Make no mistake about it.
Valencia knew its opponent wanted to slow the game down and control the clock by running the ball.
West Ranch needed to play its best football the past two weeks to get into the postseason.
NEWPORT BEACH - It may not have been the type of ending West Ranch girls tennis had hoped for, but in some ways it was fitting.
As Valencia gets deeper into the CIF-Southern Section Division III tennis playoffs, its depth plays an increasing role.
BAKERSFIELD - Everything was going as planned for College of the Canyons football in its regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon.
College of the Canyons football still has hopes of making the Southern California playoffs.
Less than two weeks ago, Valencia lost handily to El Dorado of Placentia in the Redondo Power Classic Tournament.
Saugus' Jaclyn Clark did everything she could to keep her team alive Thursday night.
Canyon and Golden Valley are in very different situations at this point in the football season.
Valencia girls volleyball hasn't lost in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs since 2005.
Coming into the 2010 season, West Ranch head girls volleyball coach Nate Sparks knew his team was young.
The College of the Canyons defense knew it would have to contain the elusive Ventura College quarterback to have a chance to win the game.
College of the Canyons football is predicated on two principles - attitude and effort.
It's nothing spectacular, but it works for Saugus.
The group of girls who anchor Golden Valley's successful track and field team aren't looking for anyone's congratulations.
Among all the chaos of the Foothill League track and field finals, there was a big moment which was somewhat lost in the shuffle.
No matter how the Foothill League shakes out in baseball, the Valencia Vikings may very well enter the postseason as the hottest team.
West Ranch baseball needed a win and West Ranch sophomore Jason Drees needed a hit.
In what was billed as tighter-than-usual competition among the Foothill League track and field contingent, the league finals were every bit as dramatic as expected on Thursday at College of the Canyons.
At this point in the season, no team is looking for style points.
This is Valencia Vikings baseball.
In terms of drama and surprises, the Foothill League prelims aren't usually stocked full of them.
All Valencia High junior Quinton Tilley was trying to do was play a steady round of golf on Monday.
Valencia graduate and professional golfer Max Homa appears to have found his groove again after a rough first few months of the year.
Springtime is usually when local boys volleyball players get to be the center of attention.
College of the Canyons softball needed a big turnaround on Sunday in order to keep its playoff run alive.
For so long, Max Nua was the anonymous little kid wandering around the gym and doing his best to kill time until practice was over.
It's doubtful any athlete grows up wishing he/she could some day compete at a community college.