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.
More than six months ago when the 88 member schools of the Citrus Belt grouping met to discuss new league alignments in their portion of the CIF Southern Section for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, local high school sports fans were left with a seismic change.
Campbell announced Wednesday on Twitter of the school's plans to field a boys' volleyball team this upcoming spring, becoming the second current valley high school to do so and the first to play in the traditional spring season along with most CIF Southern Section squads.
After an initially tight race with last week's winner, La Quinta running back Derrick Kennedy, Xavier Prep junior wide receiver and defensive back Fabrice Voyne was voted our Week 3 Friday Night Hero with more than 350 votes on the Desert Sun Sports Instagram page.
On a team with so many similar playmakers on offense and defense, it could be easy for players to get lost in the crowd, but Voyne, a junior, is quickly making a name for himself. He's the only player in this Elite 11 class with a scholarship offer from a major Division 1 program, which he picked up over the summer from BYU.
The Dr. Carreón Foundation awards the scholarship Palm Desert Pines to Palms Rotary Club to Braulio Ramirez, an honors student, Class of 2017 from Xavier Prep High School who is going to UC Irvine this Fall. he "One For 4" Scholarship Program consists of a community partner, such as a Rotary Club, making a donation which DCF matches one-for-one and the total of those amounts is matched again on a one-for-one basis by OneFuture Coachella Valley. The result is a scholarship which is four times bigger than the community partner's contribution.
Congratulations to Lucy McHugh our Visual and Performing Arts Chair, on being named a recipient of the California Art Education Association (CAEA) Professional Award.
A year ago, when the CIF Southern Section rolled out its new competitive equity playoff format for all fall sports, the designations brought plenty of surprise. Teams once held together across league lines could be spread out according to their respective levels of recent success and competition among similar schools.
Justin Sobczyk can add a third local Coachella Valley basketball team to his resume, after being named the new Xavier Prep head boys' basketball coach on Tuesday evening.
Congratulations to the recipients of the La Quinta Art Foundation Scholarships. Amongst the winners we are honor to have current students and Alumni representing our school. Lauren Cedar ('17), Christopher Espejo ('15), Taelynn Dalle ('16), Jake Hill ('16), Yrene Ramirez ('14), Micah Ramos ('16)