When it comes to postseason baseball the old saying is that "pitching wins championships." Tuesday, Saugus proved that defense may be just as important.
Nine area baseball and softball teams will be heading to the postseason as the CIF-Southern Section released its playoff brackets on Monday. The Foothill League will be sending four teams in each sport to the Division I brackets, including a team in each from Hart, Saugus and Valencia.
The Foothill League's Most Valuable Player ended his prep golf career Monday, but the future immediately grabbed his torch. Underclassmen J.J. Holen of West Ranch and Jonathan Chang of Valencia posted impressive scores Monday at Sterling Hills Golf Course in Camarillo at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Individual Regional and advanced, along with Valencia senior Alex Macaluso, to the May 26 CIF-SS Individual Finals and SCGA qualifier.
The Santa Clarita Christian softball team has officially made the CIF-Southern Section Division VII postseason, and the Cardinals had to overcome adversity to do it. Starting catcher and co-captain Christine Kash has been out since breaking her finger during practice on May 7, and the team struggled in a loss to Providence the day after. But Santa Clarita Christian closed the season with dominant victories over Los Angeles Lutheran and Hillcrest Christian, and finished 12-6 ...
Saugus' Tiara Wells will attend California State University, Chico, while Nicole Hicks will head to San Francisco State University.
A lot of children grow up dreaming of playing the sport they love for their ideal school. Not many of them make it a reality before their junior season of high school is over. But then again, most high school softball players don't nearly hit .500 for an entire season like Canyon catcher Brittany Williams.
MOORPARK- The Saugus track team backed up its Foothill League title with an impressive showing at the CIF-Southern Section Division II prelims.
2009 was another successful season for Valencia boys tennis, but Saturday it ended just like the 2008 campaign, at the hands of perennial powerhouse Palm Desert.
The team careers of the two most successful boys tennis singles players in West Ranch history came to a close Saturday as the Wildcats fell 12-6 at home to Brentwood in the CIF-Southern Section Division II second round match.
A total of five local athletes will take part in next weekend's CIF-Southern Section Division I finals, while Golden Valley high jumper Tessy Sproul qualified for the CIF-SS Division III finals.
None of the Valencia High boys volleyball team's current players were credited with a single statistic during last year's run to a CIF-Southern Section Division II championship.
With Hart baseball up nine runs in the middle innings Friday at West Ranch in a Foothill League finale, talk in the Indians' dugout swirled around on how second baseman Spenser Souza would complete his cycle.
Saddleback of Santa Ana played an efficient game and defeated Saugus 3-1 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II boys volleyball playoffs Friday at Saddleback High School.
Hart boys volleyball's run into the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs ended at Westlake Friday.
WALNUT – It would be an understatement to say that Foothill League swimming represented well in its first year back in the CIF-Southern Section Division I, particularly Hart and senior Jordan Danny.
At this point, Golden Valley girls golf has the lead and will need to close things out on Oct. 22 and 23 in the final two league matches in order to win its first Foothill League championship.
It's not often an athlete truly comes out of nowhere to the surprise of rival players and coaches around the valley.
For both the Foothill and Bay leagues, last week's games were the final tuneup before league play, and the leagues' two top teams sit at the top of the latest CIF-Southern Section Northern Division rankings.
It was clear from the start what kind of day it would be for the Trinity Knights when they hosted the Ojai Valley Spuds on Saturday at Ojai Valley High School.
CAMARILLO - Down by four points with 3:23 remaining in the fourth quarter, Saugus Centurions running back Blake Austin dove over right tackle at the 1-yard line to give his team what appeared to be a game-clinching first-and-goal opportunity against a reeling Camarillo Scorpions football team. But on a windy Friday night when offense was in short supply, the Scorpions defense held Saugus just short enough - squashing the Centurions' desperate comeback bid with ...
CHATSWORTH - For at least one night this season, the Golden Valley Grizzlies football team can feel like a perennial powerhouse.
One week after surrendering more points than it had in its first three games combined, the motivated Canyon defense bolstered the Cowboys to a 28-0 win over the Steele Canyon Cougars on Friday, some 175 miles from home in Spring Valley.
SANTA MONICA - The Hart Indians faced another challenge on Friday night, and they didn't flinch.
VALLEY GLEN - The Loyola Cubs may have dominated time of possession, but it was a span of just 32 seconds that decided their game with the Valencia Vikings on Friday night at Los Angeles Valley College. Valencia fumbled the kickoff after Loyola had regained the lead late in the third quarter, and Cubs running back Nico Evans punched in his fourth of five rushing touchdowns on the night in an eventual 39-20 victory. "The ...
Canyon (3-1) at Steele Canyon (2-2)
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Valencia girls volleyball marched into Golden Valley's gym, played three efficient games and then quickly shuffled out.
Three football coaches with Santa Clarita Valley ties are part of a poll to determine the best coach in the state of California.