Hart boys volleyball would have had to play nearly perfect to beat the top seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.
When it comes to playoffs, teams often have to face unfamiliar opponents, which makes in-game adjustments paramount.
Damage control was the name of the game for West Ranch baseball.
West Ranch boys tennis, sporting different doubles teams than usual, focused on hitting solid serves and high-percentage shots in Wednesday's CIF-Southern Section Division II first-round playoff match.
Golden Valley boys volleyball coach Jeff Cody didn't spend too much time being frustrated.
The scene of Valencia boys volleyball players doing handstands and playing "Duck, Duck, Goose" during a break in the action told the story.
Competing in Foothill League tennis at the varsity level is no picnic.
It was a battle between two upstart programs, but only Trinity Classical Academy baseball is competing for a playoff spot.
This is starting to look routine for Canyon baseball.
Jason Ferlianto had plenty of reasons for wanting to win the Foothill League boys tennis singles championship.
Last time Golden Valley and Hart boys volleyball met on the court, it was over quickly.
Not everyone was playing in their usual spots at the Foothill League boys tennis prelims.
One goal down, two to go.
Scott Kerrigan wasn't supposed to be sitting in the dugout the whole season.
Coming into its regular season finale, The Master's College baseball team knew it didn't have a chance to qualify for the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament.
It was only a routine summer league high school basketball tournament, but Megan Lindsley wasn't letting up a bit.
The way the Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team sees it, every extra game they get to play is a bonus.
On the heels of one of the most impressive basketball seasons in College of the Canyons history, sophomore Keke Mathews earned two major honors this week.
After 28 games, four months and a whole lot of historical accomplishments, Hart girls soccer didn't quite have the energy for one more rally.
Hart boys basketball wasn't just the best team in the Foothill League this year. It was dominant.
Canyon and Valencia girls basketball were split right down the middle this season.
SANTA ANA - The significance of Saturday's game was not lost on Santa Clarita Christian's athletic department.
Two Santa Clarita Valley basketball teams will have a chance to play for a state championship.
The season will continue for at least one more game for Hart High girls soccer, which earned a No. 5 seed in the CIF Southern California Regional Division II Soccer Championship.
SANTA ANA - Trinity Classical Academy sophomore Ian Caddow said he hadn't felt fully healthy all season long.
A picture hangs on the wall of James Mosley's office at Santa Clarita Christian School recognizing the school's 2009-10 boys basketball team.
Even with the magnitude of its upcoming game, Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball can't consider this a David vs. Goliath situation.
ANAHEIM - Don't expect the Canyon boys basketball team to say they were just happy to be here.
The Hart High boys soccer team advanced to the CIF quarterfinals only twice since 1983.
It's a perfect contrast.