpions finished second in the High Desert League behind California City and will await the CIF-Central Section playoff brackets, which will be announced this weekend.

Girls Basketball

Rosamond 65, Cal City 28

ROSAMOND — The Rosamond girls basketball team won a share of the High Desert League championship with a 65-28 victory over California City at home on Tuesday.

The Roadrunners (16-11, 11-1 HDL) are co-champions with Kern Valley after splitting two games with the Broncs this season.

“These girls have just come a long way,” Rosamond coach Justin Armstrong said. “They’re just such better basketball players because they wanted to get better, they wanted to learn.”

Hannah Grimes led the Roadrunners with 19 points, while Jazmine Borrego scored 15 and Ashley Marquez put in 10 points.

Rosamond now awaits the playoff seedings to see where it will play on Tuesday next week.

Boys Soccer

Rosamond 2, Cal City 1

CALIFORNIA CITY — The Rosamond boys soccer team won a High Desert League match at California City High School on Tuesday, 2-1 in the final match of the regular season.

The Roadrunners (9-2-1) finish second in the High Desert League.

Ricardo Robles scored the first goal for Rosamond on an assist from Miguel Morfin and Treyden Atwell scored the go-ahead goal later in the first half on a free kick.

Rosamond coach Miguel Guillen said defensive midfielder Angel Murillo was the player of the match for the Roadrunners.

“Angel Murillo had an outstanding game today,” Guillen said. “They did well. We’ve got to get ready for the playoffs.”

The Roadrunners will play in the CIF-Central Section playoffs next week.

Girls Soccer

Rosamond 8, Cal City 0

CALIFORNIA CITY — Victoria Gomez scored a hat trick for the Rosamond girls soccer team in an 8-0 High Desert League win at California City on Tuesday in the final match of the regular season.

Gomez finished with three goals for the Roadrunners (14-5-2, 10-1-1), which finished in second place in the HDL.

Alayna Finch finished with two goals and one assist, Michaela Gaddis had one goal and one assist and Wendy Campos and Hailey Pratti both finished with one goal apiece.

Courtney Jones, Katelin Pengilley and Alyssa Moncibais each had one assist for Rosamond.

The Roadrunners will play in the CIF-Central Section playoffs next week.

Men’s College Volleyball

AVC 3, San Diego Mesa 0

LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley College men’s volleyball team defeated San Diego Mesa in three sets, 25-20, 25-18, 25-13, in a non-conference match on Tuesday.

Julian Green led the Marauders (1-1) with 12 kills and added four digs, while Matthew Lee recorded 11 kills and four blocks, Brandon Holderbach-Lee pitched in with 28 assists, Gerardo Villarreal had four digs and Jonathan Teo added two aces.

AVC will play Santiago Canyon College at 6 p.m. at home on Friday.

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