Nothing was going to stand in the way of Valencia's Foothill League championship hopes on Tuesday.
Going into its game against West Ranch on Tuesday night, the Golden Valley boys basketball team was in a three-way tie for first place in the Foothill League with Canyon and Valencia.
Saugus had a chance to win last Friday, but came up short in the final seconds.
There was only one thing that eluded Saugus girls soccer in its CIF-Southern Section Division II championship season a year ago.
By Perry Smith
The Canyon boys soccer team pounded Valencia's net Tuesday evening but couldn't score a goal.
People hear terms such as "man-to-man," "full-court press" and "box-and-1" when it comes to Foothill League basketball.
West Ranch junior Brady Stuart may have just put himself on college football's national radar.
It couldn't just be simple.
With only one week left in Foothill League play, everything got complicated.
Over the past week, Saugus girls soccer experienced relative difficulty putting the ball in the back of net.
West Ranch and Hart boys soccer battled the elements and each other, but had to settle for a 0-0 tie Friday at West Ranch.
When the Canyon girls basketball team's press defense is effective, the Cowboys are tough to beat.
You'd expect a game between halfcourt-oriented Canyon and Saugus to come down to last-second free throws.
The West Ranch boys basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated the visiting Hart Indians 72-64 Friday night.
The ground shook and with it, the Foothill League has been shaken up in boys basketball.
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.
Valencia boys volleyball showed a propensity for winning close matches during Foothill League play this season.
Hart boys tennis was one set away from a perfect start to the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs, beating the visiting Buena Park High team in the wild-card round on Tuesday.
It's hard not to get wrapped up in watching Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil go.
In every match, every set and every point, Valencia seniors Sam Rebele and Ravi Jayanthi know they have to keep their energy and enthusiasm levels high.
By the end of this week, we could have multiple Foothill League baseball champions.
Last year, we had zero boys golfers advance from the first round of the CIF postseason.
The CIF-Southern Section Division II boys tennis playoffs brackets include four Foothill League teams.