On the rise: Palmdale, with a new coach and no seniors on its roster, has been the surprise story in the Golden League. The Falcons (4-3 overall, 4-2 Golden) held off Highland 77-74 on games Tuesday after the teams played to a 9-9 tie, moving into sole possession of third place entering the second round. It was Palmdale’s first victory over Highland. Three victories by Pedro Gonzalez and Jose Gutierrez in doubles were crucial in the triumph, which puts the Falcons in position to secure a berth in the Southern Section Div. III playoffs next month. Palmdale coach John Konrad has a history of developing young teams into playoff contenders. Konrad previously guided Littlerock’s girls’ tennis team to consecutive Div. IV playoff appearances, with a first-round victory in 2004. They were the Lobos’ first postseason trips. Cesar Garcia and the doubles pairing of Michael Castro and Tyler Coombes also have contributed to Palmdale’s success. They combined to win six sets in a 14-4 victory April 4 over Antelope Valley, last year’s third-place team. The drought is over: Littlerock bounced back from five consecutive losses for its first victory last Thursday, a 13-5 triumph over Antelope Valley. Chris Gilhang won three sets in singles and Jorge Carmona and Chris Maravilla swept in doubles for the Lobos (1-7, 1-5). [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIt initially was called off March 10, when snow flurries fell, also canceling the annual Antelope Valley swimming invitational, which also has been rescheduled for Saturday at Eastside Pool. “For the first time in my career, we were snowed out from a practice,” Lenaway said. “We’ve been rained out plenty of times before, but that was a new one. There was three inches of snow on the ground on the morning of March 10, so we decided to cancel the event.” During the rescheduling process, Lenaway wanted to make sure that the date enabled Moorpark and Burroughs to make the trip to the Antelope Valley. “When I took the tournament over from Palmdale, I tried to be true to that commitment,” Lenaway said. “You want to keep inviting teams that have been coming since the beginning and be loyal to the people who have been loyal to you.” All seven teams are trying to make up matches postponed by recent rainstorms, so if the event is unable to be held Saturday, it is unlikely it will be rescheduled again. When Bill Lenaway took responsibility for running an annual spring tennis tournament in the Antelope Valley, the Quartz Hill High boys’ tennis coach didn’t imagine the obstacles along the way. Quartz Hill and Golden League counterparts Antelope Valley, Knight and Palmdale are scheduled to compete Saturday along with Alemany of Mission Hills, Burroughs of Ridgecrest and Moorpark in the one-day event. The tournament was postponed March 11 because of inclement weather, and it appears it could again be in jeopardy because rain is in the forecast Friday through Sunday. “Hopefully, we can’t lose out twice,” Lenaway said. Despite his best efforts to reschedule the tournament around schools’ spring breaks, Lenaway hasn’t received much cooperation from Mother Nature.