Four local players were honored on the All-CIF Southern Section volleyball teams, which were released earlier this week. Three of the players hailed from Santa Clarita Christian, including senior outside hitter Kristina Gibson and senior middle blockers Kaley Morrison and Karla Eberlein. The only Foothill League honoree was Valencia junior middle blocker Katie Hank.
There was a lot of motivation going around in the Foothill League after The Signal's Winter Sports Previews, which ran from Saturday through Tuesday. We're not taking credit for anything, but certainly those editions rubbed some local athletes the wrong way.
Golden Valley looked impressive in the pre-league season, but the Grizzlies still had to hear about how they hadn't won a league game in almost two years. Not anymore.
If Tuesday night was any indication, we are in for an exciting 2009 Foothill League girls basketball season. Saugus shocked Valencia at Valencia High 55-53 in a 32-minute battle of wills.
The Canyon boys soccer team had a sack full of motivation coming into its league opener at West Ranch High. In typical fashion, Cowboys head coach Khris Savage took every opportunity to use it.
There's an imaginary geographical line that separates part of the Santa Clarita Valley. That line indicates whether one plays basketball for Saugus or Valencia high schools. It's a very thin marker, considering the rivalry these two teams fought down to the wire last season, with the Vikings grabbing the league crown by just one game.
The Valencia girls soccer team opened Foothill League play with an emphatic statement Tuesday, storming into Saugus and scoring four goals before the first half was even 20 minutes old. The Vikings ended up with a 4-2 victory.
With only 10 league games, you must defend your home court. That was the point made by West Ranch Tuesday in its Foothill League-opening 61-49 victory against Canyon at West Ranch High.
At this time last year, the Golden Valley boys soccer team began to dig itself a hole. Chances are the Grizzlies are much happier with this season's start.
The explanation as to why he loves the game is hard to come by. Simply, Trevor Wiseman just likes to hear the ripping sound as a basketball travels through a net.
For years, Foothill League boys basketball has had a definitive upper tier. But the talent seems to be spread across the league this season, and because of the parity, 2009 could be a different from the past.
The road to a Foothill League championship in girls basketball has gone through Newhall Avenue. Hart High has won seven straight titles, including a share of the crown last year with Saugus.
Hart High head basketball coach Zach Koebel goes one-on-one with a select few of his players at practice. Megan Ford, now a center at Cal Poly Pomona, was one of his favorites last year in his first season leading the Indians.
Talk to any coach and they will tell you the same thing. Whoever finishes as the league champions will have been the last team standing.
As Erin Ortega goes, so does Saugus. In her fourth year on the Centurions' varsity squad, the senior has done whatever it takes for the team to be successful. It is because of that attitude that she will spend her second consecutive season as a team captain. "They follow her lead, and that is good because she never lets down," says head coach Lisa Rollo. And 2009 is no different. Coming into the season, Ortega ...
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.
Neither team was going to come out of Tuesday's Foothill League girls volleyball opener with style points.
West Ranch's versatility was on display Tuesday afternoon.
Year in and year out, depth is what separates the pack in Foothill League girls golf.
The Foothill League continues to have a significant impression on the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division poll.
If the strength of the Foothill League were to be based solely on the number of returning starters, it would be a rough year for girls volleyball in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Whenever times get tough, Haley Lind's mom always reminds her of that winter in Colorado Springs.