When the girls volleyball season began, many people pegged West Ranch as a team that could end Valencia's seven-year reign atop the Foothill League.
The Saugus girls volleyball team overpowered Golden Valley 3-0 in each team's Foothill League opener Tuesday at Saugus High School.
Valencia, the reigning Foothill League champion for the last seven years, has a stumbling block ahead in 2009.
For Saugus volleyball player Taylor Schubert, there are simply not enough hours in the day. These days she's juggling school, sports and volunteer work on the weekends.
Valencia High has been home to some elite-level baseball players recently.
Santa Clarita Christian School football amassed 520 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground en route to a 66-43 victory over Hesperia Christian Saturday night at Canyon High School.
The Cardinals (2-2) were led by senior running back Collin Keoshian, who piled up 304 yards on 24 carries and tallied six rushing touchdowns. He also caught the Cardinals lone score through the air when he pulled in a pass delivered from quarterback Colin Mayhugh for a 36-yard score in the first quarter.
It appears that the boundaries of Saugus cross country's dominance are expanding.
The Centurions won the girls 3-mile varsity AAA race, led by junior Kaylin Mahoney's individual victory, while the boys team placed third in its respective 3-mile varsity AAA race on Saturday at the 45th McQuaid Jesuit Cross Country Invitational in Genesee Valley Park, Rochester, N.Y.
College of the Canyons football team knew it was going to have to battle in order to beat undefeated Allan Hancock College.
There weren't a lot of big upsets Saturday as Valencia High hosted its 14th annual regional Fall Brawl tennis tournament.
WEST HILLS - The Canyon Cowboys headed to Chaminade, hoping to get their first win of the season.
But Chaminade would have none of it.
Saugus should get a gift receipt for this one.
Taft of Woodland Hills was a giving mood Friday night at Cougar Stadium, committing 17 penalties for 132 yards.
Golden Valley continued to struggle on offense thanks to Serrano's strong defensive effort in a 24-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday at Canyon High.
The Diamondbacks (3-2) entered the game giving up only seven points per contest and controlled the line of scrimmage all night, limiting Golden Valley (0-4) to less that 100 yards of total offense.
PALMDALE - With a bye next week, Hart can now add momentum to its repertoire heading into Foothill League play.
Indians quarterback C.J. Reyes threw three touchdowns, two to wide receiver Ty MacArthur, and Hart's defense forced five turnovers as the Indians beat Paraclete 28-7 in their pre-league finale on Friday at Knight High School in Palmdale.
Valencia has looked like the team to beat in the Foothill League based on pre-league performance.
Santa Monica did nothing to disprove that theory.
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.
When we were lauding J.J. Holen for his performances as a West Ranch High golfer, it was because of the superb golf scores he turned in on a consistent basis from his freshman to senior year.
Understandably, Santa Clarita Christian has no history when it comes to achievements in the pool.
Junior pitcher Sean O'Shea hasn't been used much on the mound this season after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered during football season. But he made the most of his opportunity and led the West Ranch Wildcats out of trouble on Tuesday at Canyon High School and into the win column.
Saugus waited until the end to remove the drama from Tuesday's Foothill League showdown with Canyon at Canyon High School, but when they made their move, they did it in a big way.
It's fitting that Hart High baseball clinched at least a share of the Foothill League championship with a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Saugus Centurions on Tuesday at Hart High School - the Indians first title since 2008.