NORTH HOLLYWOOD — The second-ranked Vasquez girls soccer team reached the CIF-Southern Section Division 7 quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory over Oakwood in the second round on Friday.

Sarah Hammonds scored the lone goal around the 25th minute for the Mustangs (17-3-3). She shot a free kick from 35 yards out that went in just under the cross bar. 

Vasquez coach Terry Comstock called the kick “beautiful.” 

The Mustangs will play at Desert Hot Springs in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Boys Basketball 

Desert Christian 69, 

Environmental Charter 54

LANCASTER — The Desert Christian boys basketball team won its CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA first-round playoff game with a 69-54 victory over Environmental Charter on Friday.

Caleb Gott led the Knights (21-9) with 21 points and added three rebounds, four assists and four steals, while Jerek Stevenson picked up 15 points, one rebound, one assist and two steals.

Frank Flores had a complete game, recording a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds and adding one assist, three steals and two blocked shots.

Desert Christian will play at Bassett in the second round on Tuesday.

Cerritos 71, Paraclete 67

CERRITOS — The Paraclete boys basketball team faded late in a 71-67 loss to Cerritos in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs on Friday.

The game was tied 35-all at halftime and the Spirits (22-7) took the lead midway through the third quarter. But Paraclete faltered and Cerritos took a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter. 

The Spirits got the lead back in the fourth, but couldn’t sustain it. 

“This one will hurt for awhile,” Paraclete coach Newton Chelette said. “It’s just a tough way to end. It just wasn’t a good night.”

Amado Coleman led the Spirits with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Nolan Boffman put in 19 points and AJ Taylor added 16 points.

Paraclete, which was 13-for-23 from the free-throw line, is losing just two seniors — Taylor and Cameron Olive. 

“It was a good year. They captained a ship that started 20-0,” Chelette said about his seniors.

The Spirits won several tournaments as they started the season 20-0, defeating every Valley team they played.

Thacher 68, 

Palmdale Aerospace 59

PALMDALE — The Palmdale Aerospace Academy boys basketball team lost a Division 5AA first-round playoff game to Thacher 68-59 on Friday at Palmdale Aerospace.

The game was tied 19-19 at the end of the first quarter, but the Griffins (16-13) were outscored by seven points in the second quarter.

Palmdale Aerospace cut the deficit to six in the fourth quarter.

Isaiah Enyard and CJ  Tisdale both finished with 14 points for the Griffins and Lucas Renaldo had 11 points.

Eric Alford had eight points for the Griffins, but Palmdale Aerospace coach Keith Bennett said Alford played incredible defense.

“He left it all out on the court,” Bennett said. “He went down fighting.

“It was a hard fought game. We played hard. They were a tough matchup. We were right there. We played hard and had a chance to win in the fourth quarter. That’s all I can ask for.”

CIF-Central Section 

Basketball Playoffs

Two Valley boys basketball teams and one girls basketball team earned berths in the CIF-Central Section playoffs announced on Friday.

The No. 9-ranked Rosamond girls basketball team will play at No. 8 Fowler in the first round of the CIF-CS Division 5 playoffs on Tuesday. The Roadrunners are High Desert League co-champions, sharing the title with Kern Valley.

The No. 4-ranked California City boys basketball team will be looking for another CIF title as they take on No. 13 Corcoran at home in the first round of the Division 5 playoffs on Wednesday. The Ravens won the High Desert League title.

Also in Division 5, No. 6-ranked Desert will play No. 11 Bishop at home on Wednesday. The Scorpions finished second in the High Desert League.


RIALTO — Desert Christian wrestler Caleb Williams advanced to the second day of the CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division Championships on Friday at Carter High.

Williams lost his first match, but rebounded with two consecutive pins to remain alive and compete today.

Williams, who won a Heritage League title, can advance to the Masters Meet with two wins.

Anthony Reyas (160 pounds) and Matthew Waitte (126) also competed for Desert Christian, but did not advance.

College Softball

AVC 7, East L.A. 3

LOS ANGELES — The Antelope Valley College softball team defeated East L.A. 7-3 in a non-conference game on Friday.

The Marauders (5-1) were down 2-0 in the fourth inning, but scored three runs to take a 3-2 lead. They had just five hits, but benefitted from errors and walks to get more runs.

“It wasn’t the prettiest win, but we loved how the girls battled back,” AVC coach Cindy Vargas said.

AVC pitcher Briana Garrett (4-0) allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts in four innings to earn the win. Isabelle Gomez pitched the final three frames, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out three.

Kaitlyn Cronin went 1-for-1 with three walks, one run and one RBI for the Marauders, while Camrynn Stanbro was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk.

Garrett, Arika Price and Maritza Arroyo also had one hit apiece for AVC.

The Marauders play a doubleheader at noon and 2 p.m. at Cypress today.

Men’s College Volleyball

Santiago Canyon 3, AVC 1

LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley College men’s volleyball team lost to Santiago Canyon 28-26, 25-22, 23-25, 25-14 on Friday.

Brandon Holderbach Lee recorded 39 assists, three aces and five digs for the Marauders, while Matthew Lee picked up 11 kills, three aces, three blocks and nine digs and Julian Green led the team with 15 kills.

AVC’s Gerry Villarreal recorded six kills and five digs, Jonathan Teo picked up six kills and nine digs and Anthony Merzoian added nine digs.

The Marauders play Grossmont College at home on Wednesday.

College Baseball

The Master’s 12, UAV 1

NEWHALL — The University of Antelope Valley men’s baseball team lost at The Master’s College 12-1 on Friday.

The Master’s (3-1-1) hit five home runs and never trailed against the Pioneers (1-4).

UAV sophomore catcher Gerardo Castaneda hit an RBI single in the fourth inning for the Pioneers’ lone run, driving in senior third baseman Nate Broaddus, who finished with a hit.

UAV hosts TMC in a doubleheader today at The Hangar, starting at 11 a.m.

Women’s Tennis

Porterville 8, AVC 1

LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley College women’s tennis team lost its home opener, 8-1 to Porterville on Friday.

Erica Garcia and Becca Jaimes won the lone set for the Marauders (1-2), 8-3. It was the first win of the season for the doubles team.

“We’re happy to see them put things together and win,” AVC coach Justin Webb said.

The Marauders’ No. 1 and 2 singles players, Garcia and Viktoriia Belonogova, lost their sets.

“We didn’t play well early,” Webb said. “They played better in their second set. We need  to find a way to play that kind of tennis from the beginning. We lost Thursday and I think we let that affect us.” 

AVC had its home opener against Santa Monica rained out on Tuesday.

AVC will play at Bakersfield on Tuesday.

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