Prep boys basketball


HESPERIA CHRISTIAN 50, CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN 53: Scott Dobyns had worries the night might turn out like this. Entering an opponent's gym, the Hesperia Christian coach wondered how his team would fair shooting. The first shots didn't fall. The last ones didn't either. In between the Patriots dug themselves a 16-point hole before a late rally almost sent them to overtime. The end result was a 53-50 loss to California Lutheran in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 semifinals. It was the Patriots third semifinal loss in four years.


Prep girls basketball


BORON 51, HESPERIA CHRISTIAN 39: At Boron, the No. 4 Patriots fell behind early and lost a CIF-SS Div. 6 quarterfinals matchup against the No. 12 Bobcats on Wednesday.


Prep boys soccer


OAK HILLS 2, ARTESIA HIGH 1: The season looked over for the Oak Hills boys soccer team.


The clock had stopped winding down on the Artesia High School scoreboard. The No. 7 Bulldogs had failed to put a shot on net in 80 minutes of play, while the host No. 2 Pioneers had fired at will and held a 1-0 lead. Only a few more minutes of injury time, and Oak Hills was done.


Somehow, some way, the afternoon ended with Bulldogs coach Darren Goodman jumping into the arms of his assistant coach, the entire Artesia squad lying on the field in catatonic shock, and the Bulldogs departing on the bus belting a modified version of the Manchester United fight song in celebration.


Diego Mendoza tied the game on a Hail Mary of a free kick in injury time, Jose Nuno scored a golden goal in double overtime, and Oak Hills rallied to shock Artesia 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinals.


Prep boys wrestling


Eight High Desert wrestlers advance to state


TEMECULA Robert Marchese had no trouble finding motivation at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet.


While winning a state title next week is the Oak Hills senior's ultimate goal, having never won a Masters title left Marchese hungry.


Marchese the top-ranked 195-pounder in the state kept his hopes of a perfect season intact by winning his first Masters Meet title Saturday. He beat La Habra's Elder Cruz 7-3 in the championship match and went 5-0 during the tournament to improve to 45-0 on the season.


"That really hurt me last year," Marchese said about losing to Sultana's Ryan McWatters in the finals at Masters. "I'm very good at motivating myself through past experiences. Not winning it last year was a big experience for me, to know what it's like and make sure it doesn't happen again by training much harder in the wrestling room before we got there."


Sultana sophomore Corey Griego (152) also won an individual title Saturday, and eight wrestlers from six different schools earned berths to the CIF State Wrestling Championships.


Griego held off Granite Hills senior Ryan Soto 1-0 for the championship, scoring an escape early in the second period.


"Wrestling on the mat (was the difference)," Sultana coach Rocky Humphrey said of Griego's win over Soto. "We're pretty even on the feet, but the mat wrestling is where I think we're more well-rounded."


Griego won his three previous matches in the tournament by pin.


He was one of three wrestlers from Sultana, which finished tied for fourth, to advance to state. Brothers Matt Williams (160) and Zach Williams (220) will join Griego next week in Bakersfield. Matt Williams, who advanced to the semifinals Friday, beat Victor Valley's Zack Douglass for fifth, while Zach Williams had to qualify through the four-man, ninth-place bracket.


Sophomore Trent Smith (120) was the only other Sultana wrestler to make it to Saturday, but he lost his consolation match and his match in the ninth-place bracket by two points apiece.


Prep girls wrestling


Bollinger takes third at state championships


LEMOORE Sultana's Sarah Bollinger closed out her high school career with a third-place finish at the CIF State Girls Championships and also received an award.


She is the first Sultana wrestler boys or girls to be a three-time state placer.


Bollinger lost in the 138-pound semifinals to reigning champion Emily Hamel 4-3 before winning two consolation matches to take third place. She pinned her first consolation match opponent and then won 8-4 in triple overtime in her second.


The semifinals loss was her first of the year. She finished the season with a record of 19-1.


Bollinger was also given the CIF Pursuing Victory with Honor Award. The award takes into account sportsmanship and grade-point average among other factors.