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Area Roundup 2-1-13: AAE holds on for share of Agape League girls basketball title

HESPERIA • Last year, the Hesperia Christian girls basketball beat Academy for Academic Excellence by a point in their second matchup of the season to clinch the Agape League title.

Knights coach Ashley Simpson said that loss stuck with her returning players.

The roles were reversed coming into Friday, as AAE held a one-game lead over Hesperia Christian in the standings. The Knights held off the Patriots 39-38 to clinch a share of the league title and the league’s No. 1 playoff slot.

“I think (last year’s game) was a motivator to play smart and as a team,” Simpson said.

The Knights (15-5, 8-0 AL) clinched their first league title since 2008. They can secure the outright title with a win over Victor Valley Christian on Tuesday.

AAE never trailed Friday, jumping out to an 11-0 lead in the first quarter. But Hesperia Christian kept it close.

Melissa Owuor led the Knights in scoring with 14 points.

Hesperia Christian’s (10-10, 6-2 AL) Olivia Hough finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and eight steals.

Hesperia Christian holds a one-game lead over Excelsior for second place. The Patriots and Eagles play Tuesday.

AAE (39)
Owuor 14, Holbrook 11, Phillips 6, Perea 4, N. Gruver 4.
Hough 14, Helm 11, Arreola 5, Woods 4, MacDonald 3, Dobyns 1.

AAE    15    3    11    10    —    39
Hesp. Chr.    7    10    7    14    —    38

3-point field goals — Academy for Academic Excellence none; Hesperia Christian 2 (Arreola, Helm). Fouled out — Owuor (A); Helm (H). Technical — N. Gruver (A).

Prep Boys Basketball
VICTOR VALLEY 73, GRANITE HILLS 53: At Apple Valley, Raymond Clark scored 19 points to lead the Jackrabbits to a Desert Sky League win over the Cougars.

Clark also had five rebounds and two assists. KeSean Walker scored 13 points to go with six rebounds and two steals, and Davondra Jackson added nine points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

DeAngelo Ashley had a double-double for Granite Hills (2-9 DSL) with 12 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, and Ronson Nesby added 10 rebounds and two blocks.

Victor Valley (8-2 DSL) has already wrapped up second place in the league and hosts Burroughs on Wednesday before finishing the regular season against first-place Silverado on Thursday.

Clark 19, Walker 13, Cotton 12, Jackson 9, Sewell 5, Gibson 4, Douglas 3, Vadillo 3, James 3, Patterson 2.
Ashley 12, Lopez 11, Redix 10, Ayinalem 8, Patterson 4, Yarber 4, James 2, Nesby 2.

V. Valley    16    22    13    22    —    73
G. Hills    15    13    12    13    —    53

3-point field goals — Victor Valley 5 (Clark 3, Vadillo, Sewell); Granite Hills 2 (Redix, Lopez).

RIVERSIDE PREP 47, BARSTOW 42: At Barstow, the Silver Knights picked up a win in statement game.

Riverside Prep, which plays in CIF-Southern Section Division 5A, has dominated the Cross Valley League and schools of its size in recent years, but had a bigger challenge against the Aztecs, who play in Division 3A. Elijah Woods hit a 27-foot 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock with about 20 seconds left in the game to help pull out the win.

“Our team has been trying to play more difficult teams,” Riverside Prep coach Daniel Rincon said. “It’s nice to play a school that’s in one of the big leagues in the High Desert. For our small school it was a big win.”

Rincon said his team delivered once of its best defensive performances for the win.

The Silver Knights have three players — Woods, Dontre King and Ashim Skeet — who could attend Barstow but enrolled with the Oro Grande charter school instead. Rincon said the trio made sure everyone knew about that in the days leading up to the game.

The trio combined for 28 points. Chris Bailey finished with eight rebounds.

Riverside Prep (18-2, 10-0 Cross Valley League) travels to face Antelope Valley Christian on Tuesday.

Woods 14, Bailey 13, Skeet 12, Ortega 6, King 2.
C. Boston 14, Salawa 9, Joseph 8, Morales 6, J. Boston 4, Addison 1.

River. Prep    6    18    6    7    —    47
Barstow    8    9    13    21    —    42

3-point field goals — Riverside Prep 4 (Woods); Barstow 3 (Morales 2, Salawa). Technical Foul — Bench 2 (B).

EXCELSIOR 87, APPLE VALLEY CHRISTIAN 37: At Apple Valley, Brian Montgomery had a double-double to help the Eagles rout the Warriors in an Agape League game.

Montgomery scored a game-high 21 points to go with 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Kevin White added 19 points for Excelsior (17-4, 8-0 AL), which plays at Hesperia Christian on Tuesday.

Apple Valley Christian’s (6-11, 2-6 AL) Mark Medina had 15 points and eight rebounds.

B. Montgomery 21, Kev. White 19, J. Montgomery 16, Wolfe 15, Merrit 8, Key. White 6, Fortson 2.
Medina 15, Swann 8, Brady 4, Carrazedo 4, Warren 2, Green 2, Ying 2.

