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The Day After sports: All eyes are on Canyon High

Cowboys and West Ranch meet in week two

Posted: January 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

Canyon High School is the place to be on Tuesday.

The West Ranch boys basketball and boys soccer teams travel to Canyon High on Tuesday in the two marquee matchups of the day.

The Wildcats’ boys soccer team made it clear early on Friday that they wouldn’t be looking ahead to Tuesday, though.
West Ranch scored six goals and shut out Golden Valley in a 6-0 victory Friday.

German Hernandez, Brett Karson, Connor Ashlock, Chris Tumasone, Wade McMillon and Brandon Dooley (two goals) each scored for West Ranch, which improved to 2-0 in league play.

“Everybody (else) was taking Golden Valley for granted by their preleague) record,” said West Ranch head coach Fred McGinn. “But pre(league) is nothing, so the guys didn’t take that as a factor at all. They knew they had to go out and get the job done.”

On Tuesday, they’ll run into fellow Foothill League undefeated Canyon, which beat Valencia 3-1 behind two goals from midfielder Chad Ybarra and a penalty-kick goal from Jorge Navarro.

Elsewhere in  boys soccer, the Hart Indians defeated Saugus 2-0 at Saugus High.

As for the game of the day in boys basketball on Friday, Canyon defeated Valencia 61-47 with senior Clay Kasdorf leading the way with 24 points.

The victory sets up a matchup of two undefeated teams on Tuesday, as West Ranch handled Golden Valley on Friday 82-43.

In a matchup of two teams trying to avoid 0-2 starts in league play, Hart boys basketball took down Saugus 57-53 as Hart sophomore Lewis Stallworth scored a game-high 19 points.

In girls soccer, Saugus continued its dominance in Foothill League play, extending its league unbeaten streak to 16 games with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Hart at Hart High.

West Ranch, which tied Hart 1-1 to open league play on Tuesday, netted its first win in league play with a 1-0 victory over Golden Valley. The Wildcats’ Savannah Tujague scored the game-winner off an assist from Taylor Ayers.

Canyon, coming off a loss to the Centurions on Tuesday, returned to form with a 2-1 victory over Valencia on Friday.

Kaila Sargema scored both goals for the Cowboys, who improved to 1-1 in league play and will travel to West Ranch on Tuesday.

Canyon took a one goal lead when Alissa Munguia created space up front for Sargema who scored from 25-yards out.

“It was a great strike from outside the box,” said Canyon head coach Andy Pringle. “It was a great goal.”

Canyon added to its lead when Sargema knocked in a rebound in the second half.

Valencia would score in the final ten minutes on a goal by Eryn Spencer.

The Cowboys will try to stay on the winning side when they travel to West Ranch on Tuesday.

“I think the girls have a lot of confidence,” Pringle said. “They played the two teams that they were the most worried about this week (in Saugus and Valencia) and next week the girls are already talking about ‘Let’s have a big week.”

Canyon will finish the week with a game at home against Golden Valley.

In girls basketball, it came down to the wire at Canyon High School.

The Cowboys defeated Valencia 52-50 in come-from-behind fashion.

For Saugus, center Megan Dawe led the way with 27 points in a 68-36 victory over Hart on Friday. Kayla Hiller added 12 points and Kayleigh Lau scored eight points.

“Last night we had a solid performance ... We held our turnovers down and shot a good percentage,” said Saugus head coach Kent Eaton.

The Centurions will try to duplicate that performance in their next league game on Tuesday against Valencia.

“(The Vikings are) deep and they can all play,” Eaton said. “I’m expecting another battle. My concern is stopping the 15 foot (jump shots) and keeping (Valencia guard Kalia) Summerlin from having a good game.”

At West Ranch, the Wildcats hosted Golden Valley on Friday, pulling away from the Grizzlies in a 60-47 victory. The game was the first for Golden Valley since head coach Daniel Veluzat resigned on Wednesday. Athletic director Robert Fisher served in the role for the game.

For the Wildcats, Whitney Branham led with 29 points and Melissa Arima pulled down nine rebounds.

In their next games, the Wildcats will travel to Canyon on Tuesday and the Grizzlies play at Hart.

And while there are quality matchups all around the Foothill League, all eyes will be on the Canyon and West Ranch matchups — with boys basketball taking center stage.

The Foothill League preseason favorite’s, Canyon, have risen to the No. 1 ranking in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA poll. But the Wildcats have won at Canyon in each of the last three seasons.

Something has to give Tuesday at Canyon High School.

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