Day one of the Foothill League girls tennis finals went as expected at The Paseo Club on Wednesday, with the favorites rolling and only two of the 24 matches requiring a decisive third set.
If one Santa Clarita Valley athlete could make a team event about an individual, it's Golden Valley High junior golfer Elisa Pierre.
At this point in the season, Hart girls volleyball players feel like they'll eventually figure out how to crack any opponent.
Not one football team in the CIF-Southern Section West Valley Division top 10 lost this week.
On one hand, you have the future of Santa Clarita Valley girls golf with fast-rising West Ranch freshman Mack Bailey.
Santa Clarita Christian head football coach Garrick Moss summed it up in one sentence after Saturday's game.
Usually, there's a certain allure to the biggest high school cross country meet in the country.
LOS ANGELES - Animo Leadership would have had trouble keeping up with Trinity Classical Academy had they played a mistake-free game on Saturday night at Locke High School.
Sifting through all this dirty yellow laundry to find the one missing piece of information that matters is tough.
The way Valencia is playing, you'd think the Vikings were ready to win their sixth straight Foothill League title.
Unlike their first two Foothill League games of the season, the Hart Indians didn't need a second half comeback to earn a victory on Friday night at Canyon High School.
Santa Clarita Christian girls volleyball beat crosstown rival Trinity Classical Academy on Thursday 3-2 in a Heritage League match.
The Valencia High girls volleyball team lacked energy and intensity in its first two games against Saugus High Thursday night - similar to its opening games last week against Hart. But the Vikings were aware of the problem, Valencia's Lindsey Knudsen said, and they ran away with game three for a 3-0 win by scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-17.
There haven't been any major surprises yet in Foothill League play. But there are some trends worth keeping an eye on.
In a nearly identical match to the one the two teams played just over two weeks ago, the Valencia Vikings edged the Hart Indians 10-8 and clinched the 2014 Foothill League girls tennis title outright on their home court.
What does determination look like?
Not many expected the young and inexperienced West Ranch boys basketball team to be a serious threat in the Foothill League this season - the Wildcats have only four seniors on the roster.
After nearly two years of Foothill League futility, Saugus boys basketball isn't about to be picky about the way its losing streak finally ends.
If momentum was what the Valencia Vikings boys basketball team was looking for early in a critical week, the jury's out on if they got it Tuesday.
The Foothill League girls soccer standings are tight.
Francisco Perez was an absolute menace to the West Ranch Wildcats' defense on Tuesday at West Ranch High School.
Youth has caused one of the Santa Clarita Valley's most prolific goal scorers to change her game a bit this season and become more defensive-minded.
There is a method behind the madness of Brendan Moskal.
To get himself going prior to games, West Ranch High senior basketball player Ryan Beddeo will plug his bud headphones into his ears.
It might have seemed crazy for Trinity Classical Academy, a school of just over 120 high school students, to schedule Foothill League teams Canyon, Valencia, West Ranch and Golden Valley the past two seasons.
There was no pomp and circumstance whatsoever for Chad Phillips in his return to Canyon High School, the place where he coached for 12 successful years.
After a hard-fought loss to Canyon on Tuesday, West Ranch boys basketball head coach Shant Bicakci knew his team would need a victory against the Saugus Centurions Friday night to remain tied atop the Foothill League standings.
It was a clash of different styles on Friday at Saugus High School but in the end, neither proved superior, as the Saugus Centurions and West Ranch Wildcats played to a 1-1 draw.
If Canyon girls basketball needed a game to prove it's officially back on track, this was it.
Having a deep bench may not guarantee the Hart Indians boys basketball team back-to-back Foothill League championships, but it can sure get them close.