Rosamond relies on doubles rally

ROSAMOND – With the Rosamond High School girls tennis team tied with the Desert Scorpions on Thursday afternoon, all eyes shifted to the Roadrunners junior doubles partners Ana Ramos and Andrea Arias.

During the final set, the two teams were tied 4-4. The tiebreaker came down to the doubles showdown between Ramos and Arias against Desert’s Camille Lariosa and Kira Kussman. Rosamond won the match, 5-4, winning the final set, 8-6.

The Scorpions doubles partners Lariosa and Kussman started the final set strong and built a 6-3 lead. The two Scorpions were only two games away from winning the set and the match.

But then something happened. Ramos and Arias won five straight games in a dramatic, come-from-behind rally.

“We knew that it was up to this game in order to win over Desert as a school,” Arias said. “So I think that really helped us pull together. We didn’t want to let down our team or our school.”

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Lancaster girls heat up at Crystalaire

LLANO – In what Lancaster High School girls golf coach Casey Jones called a “showdown,” four Golden League schools finally faced each other in a golf match Tuesday at the Crystalaire Country Club.

When the match was over, it was Lancaster that outshot Quartz Hill, Palmdale and Highland to take first place in league.

The Eagles girls shot 280 as a team and finished seven strokes ahead of Quartz Hill. The Quartz Hill girls came in second at 287, while Palmdale came in third and Highland fourth with scores of 290 and 307, respectively.

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Quartz Hill girls tie Serrano for first

QUARTZ HILL – Quartz Hill tied Serrano for first place in the Quartz Hill tennis invitational after each team won 11 total games in singles and doubles matches on Saturday.

In last year’s tennis invitational, the Quartz Hill girls finished second, bested by the Serrano Diamondbacks. The Rebels returned the favor – sort of.

Rebels coach Liz Litchfield said if it weren’t for her two varsity singles players making it to the end of the tournament, Quartz Hill would not have been in position to share the first-place trophy.

“It really was a team effort today,” Litchfield said.

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Quartz Hill pours it on Lions

LANCASTER – As Quartz Hill senior running back Manny Thomas walked off the Eastside High School football field Friday night, he repeatedly pointed to his forearms with his index finger.

“I got ice in my veins,” Thomas said.

He could have been referring to his own performance in the Golden League opener, in which he scored two touchdowns on 18 carries, totaling 127 yards. He also could have been channeling the play of all the Rebels, who beat the Lions 37-3 on the road.

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Eagles find motivation, defeat Mustangs in 3

LANCASTER – All the Lancaster Baptist High School girls volleyball team needed was a little motivation.

In Game 1 of its match Monday against the Mojave Mustangs, Lancaster Baptist fell into a deep hole. Eagles head coach RaKayah Harris said her players looked sluggish and “lackadaisical” to start the match.

Then Harris decided to entice her team with a reward should they come out with a victory.

“The incentive was I would take them all out to the food trucks that happen every Monday right around 10th Street West,” Harris said.

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Frazier Mountain wins Cal City tourney

CALIFORNIA CITY – The Frazier Mountain High School girls volleyball team emerged victorious in the California City Volleyball tournament Saturday at California City High School.

The Falcons beat the Taft Wildcats in two back-to-back tight games (25-23, 25-20) to win the title.

Taft led through much of the first game, but only by one or two points. Tied at 16, Frazier Mountain rattled off three straight points to take the lead, but the score was tied again at 22 moments later.

The Falcons scored three of the next four points – all kills by senior Alexa Fausto – to take the first game.

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Coleman torches Desert for four touchdowns

DESERT – In a high-scoring affair, the Desert High School football team beat the Lancaster Eagles 63-48 on Friday.

Desert senior running back Jalen Coleman rushed for 289 yards on 27 carries, and also had four touchdowns.

The Scorpions reached the end zone nine times, while the Eagles scored six touchdowns in the game.

Desert started the game by scoring two touchdowns in 34 seconds of game time. With a 13-0 lead early, it seemed as though the Scorpions would run away with the game.

But Lancaster came right back with a six-play drive that culminated with senior running back Miguel Gopar scoring a touchdown on a 2-yard run. The Eagles attempted a two-point conversion, but were unsuccessful.

Desert then found themselves on second down and and 25 after committing a personal foul. But Coleman ran for 23 yards, and a Lancaster penalty gave the Scorpions a first down.

Coleman ran for 40 yards on back-to-back plays, scoring a touchdown and putting his team up 19-6.

Desert quickly built a 27-6 lead after sophomore quarterback Caden Hilton threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to senior Anthony Escobar. Hinton completed then completed the two-point conversion.

But with less then four minutes to go in the first quarter, Lancaster began to close the gap.

It took the Eagles only seven plays to get sophomore fullback Xavier Clay into end zone to cut their deficit to 15. Then after Desert turned the ball over on an intercepted pass, Clay rushed 30 yards for a touchdown.

Clay completed a two-point conversion, and all of a sudden the Eagles were only down 27-20.

The Scorpions fired back at the Eagles when Hinton rushed 14 yards into the end zone. Sophomore kicker Christian Broussard’s extra point gave Desert a 34-20 lead.

On the next possession, however, Clay returned the Desert kickoff for 40 yards, igniting a nine-play drive in which Clay rushed 5 yards for a touchdown. Gopar’s two-point conversion cut Lancaster’s deficit to six in the second quarter.

The second half was more of the same back and forth between the two teams, with Desert eventually overtaking the Eagles.