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Prep Playoff Notebook: DSL continues boys soccer success
Second-round victories by Silverado and Granite Hills last week extended a rather impressive streak for the Desert Sky League in boys soccer.
At least one DSL team has reached the quarterfinals for six straight seasons now. Granite Hills has reached the quarters four times, Silverado times and Victor Valley once.
However, only once has a DSL team reached the finals. Silverado lost to Mountain View in the 2009 finals.
The Hawks have a shot to get back after beating Crossroads 3-2 in the quarterfinals on Friday. They face Saddleback, which finished second in the Orange Coast League, today at home at 3:15 p.m.
• SERRANO DEFENSE IN LEAGUE OF ITS OWN: The Serrano girls soccer team’s defense put together one of the most impressive seasons in recent memory.
The Diamondbacks allowed just 12 goals in 30 games this season. That number is even more impressive when you consider Serrano played a very difficult nonleague tournament schedule and then had to face some impressive scorers in MRL play (Hesperia’s Emani Stewart, Sultana’s Suenly Galvez, Apple Valley’s Rebecca Adams and Oak Hills’ Shirley Zaragoza) three times over.
Serrano’s most impressive feat was not allowing Quartz Hill to score at all in 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime. The Rebels averaged more than five goals per game during the regular season, and only scored fewer than two goals in a game one other time.
As a matter of fact, the Diamondbacks didn’t allow a goal in regular time in any of their three playoff games. The only goals they allowed came on penalty kicks.
The linchpin of the Diamondbacks’ back line was goalkeeper Janelle Flores. Coach Dave Molina called her “obviously” the best keeper that Serrano has ever had as well as the best “for many miles.”
• CONSISTENT EXCELLENCE: Since Rocky Humphrey became the head coach of the Sultana wrestling team for the 2003-’04 season, the Sultans have produced at least one state qualifier every season and at least three in six of the last eight seasons.
Meanwhile, teams coached by Dave Stidham at Hesperia or Oak Hills have gotten at least one wrestler to state every year since he began with the Scorpions in the 2005-’06 season.
• UPDATE ON SILVERADO’S JONES: Silverado guard Mateo Jones was taken to the hospital during the Hawks’ loss to Etiwanda in their CIF-SS Division 1AA boys basketball playoff game due to concussion symptoms.
On Saturday, Silverado coach David Brannon said he received a text from Jones’ mother saying that said he suffered a mild concussion and had been released from the hospital.
• PIMPLE FORCES AV’S HAWKINS TO DEFAULT OUT OF TOURNAMENT: Apple Valley’s Gabe Hawkins won his first match at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet on Friday and very well might have been on his way to qualifying to state.
Hawkins, ranked 10th in the Southern Section and 40th in the state, was setting up in the bottom position in the second period of his second-round match when the referee stopped the match and pulled him up.
The referee thought he saw ringworm on Hawkins’ arm and asked him about it. Hawkins explained that it was a pimple, but the referee insisted on seeing a doctor’s note, which Hawkins didn’t have.
The referee disqualified Hawkins from the tournament. Apple Valley coach Rick Hernandez said he brought the head trainer and tournament director over to look at the arm. They both said they didn’t think it was ringworm, but they couldn’t overrule the referee.
Hernandez even offered to take Hawkins to a doctor to get it checked out before his next scheduled match, but the tournament director objected.
It was the second straight weekend that an Apple Valley wrestler wasn’t allowed to compete due to a referee believing he had ringworm. Eric Early was held out of the CIF-SS Eastern Division Individual Championships, but Hernandez said it was just a shoulder burn.
• LEARNING FROM LOSSES: The Silverado girls basketball team’s run of playing the top seed in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1AA playoffs has not been without value despite three blowouts.
Silverado coach Tyrone Brown said his team has learned that it can play with powerhouse teams like Mater Dei, which beat Silverado 78-25 on Feb. 21.
“The biggest thing is our girls know that they are really no better than us,” Brown said. “Those girls play together a lot more. They have a lot more confidence. We feel that we can play with those teams. Our girls are not afraid to go to those tournaments and play. They look forward to playing those type of caliber teams.”
• REMEMBERING THE GOOD TIMES: The Silverado boys basketball team’s 2012-2013 season ended with its players streaming out of the locker room with tears in their eyes after losing 43-28 against Etiwanda in the quarterfinals.
Silverado coach David Brannon said that in time the team will like remember the good times.
“I remember when I played, and I’m sure the kids would say the same, you don’t always remember the game but you just remember the time you spent together bonding,” Brannon said. “With how everybody is acting right now, you can definitely tell we are all here for each other. This is definitely a very memorable team in Silverado history.”