Valencia girls volleyball head coach Ray Sanchez couldn't help but laugh.
With a three-hour bus ride before its postseason opener, the Santa Clarita Christian girls volleyball team could have come out flat.
West Ranch girls volleyball advanced to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs for a second straight year with a three-set win over Calvary Chapel 28-26, 25-21, 28-26 Tuesday at West Ranch.
Some league races in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division are basically over heading into the final week of the regular season.
The CIF-Southern Section released brackets Monday for girls tennis and 8-Man Football.
The ride continues.
Local girls volleyball teams now know who they'll be playing in the first round of the CIF postseason.
The Santa Clarita Christian football team entered Heritage League play with sub-.500 record, banged-up and struggling to score after a 48-0 mercy-rule loss Oct. 10 to Windward.
Not an off night from the star running back. Not a swell of penalties. Not even the defending league champions.
Nothing could keep Valencia from clinching at least a share of the Foothill League championship.
West Ranch football was right there.
Trading blows with tradition-rich Hart into the second half Friday night at Valencia High.
Something had to give as Canyon and Golden Valley football squared off in a matchup of two teams looking for their first win of the season.
Whatever was holding the Cowboys back entering the contest promptly fell by the wayside.
Just when things were starting to turn around for Saugus football, they go back the other way.
Not only are the Centurions, who have won two straight games after losing five in a row, playing highly touted Valencia tonight at 7:30 at College of the Canyons, but they have also lost their starting quarterback for the season.
Valencia girls volleyball finished off an eighth straight Foothill League championship season with a three-set win over Golden Valley on Thursday at home, 25-10, 25-16, 25-12.
The victory clinched an outright league crown for the Vikings (15-9, 9-1).
Golden Valley and Canyon will both be looking for their first win tonight, but the two schools enter the game on very different notes.
The Grizzlies lost to Saugus last week but scored 26 points in the second half, which is more than they had scored all season.
It's hard to imagine there being much left to prove at the high school level for Saugus junior swimmer Abbey Weitzeil.
Any path through CIF-Southern Section Division I is going to be difficult, and that's the case for the four Foothill League teams that made it into the postseason.
Welcome to stage one of the high school track and field postseason.
This is uncharted waters for Santa Clarita Christian.
In just a 10-minute stretch of the West Ranch boys tennis team's match against Santa Monica High, the Wildcats lost the momentum they had been building in this playoff run.
An up-and-down season for the Valencia Vikings boys tennis team finished with an up-and-down day.
With the history of the Santa Clarita Valley's last softball dynasty hanging from the scoreboard behind them, the West Ranch Wildcats put an exclamation point on their third straight Foothill League title on Thursday at Valencia High School.
Heading into the last game of the regular season, the Valencia Vikings needed two things to happen to become co-Foothill League champions: take care of business against Golden Valley, and a Hart loss to Saugus.
Two of the Foothill League's best pitchers faced off at Saugus High on Thursday, but the game didn't play out like a pitchers' duel.
To say Canyon baseball's season has been frustrating is an understatement.
Canyon, for all intents and purposes, knew it was locked into the Foothill League's fourth place entering Thurday's regular season finale with Hart at Canyon High School.
The two remaining Foothill League teams in the CIF-Southern Section Division II Boys Tennis Championships caught a bit of a break on Thursday.
History continues to repeat itself when Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil dives into the water at the CIF-Southern Section Division I prelims, which took place Thursday at the Riverside Aquatics Complex ahead of Saturday's final.
One win away from a co-Foothill League title, Saugus left little doubt about its chances on Thursday afternoon at Golden Valley High School.
The freshmen were shining again for the West Ranch boys tennis team in its match against St. Margaret's High on Wednesday.