The CIF-SS released its high school football playoff pairings Sunday morning and just four desert schools saw their names pop up. Palm Desert, Coachella Valley, Xavier Prep and La Quinta.
Usually when a coach sees his players coming at him with a Gatorade bucket after a big win, he starts running away to avoid the cold bath. Not James Dockery. When the third-year Saints coach spotted two players with the telltale orange bucket, he took one fast step and then stopped, stood still and braced himself. Splash! That icy shower is what making the playoffs feels like.
Xavier College Preparatory has never reached the postseason in football. The Saints should have made it in 2014, but an obscure Desert Valley League rule prevented them from a third-place tie in the league and the automatic playoff berth that would've come with it. This, however, may be the year Xavier Prep finally breaks through. It may depend on whether the Saints can beat La Quinta High this week and force a tie for second place in the new Desert Empire League. It's also possible that the Saints could get in even with a loss, though it's anyone's guess considering no one knows just how the final week of the regular season will unfold.
The seniors on the Xavier Prep boys' water polo team have had a lot of success in their careers, plenty of victories, deep playoff runs, but something was missing. They found it Wednesday -- A league title. The Saints outlasted La Quinta 12-10 at the Cathedral City High School pool for the first ever Desert Empire League title, and in the process ended the Blackhawks' three-year run of league titles.
Xavier Prep Volleyball has taken the valley by storm dropping only one league match the past 2 seasons as back-to-back league champions.
We are excited to announce that the Xavier Dance Team will be performing at Disneyland on Saturday, November 10th. After sending an audition video last April, they were selected to perform in the park with a score above 80 points and they get to enter the park for FREE. We are so proud of the Xavier Dance Team and all their accomplishments!! Go Saints!
"We're ahead of schedule this year and looking to surprise some people," Brad McClure said.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Alumni Relations at The George Washington University are excited to present Xavier's outstanding high school junior, Timothy Fitzpatrick with the distinguished George Washington University Book Award.
Xavier College Prep celebrated their 10th Annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza for special need kids. In this event we invite kids from all around the Coachella Valley to have a day of Easter fun. All games are exclusively designed for kids with any kind of special need.
Good things are going on in Palm Desert. And have been for a while. I kind of grew up in this desert. Came out here straight from college to teach at a new high school called Xavier College Preparatory. It was my first full-time job. I was tasked to teach psychology, coach basketball and golf, and be the utility man/administrative assistant, which included everything from substitution duties to keeping track of student textbooks. It was like jumping into a circus being thrown four flaming sticks and being asked to juggle — when you don't know how to juggle.