It's starting to look familiar. The 2007 CIF-Southern Section Division I champion Valencia Vikings softball team is one step closer to another championship. The Vikings advanced to the semifinals with a shut-out defeat over Corona 5-0 at Valhalla field.
With the amount of success the Saugus High School girls cross country team has enjoyed over the last couple of years (two straight state titles), translating into further success with runners on the track and field team, the school's athletic identity has been its running program.
The top-seeded Valencia Vikings advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division II Championship with a four game victory over Dos Pueblos, 25-16, 25-14, 23-25, 25-19. The Vikings improve to 34-2 with the victory.
Somebody had to go home.
Valencia vs. Simi Valley
The 2008 Track and Field Masters meet will be held Friday in Cerritos and the Foothill League will see some of its top athletes competing.
Hart vs. Norco
It was a battle of the mound in Tuesday's second round playoff match-up between Valencia and Lakewood, with the Vikings shutting out the Lancers 4-0.
If you look back at the last two deep playoff runs for Hart baseball, the reason for much of the success has been the team's pitching.
In 1999, Hart had a dominant pair of pitchers in Jamie Shields and Justin Wiley that led the Indians to the CIF-Southern Section Division II title.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS - There is a ton of motivation going forward for three local prep golfers after Monday's CIF-Southern Section Individual Final at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs.
One consistently stellar golfer tied for first place, but couldn't take the title in a playoff.
• Four two years, Josh Corralles battled to become a pitcher that colleges wanted. Now he's facing an even bigger challenge.
For Santa Clarita Christian's baseball team it was a test of tenacity when it faced Notre Dame in the first round of postseason action on Friday.
When you lose just five games all year, being down 3-0 can seem foreign. But the defending CIF Champion Valencia softball team has seen it all before. The Vikings (25-5-1) rallied and walked off with a 4-3 win over Oxnard (16-12), on a walk-off sacrifice fly Friday afternoon.
Sure it's a dated motto, but in Hart softball's case, it was apropos Friday.
At the beginning of the season, Saugus' principal told baseball coach John Maggiora that in the history of the program, the team has averaged 17 wins a year. After falling to Norco 5-2 Thursday afternoon, the Centurions finished the season with, you got it, 17 wins.
NEWBURY PARK - Canyon girls head basketball coach Chuck Johns pondered the question on if his team overachieved this season for a second after its 51-37 loss to the Newbury Park Panthers on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs.
The veterans got the best of the rookies in the first-ever CIF lacrosse meeting between two Santa Clarita high schools.
At this point in the playoffs, nothing comes easy.
SANTA ANA - From the first shot Hart High put up Friday night at Foothill High School in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIA quarterfinals, something was off.
On the wettest day Southern California has seen in months, the Canyon High Cowboys stuck with the theme and made it rain from the three-point line in their 84-53 win over visiting Elsinore High in Friday's quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs.
Nothing was going to get in the way of the Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team against the Laguna Blanca Owls of Santa Barbara in the CIF-Southern Section Division VI semifinals.
The Hart High girls soccer team will have to wait at least one more day for its quarterfinal match against CIF-Southern Section Division II -No. 1 seeded Sunny Hills, after today's scheduled game was postponed due to weather.
West Ranch senior right-handed pitcher Jake Bird verbally committed to UCLA baseball this week.
Losing in the playoffs is a hard pill to swallow.
Saugus High varsity boys basketball coach Derek Ballard was fired on Thursday.
Coming off its first ever postseason victory, the Golden Valley Grizzlies girls basketball held a lead at halftime against the North High Saxons of Torrance.
Heartbreaking losses to Canyon and Hart late in the Foothill League season ended the Valencia Vikings girls soccer team's hopes of winning a league title.
This year, Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer has put together the ideal formula.
One year from now, things could be much different for Hart High girls basketball.
This feels like home for Canyon girls basketball, especially for one player.