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.
Earlier in the week, Saugus baseball couldn't get much of anything going offensively against Golden Valley.
It's funny what expectations can do.
In a lot of ways, Brian Zabilski is the perfect representative of a storied Saugus cross country program.
Golden Valley High School officially announced the hiring of Dan Kelley as its new varsity head football coach on Monday.
Hart senior guard Lewis Stallworth issued a verbal commitment to the University of Texas at El Paso on Sunday.
In a league and a sport usually dominated by seniors who work their way up the ranks, Valencia junior Lindsey Knudsen was an early bloomer.
Hart quarterback Brady White was named to the MaxPreps.com 2013 Junior All-American Football Team on Friday.
Schools are out for break and Foothill League play for winter sports is still a couple weeks away.
The Santa Clarita Valley's football culture extends beyond the tradition of the Foothill League, and there are a handful of professional athletes to show for it.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks lost No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford to a lower-body injury three weeks ago, forcing the Stanley Cup champions to hand the net over to an untested rookie from Finland.
What you don't hear are the stories of the guys who are grinding their way through the lower levels and trying to make a name for themselves.
Ilya Ilyayev went off for 33 points to lead an efficient offensive effort by College of the Canyons men's basketball on Saturday night in the Cougar Holiday Classic semifinals.
Guards Myles Franklin and Lewis Stallworth gave the Hart Indians boys basketball team a needed spark on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Hart Holiday Classic at Hart High.
The promising start to the season for Golden Valley boys soccer took a wrong turn on Saturday, but there are still encouraging signs for this up-and-coming team.
At this point in the season when things hit a lull, College of the Canyons men's basketball will take any kind of win it can get.
Forget the Oscars and the Emmys. We at The Signal are going to provide you with the best year-end awards of them all with The Siggies, which will cover the best of Santa Clarita Valley sports in 2013.