Excelsior    20    20    31    16    —    87
A.V. Chr.    12    11    4    10    —    37

3-point field goals — Excelsior 5 (J. Montgomery 3, Wolfe 2); Apple Valley Christian none.

ACADEMY FOR CAREERS AND EXPLORATION 75, BETHEL CHRISTIAN 31: At Helendale, Chris Perry had 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals, and Josh Calhoun scored a game-high 25 points in the Eagles’ road victory.

ACE (11-5, 6-4 Cross Valley League) travels to play University Prep on Tuesday.

Dragoo 18, Godde 7, Mudarkeh 6.
ACE (75)
Calhoun 25, Perry 14, Tardif 7, Stephan 7, Hernandez 6, Pontiffo 4, Morck 4, Morales 2, Gambrell 2, Robinson 2, Johnson 2.

Bethel Chr.    11    6    3    11    —    31
ACE    27    24    22    2    —    75

3-point field goals — Bethel Christian 4 (Dragoo); Academy for Careers and Exploration 5 (Calhoun 4, Tardif).

UNIVERSITY PREP 62, ANTELOPE VALLEY CHRISTIAN 25: At Lancaster, the Jaguars led by 41 points after three quarters in an easy Cross Valley League win.

Jaalen Thompson led University Prep with 17 points, five steals and three assists. Austin Ledington had five assists and five steals, and Matt Aranda added eight points and six rebounds.

The Jaguars (7-3 CVL) host Academy of Careers and Exploration on Tuesday.

Thompson 17, Aranda 8, Williams 8, Ledington 7, Valdez 6, Morales 5, Perez 5, Glasl 2, Trujeque 2, Pogues 2.
Onishi 9, Xing 7, Brown 4, Limon 3, Wu 2.

U. Prep    11    22    27    2    —    62
A.V. Chr.    6    6    7    6    —    25

3-point field goals — University Prep 3 (Ledington 2, Thompson) Antelope Valley Christian 1 (Limon).

ACADEMY FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE 70, HESPERIA CHRISTIAN 22: At Hesperia, Tim Thymes finished with 22 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead the Knights to a blowout victory over the Patriots.

Isaac Pieper chipped in with 13 points and Michael Coulter had 12 points, six rebounds and three steals.

The Knights (13-6, 6-2 AL) take on Victor Valley Christian on Tuesday, while Hesperia Christian (3-5 AL) plays Excelsior.

AAE (70)
Thymes 22, Pieper 13, Coulter 12, T. Souter 5, Gill 4, Phillips 4, J. Souter 4, Cox 4, Natali 2.
HCS (22)
Peacox 6, Andros 4, Haselton 4, Woods 4, Hooper 2, Hayes 2.

AAE    13    26    24    7    —    70
HCS    8    4    8    2    —    22

3-point field goals — Academy for Academic Excellence 2 (Thymes, T. Souter); Hesperia Christian none.

Prep Girls Basketball
UNIVERSITY PREP 68, ANTELOPE VALLEY CHRISTIAN 17: At Antelope Valley, freshman Stacia Porter outscored the Eagles on her own with 19 points.

The Jaguars (11-4, 7-3 Cross Valley League) host Academy for Careers and Exploration on Tuesday.

Porter 19, Carvajal 13, D’Estyne 9, De La Torre 7, Martinez 4, Rivera 4, Williams 4, Benitez 4, Rasa 2, Fisher 2.
Medveczky 6, G. Ibarra 6, A. Ibarra 3, Park 2.

Uni. Prep    23    19    16    17    —    68
Ant. Vly. Chr.    5    8    3    1    —    17

3-point field goals — University Prep 3 (Porter 2, Carvajal); Antelope Valley Christian 2 (Medveczky, G. Ibarra).

BARSTOW 62, RIVERSIDE PREP 32: At Barstow, the Silver Knights played with just five players in a nonleague loss.

Dez Quintanar scored 13 points for Riverside Prep (17-2, 10-0), which travels to play Antelope Valley Christian on Tuesday.

Quintanar 13, Hill 8, Pedrian 7, Keyes 2, Moore 2.
Dado 23, Theis 18, Alefalo 9, Green 4, Mims 4, Burns 2, Cook 2.

Riverside Prep    7    9    3    13    —    32
Barstow    14    16    16    14    —    62

3-point field goals — Riverside Prep none; Barstow 1 (Green).

EXCELSIOR 44, APPLE VALLEY CHRISTIAN 36: At Apple Valley, the Eagles held off the Warriors to clinch third place in the Agape League.

Julianna Phillips led Excelsior (10-10, 5-3 AL) with 20 points, six rebounds and four steals. Kory Washington chipped in 17 rebounds and eight points, and Madison Thomas pulled down 12 rebounds to go along with her eight points.

Lana Gomes scored 19 points for the Warriors (3-5 AL) and Christina Seaton finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Warriors were 2-for-16 from the foul line.

Excelsior plays Hesperia Christian on Tuesday, and the Patriots hold a one-game lead over the Eagles for second place.

