Sandwiched between a match last Thursday's match with Saugus and next Tuesday's contest with Hart, CIF-Southern Section Division I-A No. 6 Valencia had what can be characterized as a classic trap game when it traveled to take on upstart Canyon on Thursday night.
The rivalry between West Ranch and Valencia girls tennis looked a little but different when the two met at Valencia High School on Wednesday afternoon.
The three ranked Foothill League teams in action last week ran through all the possible outcomes, with a convincing win, a close loss, and an odd tie.
SIMI VALLEY - When Golden Valley running back Leon Jacobs rumbled 76 yards for a go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter, it looked like it might be the spark plug the Grizzlies needed to upset Simi Valley on Friday night at Simi Valley High School.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the Valencia girls volleyball team wasn't playing the part of the defending champion in its Foothill League opener.
"There's nothing like finding out your 11-year-old son has cancer," Dave Koppenhaver says. "That was the worst thing I've ever heard."
The inaugural Mustang Challenge cross country race hosted by The Master's College at Central Park in Saugus on Saturday afternoon went off about as well as the Mustangs could have hoped.
Santa Clarita Christian seems to have righted the ship after starting the season 1-2, as the Cardinals defeated Keppel on Friday 27-0 to record their second straight shutout victory.
Canyon's Zach Wims knew if he could stay close to the leaders at the first Foothill League cross country meet on Thursday afternoon at Central Park he would have a chance to win down the stretch.
One, by one, by one the vaunted Hart singles lineup did what it was expected to do all along - dominate.
The past few seasons of Foothill League girls tennis have been dominated by one matchup: Valencia vs. West Ranch.
When West Ranch sophomore Julia Lynch arrived as a freshman last season, it was understandable that she felt like she'd have a few years to get accustomed to high school tennis.
Hart head coach Chris Mansfield couldn't remember the last time his team won the Valencia Fall Brawl.
A big second half for Desert College of Palm Desert was too much for the Cougars to overcome, as COC lost its third straight game to open the season.
Cade Apsay threw for 329 yards on 17-of-28 passing attempts with four touchdowns and two interceptions as the Canyon offense once again tried to make up for a struggling defense.
Hart High swimmer Matt Johnson isn't the biggest kid on the deck.
The Santa Clarita Valley has long had a reputation as an area with great athletic promise.
The Santa Clarita Valley is well represented at all levels of the minor leagues this season, as athletes continue their quests for the Major Leagues.
Editor's note: This is the sixth and final in a series of stories in which The Signal recognizes high school athletes whose greatest achievements go well beyond the playing field.
Former Hart baseball player Luke Persico, a senior at Greak Oak High School this season, was selected by the Colorado Rockies in with the 1,099 overall pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Two more Santa Clarita Valley products have been chosen during the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories in which The Signal recognizes high school athletes whose greatest achievements go well beyond the playing field.
Valencia graduate Madison Shipman enjoyed the best season of her college career at the University of Tennessee, and now she's been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
It's hard to ignore the parallelism of it all.
LOS ANGELES - With the sun setting and the lights brightening, a routine fly ball to left caught Cal Poly Mustangs right fielder Nick Torres by surprise in Saturday's NCAA Los Angeles baseball regional at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Canyon High swim team will have a new head coach next season, as the school hired Daniel Neswald to take over for the departed Steve Himes, co-athletic director Scott Arnold confirmed.
West Ranch softball had a long road to climb this season in its quest to repeat as Foothill League champions.
Santa Clarita Christian and Trinity were well represented when the Liberty, Heritage and Omega leagues released their all-league teams for the spring semester.