A small crowd files into a cramped gymnasium as a high school boys basketball game is set to tip off.
The stands are mostly filled by parents and family, with a few students peppered throughout. The visiting team just traveled an hour and a half to arrive, and the game begins with little fanfare.
West Ranch girls basketball's run in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs came to an end Saturday night, falling 53-38 to Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach at West Ranch High in the second round.
Valencia girls basketball took the battle of Valencias Saturday night, dropping Valencia of Placentia 58-47 at home to advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs.
Newbury Park got 15 points from center Doris Park-Sherman in the third quarter and the Panthers ousted Saugus 69-53 Saturday at Newbury Park High School in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIA playoffs.
Friday night, Hart rebounded, hustled and played good team defense.
West Ranch continued its run through the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA boys basketball playoffs Friday with a physical win over Valencia of Placentia 77-56 at home.
Golden Valley head basketball coach Chris Printz was pretty incredulous after Friday's road matchup with Brea Olinda in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIIA playoffs.
In the past, Valencia was not known for its lock-down play, but the Vikings turned on the defense Friday night at Katella of Anaheim, winning 39-38 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA boys basketball playoffs.
West Ranch boys soccer was eliminated from the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs Friday after a 1-0 loss at Montclair Prep.
The Cavaliers (21-1-2) tallied the game's only goal in the 15th minute and fended off several Wildcat (11-7-5) attempts in the final 60 minutes.
Manny Padron snuck a shot into the net in the 109th minute Friday and Saugus opened the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs on the road with a 2-1 victory over Paramount.
After tying 1-1 through the end of regulation, neither team scored in the first two overtime sessions. The game then moved to a pair of sudden death overtime periods, and Padron scored late in the first.
With the game on the line, Canyon's chance to advance to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III boys soccer playoffs rested on Cowboys sophomore Jordan Markovich.
The goalkeeper diving right, Markovich sent the ball low, left and to the back of the net in the 80th minute, giving Canyon a 1-0 win over Lynwood at Harry Welch Stadium on Friday.
Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer's second time in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs ended in heartbreak Thursday.
Valencia overcame a jumpy start and got 17 points and 17 rebounds from Starla Wright in a 63-40 victory over Pioneer Valley Thursday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs.
Canyon left little in doubt during its first-round CIF-Southern Section Division II playoff game against Burroughs Thursday.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Blame was never an option.
Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang helped extend what has been a yearlong barrage of milestones for the school's golfing program.
One of Major League Baseball's biggest stories last week was Valencia High graduate and Detroit Tigers infielder Danny Worth pitching twice and displaying an impressive knuckleball.
It's been one of those anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better seasons for Valencia junior Kyle Ensing.
A year ago it all looked like the tide was shifting among the local high school volleyball scene.
There are no more.
NORWALK – The Santa Clarita Valley's CIF title drought – if you can call it that – is over in track and field.
The headliner for Saugus softball all season has been in the pitcher's circle.
The Santa Clarita Valley has a pretty good track record at the CIF-Southern Section track and field finals – forgive the pun.
Just when it appeared the ghosts of the Valencia's postseason past were looming over Valencia High on Friday, the fears of the Viking faithful were abruptly put to rest.
The end of the era could have been at the plate with Nick Valaika up in the bottom of the seventh inning and his Hart Indians down six runs to Orange Lutheran in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs on Friday.
Valencia High School could only hold off construction of its new turf field for so long.
The Santa Clarita Christian baseball team has to be wondering when it will get a real test this season.
We've sort of neglected the play of Saugus' Braden and Aden combo because of two other great Foothill League stories this year - Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang's ascension to the top of the Foothill League and Hart's displacing six-time champion West Ranch as league champion.
West Ranch didn't expect to see its season end so early.