HESPERIA The Sultana upset Serrano on Wednesday afternoon at the first Mojave River League Cluster Meet of the season at Hesperia Country Club. They beat Serrano by an eight-point margin and took a 5-4 lead in the MRL Standings.


Serrano still had a big day, but not as big as they planned for. Ben Minick and Melissa Fairchild, both defending MRL champs, took first place in the boys and girls races and the Diamondbacks boys team dominated their race, finishing with a 48 point-lead over second place Sultana.


The race for first was no contest. Fairchild took an early lead and maintained it for the duration of the race. She finished with a comfortable 30-second lead at 17 minutes, 52 seconds.


However, the team race was up for grabs. Three of the first five runners to cross the finish line were Diamondbacks. However, Sultana sisters Hannah and Moriah Munyan took second and third place and Sultana ended up with four of the top seven spots to take the race.


Hannah finished second at 18:12 followed by Moriah at 18:40. Moriah and Kaylee Upham, Sultana's No. 5 runner, were both running in their first Mojave River League race as freshmen, but gave the Sultans a big boost. Upham finished 10th to seal the win for Sultana with a time of 20:07.


"Kaylee Upham was a big bonus for us today," Sultana coach Joshua Lange said. "Seeing her work the way she did, it makes you feel good as a coach when they perform up to their potential."


The loss puts Serrano on its heels. While the race for the MRL title is far from over, if Sultana wins the second cluster meet Serrano likely wouldn't be able to make up enough points at MRL Finals to overtake the Sultans.


Wednesday's race marked the second year in a row the MRL held a cluster meet on the golf course at Hesperia Country Club.


Hesperia Sports Roundup


Prep football


LITTLEROCK 0, OAK HILLS 44: The Oak Hills football team was due for some sort of explosion. The big question was whether it would be an implosion or something a little more positive. The Bulldogs exploded in the latter sense and did so in a big way. The end result was a 44-0 win at home against Littlerock in the Bulldogs' first-ever homecoming game.



PALM DESERT 62, HESPERIA 33: At Hesperia, the Scorpions trailed 28-26 at halftime but let the game get away from them in the second half. Hesperia (1-3) will travel to Jurupa Valley on Friday.



PACIFIC 0, SULTANA 42: Sultana outgained Pacific 211 yards to 22 in the first half to race out to a 35-0 halftime lead, and the Sultans coasted from there for a 42-0 thrashing of the Pirates. Sultana sat down most of its starters in the second half.



HESPERIA CHRISTIAN 60, CAPISTRANO VALLEY CHRISTIAN 34: At San Clemente, Keifer Lux had five total touchdowns and kicked seven extra points in the Patriots' blowout win over the Eagles at San Clemente High.


Prep girls volleyball


OAK HILLS 3, HESPERIA 0: At Oak Hills, the Bulldogs swept the Scorpions 25-22, 25-18 and 25-21 behind some solid defense.



HESPERIA CHRISTIAN 3, VICTOR VALLEY CHRISTIAN 2: With only two returning starters, the young Patriots jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the veteran-laden Royals and held on for a back-and-forth 3-2 victory to hand Victor Valley Christian it's first loss of the year, 27-25, 25-23, 13-25, 23-25 and 15-12.



APPLE VALLEY 3, SULTANA 2: At Hesperia, the Sun Devils pulled out a five-set win against Sultana 23-25, 25-12, 25-17, 23-25 and 15-10 in a Mojave River League match.


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