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Archive By Author - Mason Nesbitt


A way-too-early Foothill baseball recap

Saugus senior Jacob Lopez sums up, in some ways, what we've learned about 2016 Foothill League baseball after four games.

March 28, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Annual SCV Hoops Finale set for Saturday night

If you think crisp ball movement, solid screens and lockdown fundamental defense are non-negotiable, then the seventh annual SCV Hoops Finale at Hart High tonight may not be your cup of tea.

March 25, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Hart swim sweeps Valencia

If three years ago you told a local swim fan that Hart had swept a Foothill League dual meet, with any trace of surprise in your voice, they would've looked at you like a hillbilly in some swank New York nightclub.

March 24, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


2016 Foothill League boys swim preview

Thanks to Valencia boys swim's repeat Foothill League title last season, the league's leading storyline remains the same entering 2016: Hart trying to reclaim the crown, Valencia aiming to retain it and the rest of the league jostling for position to challenge one or both of them.

March 23, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


2016 Foothill League girls swim preview

Just like that, as the Foothill League girls' swim calendar turned from 2015 to 2016, the league lost its best swimmer and, arguably, its second best.

March 23, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


West Ranch boys golf named CIF academic champion

Just one Foothill League boys golf match into West Ranch's league-title defense, and the Wildcats have already won a championship. This one, though, is about what they've done in the classroom.

March 23, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Prep baseball roundup: Cents own the 6th

Saugus head coach John Maggiora needed no prompting Tuesday to talk about the sixth inning, a frame his team has scored 11 runs in over its first three Foothill League games.

March 22, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Golden Valley girls swim gets first Foothill League win

Golden Valley girls swim's first-ever Foothill League dual meet win on Tuesday was about instilling a mindset.

March 22, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


2016 Foothill League Boys Tennis Preview

One rival Foothill League boys tennis coach used "landslide" to describe the extent to which West Ranch is the favorite entering the 2016 Foothill League season, which opens today.

March 21, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Hart, Valencia swimming take relays

Hart head swim coach Steve Neale gleaned one major takeaway from the annual Santa Clarita Valley Relays at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center on Friday: Next Thursday's Hart-Valencia Foothill League matchup is going to be big.

March 18, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Valencia baseball beats Saugus in walk-off fashion

This story was two outs from centering on Jacob Lopez's strong start and Saugus' second straight sixth-inning surge.

March 18, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Valencia's Javier Orellana earns Foothill League Player of the Year

The lasting image of Valencia boys soccer's Javier Orellana will be of a player flying to the ball seemingly out of nowhere. Of an athlete darting to the out-of-bounds line to keep the ball in. Of a senior playing all-out soccer.

March 17, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Saugus softball shuts out Granada Hills

A group of Saugus softball players lightly tapped third baseman Ty Cueva on the helmet as she touched home plate.

March 17, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Valencia baseball beats Hart in opener

Valencia High baseball was tied or ahead of Hart entering the fifth inning of each of the teams' three meetings last season, only for the Indians to take the lead in the fifth and win all three.

March 16, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


TMC women's hoops finds way past national 1st round

The Master's College women's basketball team removed a "King Kong sized gorilla" from its back in the first round of the NAIA Division 1 Women's Basketball National Championship in Independence, Missouri on Wednesday.

March 16, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | SCV College Sports


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Articles By Author - Mason Nesbitt


Is Rio a reality for local SCV swimmers?

One of the first questions a Santa Clarita Valley swim fan is likely to ask in light of next week's U.S. Olympic trials ...

June 24, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


More Than an Athlete: Trinity's Noah Peterson and Jessica Eblin

Jeremy Haggerty received the texts before every game during the 2014-2015 season.

June 23, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Valencia resident eats 23-year-old candy bar after NBA Finals

The only thing more surprising than the Cleveland Cavaliers rallying in the NBA Finals to end the city's notorious title drought was the fact ...

June 21, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | Pro Sports News


More Than an Athlete: Valencia High's Kevin Dai

Valencia High swim coach Kathy Rosenast could have gone on for hours about recent graduate Kevin Dai: his numerous Foothill League titles, his all-time league ...

June 20, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Spring All-CIF teams announced

Surprise was a common reaction to this year's All-CIF Southern Section teams. Not that the athletes in question were shocked about being honored, but ...

June 20, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


CIF-SS releases playoff groupings for fall sports

Valencia and Hart high football are now in different CIF-Southern Section playoff divisions. There's a Foothill League team in Division 2, there's one ...

June 17, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


More Than an Athlete: Hart's Daniel Smolsky

The idea that teachers are those who can't do isn't fair to those who do and teach and continue to do.

June 16, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Vereens ready to host local camp for third time

Asked whether his excitement for Shane & Brock Vereen's Playmaker Football Camp had waned at all entering year three, Shane Vereen, a Valencia High graduate ...

June 15, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | Pro Sports News


SCV pros putting on basketball camp and all-star game

Golden Valley High graduate Taylor Statham and Saugus High grad Jawhar Purdy have played against each other at nearly every level: high school, prep school ...

June 14, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Full-time trainers receive rave reviews at SCV schools

Athletic trainer Josh Masmela attended to a Hart High football player with a broken nose, then rushed off to help with a baseball injury, then ...

June 13, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


Hart wins 2016 Saugus Under the Lights Tournament

Hart High football was a different team with a healthy Nick Moore at quarterback last year.

June 11, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


4 with ties to SCV chosen on MLB Draft's final day

Coaches forecast the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft as a quiet year for players with ties to the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 11, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | Pro Sports News


Valencia grad Busfield taken in 7th round of MLB draft

The then-Tampa Bay Devil Rays took a tall right-hander from the Santa Clarita Valley in the 16th round of the 2000 June Amateur Draft. It ...

June 10, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV College Sports


Mason Nesbitt: The case for Fenway

Having just been to baseball's sacred cathedral, having walked Yawkey Way with its hot-dog hawkers and gameday program peddlers, having seen a ball rise ...

June 09, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | Pro Sports News


2016 MLB Draft Preview

At least one player with ties to Valencia High School has been taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft every year since 2004.

June 08, 2016 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Sports Editor | SCV Prep Sports


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