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Battle for the Crown of Cook Street

Isaiah Skinner--truly a 'contemplative in action'!

Isaiah Skinner--truly a 'contemplative in action'!

Isaiah Skinner--truly a 'contemplative in action'!

Isaiah Skinner--truly a 'contemplative in action'!

On January 9 and January 25, Xavier Boys Basketball Team played against their rival from down the street, Palm Desert High School. The games were heavily anticipated by both schools, bringing a large crowd from both Xavier and Palm Desert. Although the tension was high, these rivalry games were kept friendly, with Palm Desert and Xavier students intermixing in the crowd.

Justin McWay readying the next move.

The rivalry between Palm Desert and Xavier has existed since the beginning of Xavier, originating from vying for the title, “Kings of Cook Street”.  According to Valentino Kadile, “Palm Desert is one of our most anticipated games. The games between us and them always get a lot of people watching.” Although not as anticipated, Palm Desert also sees the rivalry from their side of the street. Roxanne Elisha observed, “Palm Desert has their own rival schools in other places, but there is always the competitive look since we share a street.”

The first game was on January 9th, starting at 6:30. The five starters from Palm Desert’s team included Devon Lopez, Jared Wilson, Qualiq Sorenson, Karston Williams, and Max Ralph. The starting five for Xavier College Prep were Justin McWay, Joshua Clark, Isaiah Skinner, Lorenzo Elias, and Bradley McClure. Although the 6 foot 5 Bradley McClure is back for Xavier after missing the beginning of the season, Palm Desert still had the height advantage with 6 foot 11 Qualiq Sorenson.

Vipul Reddy demonstrating good form.

The game was choppy and competitive from the beginning. Palm Desert got the early lead with many points due to their height advantage. Xavier kept up, scoring a sufficient amount of points every time Palm Desert got a sizable lead. Xavier even brought it within two points in the third quarter but was not able to overcome Palm Desert, losing to them at the end. This loss not only brought frustration to the Xavier basketball team, but it also came with a feeling of vengeance for the next meeting at Palm Desert.

The second meeting came on January 25, 2019, at Palm Desert High School. Palm Desert’s line up was adjusted due to injury, taking off with Deandre Sanders, Max Ralph, Jared Wilson, Garrett Hayden, and Karston Williams. Xavier brought its traditional starting lineup with Justin McWay, Joshua Clark, Isaiah Skinner, Lorenzo Elias, and Bradley McClure. 

The game started off evenly, with a slow start from both sides. This balanced battle continued throughout the first half, with neither team grabbing the opportunity to take the advantage. As the third quarter progressed, Xavier seized a lead that, at one point, amounted to 12 points. When the 4th quarter escalated, PD snuck back into the game and tied it late in the quarter. Both teams started trading points until Xavier snatched the small lead and pulled away with the win.

This win against Xavier’s rivals was an important one for both the players and the coach. Most of the Xavier Seniors received their first win against Palm Desert with that game–a great achievement. Coach Justin Sobczyk also cherished the win against Palm Desert. This was Coach Sobczyk’s first win against the team he played for in high school, increasing its value. Sobczyk is grateful for this win and said he is ready to win many more games against PD in the future.

 

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