IRVINE - For a program like Valencia boys volleyball, watching a season come to an end in any match other than a CIF championship is a disappointment.
All it takes is a couple of points and it can all come tumbling down.
It sounded easy enough on paper.
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.
All of a sudden West Ranch boys golf is looking vulnerable.
All they wanted to do was get into the playoffs.
Can you consider one nonwinning year a drought?
Sunday will be a memorable day for Valencia graduate Alison Lee for a lot of different reasons.
Canyon High senior Cole Mears has always considered himself a utility player.
This is a good time of year for College of the Canyons softball.
For track and field coaches, it's always a balancing act between worrying about winning team competitions and figuring out how to keep their best athletes ready for the end of the season.
Saugus boys volleyball isn't going away quietly after falling short to Valencia earlier in the week.
A lot of weight was on the shoulders of a select number of athletes for Golden Valley girls track and field.