Welcome to "Around the Divisions." Every Tuesday, you will become educated about the competition outside the Foothill League. We'll give you a breakdown of the top teams, based off of CIF-Southern Section polls, competing in the same divisions as the Foothill League teams. So when it comes to playoff time, you will know who to look out for. We debut this week with a look at boys basketball. There are five Foothill teams that are currently ranked in the Southern Section. They play in four different divisions. Here's how the top three teams in each division look.
AZUSA - Etiwanda scored a big victory against Golden Valley - but the Eagles sure had to work for it.
The Golden Valley Grizzlies have heard the rap. They have to outscore everyone. They can't play defense.
It sure didn't look that way in the second half against Valencia.
It took a while but West Ranch finally broke through against Hart in boys basketball.
For the first time in school history, the Wildcats defeated the Indians, topping Hart 86-77 at West Ranch High on Friday night.
Three games into the Foothill League boys soccer season, the Saugus Centurions had yet to hold a lead in a Foothill League soccer game - yet they were undefeated in league play.
In their fourth game, the Centurions finally took a lead and maintained their undefeated record by winning their first league game 3-2 over Canyon at Saugus High on Friday afternoon.
After trailing most of the game, Canyon rode a fourth-quarter comeback to pick up its first win, 63-58, Friday at home against Saugus.
Given how West Ranch has had trouble scoring in Foothill League play, Friday's game against Hart must have felt like a huge sigh of relief.
Saugus girls basketball continued its winning ways Friday at Canyon, maintaining its perfect run in the Foothill League with a 62-49 win.
The weather was giving everyone fits Friday afternoon at Saugus High.
Unable to predict how the ball would react to the wet surface, passes skipped around as players slid across the field.
His mother was sick of the fighting. Even if he was just evening the score by bloodying a bully in the fifth grade, Bino Horne had to do something more productive.
The West Ranch girls basketball team pulled off the shock of the Winter Foothill League sports season by defeating Valencia Tuesday night 64-57.
It was shocking because the Wildcats, in four seasons, have never beaten a Foothill foe except for Golden Valley.
Eight members of the Foothill League were honored as All-CIF-Southern Section Northern Division selections last week, while eight members of Santa Clarita Christian were named to the All-CIF-SS Eight-Man Football team from Division I.
Headlining the honors were Saugus quarterback Desi Rodriguez, who was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Northern Division; SCCS running back Collin Keoshian, who was the Player of the Year from Eight-Man Division I; and Cardinals head coach Garrick Moss, as the Coach of the Year.
Tuesday's matchup between the Foothill League's two unbeaten teams turned into the thriller everyone expected.
With two teams trying to prove the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, one team also showed its still alive in the race for a Foothill League title.
The intensity in the Hart versus Canyon girls soccer contest Tuesday may have matched its rivalry-game level, but the goal totals didn't.
The season after football season is in full swing - the recruiting season.
If you haven't had a chance to catch the Albert Einstein Academy Rockets varsity boys basketball team this season, you are missing out on "an exciting brand of basketball where we score a lot of points," according to Einstein head coach Greg Patterson.
That coveted first Foothill League win of the season can sometimes be the toughest one.
The Valencia girls soccer team capitalized on rival Canyon's mistakes, and because of it the Vikings survived on Tuesday evening at Canyon High School.
If this is Valencia Vikings boys basketball, Foothill League favorite Hart will have its hands full on Friday.
Last year was the first indication that Valencia Vikings girls basketball might be gaining ground on the Canyon Cowboys.
The Hart Indians boys basketball team is tough to beat.
Saugus Centurions goalkeeper Noah Maynard was happy to declare his feelings after an emotional Foothill League win.
After a long, thought-out process and a long, successful high school career, Connor Wingenroth has finally decided where he'll continue his football endeavors.
If the West Ranch Wildcats boys basketball team hopes to three-peat as Foothill League champions, it will have to do so without some of the standout players that helped build the program's winning foundation.
Hart High boys basketball head coach Tom Kelly made sure there was no letdown against Saugus.
As long as Paige Nealy and Sandra Ikeora were in the game, Valencia girls basketball was going to be just fine.
No matter how many loose balls went against them or how many shots they missed, the Valencia Vikings boys basketball team never strayed from the plan.
The Canyon Cowboys boys basketball team made only two baskets in the fourth quarter.
Just when it looked like the Canyon Cowboys and West Ranch Wildcats were headed for a draw on Friday night at Canyon High School, the Cowboys' Vanessa Quintero changed everything on one strike.