ST. LOUIS (AP) - Adam Wainwright held the hug with catcher Yadier Molina a few extra seconds, soaking in his latest pressure-packed performance for the St. Louis Cardinals.
At this point, Golden Valley girls golf has the lead and will need to close things out on Oct. 22 and 23 in the final two league matches in order to win its first Foothill League championship.
It's not often an athlete truly comes out of nowhere to the surprise of rival players and coaches around the valley.
For both the Foothill and Bay leagues, last week's games were the final tuneup before league play, and the leagues' two top teams sit at the top of the latest CIF-Southern Section Northern Division rankings.
Tevon Priestley wanted to get under the wide receiver's skin.
In a game that looked like two teams that didn't have much time to prepare for one another, Viewpoint used a strong third quarter and held off a late Cardinals' surge in a 24-14 victory at Canyon High School.
It was clear from the start what kind of day it would be for the Trinity Knights when they hosted the Ojai Valley Spuds on Saturday at Ojai Valley High School.
CAMARILLO - Down by four points with 3:23 remaining in the fourth quarter, Saugus Centurions running back Blake Austin dove over right tackle at the 1-yard line to give his team what appeared to be a game-clinching first-and-goal opportunity against a reeling Camarillo Scorpions football team.
CHATSWORTH - For at least one night this season, the Golden Valley Grizzlies football team can feel like a perennial powerhouse.
One week after surrendering more points than it had in its first three games combined, the motivated Canyon defense bolstered the Cowboys to a 28-0 win over the Steele Canyon Cougars on Friday, some 175 miles from home in Spring Valley.
SANTA MONICA - The Hart Indians faced another challenge on Friday night, and they didn't flinch.
VALLEY GLEN - The Loyola Cubs may have dominated time of possession, but it was a span of just 32 seconds that decided their game with the Valencia Vikings on Friday night at Los Angeles Valley College.
Canyon (3-1) at Steele Canyon (2-2)
This was the first one.
Valencia girls volleyball marched into Golden Valley's gym, played three efficient games and then quickly shuffled out.
After winning by an average of 43 points, The Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team cruised past the first two rounds of the CIF-Southern Section Division VI playoffs.
It doesn't seem like anything can faze this Hart High boys soccer team.
Game tape, stats and word of mouth serve as many teams' scouting reports come the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.
What did Valencia boys soccer achieve in 2014?
As historical wins go, this one won't go into the ultra-dramatic category.
Canyon Cowboys girls basketball senior Monica Friedl said the team feels invincible since its win over Valencia two weeks ago.
The side door of Hart High's gymnasium is rarely, if ever, open during games.
The tears weren't so much about an end, but about what should have been.
The biggest message Golden Valley girls basketball head coach Kerri Garland tried to convey to her team was how good they were.
The West Ranch Wildcats boys basketball team was hot to end the regular season.
QUARTZ HILL - As Rocket Collins sat on the bench in pre-game warmups, the Valencia Vikings boys basketball head coach had an inkling that one of his players was about to have a big night.
Trinity Classical Academy boys basketball hit the century mark in points for the first time in school history and won by 45 points.
The Canyon Cowboys took it to Loara High of Anaheim on the road on Friday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs.
The Canyon Cowboys girls soccer team will think about this one for a while.
Down by one early and maybe too close for comfort at halftime, the Hart Indians pulled away Friday at Hart High and defeated the Beckman High Patriots of Irvine 92-61 in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division IIA playoffs.