Phillips 20, Thomas 8, Washington 7, Cunningham 5, Perez 2, Prutsos 2.
Lana Gomes 19, Seaton 10, Carrazedo 7.

Excelsior    11    3    17    13    —    44
A.V. Chr.    10    7    8    11    —    36

3-point field goals — Excelsior (Phillips 3, Cunningham); Apple Valley Christian 2 (Seaton).

LUCERNE VALLEY 28, VICTOR VALLEY CHRISTIAN 16: At Lucerne Valley, the Mustangs shut out the Royals in the first quarter and snapped a four-game losing streak.

Courtney Pratt scored a team-high eight points to lead Lucerne Valley (2-13, 2-6 Agape League).

Heather Lund had six points on a pair of 3-pointers to lead Victor Valley Christian.

Lund 6, Im 5, Lewis 3, Ehlen 2.
Spratt 8, Kelly 6, Para 6, Carlos 4, Parnell 2, Quijada 2.

V.V. Chr.    0    7    8    1    —    16
L. Valley    10    10    4    4    —    28

3-point field goals — Victor Valley Christian 2 (Lund); Lucerne Valley none.

ACADEMY OF CAREERS AND EXPLORATION 56, BETHEL CHRISTIAN 19: At Helendale, freshman Alyssa Wall finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals to lead the Eagles.

Morgan Allen tallied a double-double, putting up 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with eight steals and six assists.

ACE (6-4 CVL) plays University Prep on Tuesday.

Dorame 8, Clayler 7, Sanchez 2, Thompson 2
ACE (56)
Wall 21, Allen 16, Haug 10, Williams 4, Simon 3, L. Reddic 2.

BC    2    8    3    6    —    19
ACE    20    8    16    12    —    56

3-point field goals — Bethel Christian 2 (Dorame); Academy of Careers and Exploration 1 (Allen).

Prep Boys Soccer
VICTOR VALLEY 1, GRANITE HILLS 1: At Apple Valley, the Jackrabbits tied the Cougars to stay in contention for the Desert Sky League title.

Jose Sanchez put the Jackrabbits on the scoreboard with a free kick in the 15th minute of the contest. Victor Valley coach Bryan Musslewhite said goalkeeper Brandon Palafox made several big saves in the second half.

The win keeps Victor Valley (6-2-2 DSL) in third place, one point behind second-place Granite Hills (7-3-1 DSL) and two points behind Silverado (8-2 DSL).

Musslewhite said the Jackrabbits have a chance to win the league title if they win their final two league matches. Victor Valley plays Burroughs on Monday and ends its season against Silverado on Wednesday.

Granite Hills plays a nonleague match against Sultana on Monday and finishes out its DSL campaign against Barstow on Wednesday.

SILVERADO 7, BURROUGHS 0: At Victorville, seven different players scored to help the Hawks rout the Burros and stay atop the Desert Sky League standings.

Jonny Castaneda had a goal and an assist, while Omar Solorio, Joe Moreno, Victor Torres, Anthony Jimenez, Daniel Lopez and Silvano Gonzalez added one goal each. Malachi Guzman tallied three assists, and Pepe Macias made one save in the shutout.

Silverado (13-3-2, 8-2 DSL) plays at Barstow on Tuesday.

RIVERSIDE PREP 2, MOJAVE 2: At Oro Grande, the Silver Knights tied the Mustangs in a nonleague game.

Rafael Zavala and Andres Cortes each scored in the first half for Riverside Prep, and Israel Orozco had an assist. Rudy Medina made four saves in goal.

The Silver Knights return to Cross Valley League action when they host Academy for Academic Excellence. If Riverside Prep wins, it will win the league title. If AAE wins or ties, it will claim the title.

Prep Girls Soccer
GRANITE HILLS 9, VICTOR VALLEY 0: At Victorville, Katie Saavedra scored four goals to help the Cougars blow out the Jackrabbits in a Desert Sky League game.

Ceslie Lefever scored twice for Granite Hills, and BK Smith, Michelle Alozie and Halley Howell added one goal each.

Alozie had four assists, Smith tallied three and Saavedra added one. Noele Hele made two saves in goal.

Granite Hills (13-5-3, 11-0 DSL) plays at Sultana on Monday.

SERRANO 1, APPLE VALLEY 0: At Phelan, Isalei Tauaese scored with four minutes left to play, giving the Diamondbacks a Mojave River League win over the Sun Devils.

Janelle Flores made seven saves for Serrano (19-3-3, 10-0 MRL).

“Lindsay Disbrow made four excellent saves in goal and kept us in the game,” Apple Valley coach Robin Goodman said. “My players played their hearts out today. I lost 1-0 and I feel great.

“The defense was on target today, they really were.”

The Sun Devils (9-7-6, 4-4-2 MRL) were playing without starters Krissa Lindsay, Fabiana Peiro and Rebecca Sherrick.

Youth Football
The Sultana Stallions will hold a parent meeting and signups today at 10 a.m. in Sultan Hall at Sultana High.

The cost to sign up at today’s meeting is $200 and includes game and practice jerseys, pants and a Sultana football tshirt.

Visit for more information.

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