When West Ranch and Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga meet on the football field at 7 p.m. tonight at Valencia High, on paper it will be a matchup of two teams heading in very different directions.
Valencia girls tennis picked up 10 points in a hurry and then added three more for good measure in a 13-4 win against the Indians at Hart High on Thursday.
West Ranch girls volleyball dropped the first game, but responded by winning three straight to beat Saugus 3-1 on Thursday at West Ranch High in a battle of two potential Foothill League title contenders.
Canyon football's pre-Foothill League schedule comes to a close tonight when it takes on Buena of Ventura at 7 p.m. at Harry Welch Stadium.
Valencia High football head trainer Burt Dominguez walks through a field on the north end of campus. He's on his way to a hill at the base of campus where the players are conditioning.
Now the races are starting to heat up.
The Valencia girls tennis team will stay atop the Foothill League standings for one more week with a 12-6 win over West Ranch at Valencia High.
When the girls volleyball season began, many people pegged West Ranch as a team that could end Valencia's seven-year reign atop the Foothill League.
The Saugus girls volleyball team overpowered Golden Valley 3-0 in each team's Foothill League opener Tuesday at Saugus High School.
Valencia, the reigning Foothill League champion for the last seven years, has a stumbling block ahead in 2009.
For Saugus volleyball player Taylor Schubert, there are simply not enough hours in the day. These days she's juggling school, sports and volunteer work on the weekends.
Valencia High has been home to some elite-level baseball players recently.
Santa Clarita Christian School football amassed 520 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground en route to a 66-43 victory over Hesperia Christian Saturday night at Canyon High School.
The Cardinals (2-2) were led by senior running back Collin Keoshian, who piled up 304 yards on 24 carries and tallied six rushing touchdowns. He also caught the Cardinals lone score through the air when he pulled in a pass delivered from quarterback Colin Mayhugh for a 36-yard score in the first quarter.
It appears that the boundaries of Saugus cross country's dominance are expanding.
The Centurions won the girls 3-mile varsity AAA race, led by junior Kaylin Mahoney's individual victory, while the boys team placed third in its respective 3-mile varsity AAA race on Saturday at the 45th McQuaid Jesuit Cross Country Invitational in Genesee Valley Park, Rochester, N.Y.
The Canyon High Cowboys entered Tuesday night's game as favorites over Saugus.
The seniors for the West Ranch Wildcats basketball team made their senior night one to remember.
The Valencia girls basketball team took a beating on Friday against Canyon and took some late hits from Hart on Tuesday, as the game got physical late.
When Hart girls soccer player Sophie Cortes retrieved the ball for teammate Destinney Duron, she gave her a look.
Across the past three years, the Hart High boys soccer team could easily be considered the Foothill League's best team never to win a league title.
Things weren't always this rosy at Hart High School.
The Hart Indians baseball program will hold its annual alumni game this Saturday, and as part of the festivities will induct its latest class to the Hart Baseball Wall of Fame.
Niko Nuyda was there when Canyon soccer was a powerhouse in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Quietly, one of the best rivalries in Santa Clarita Valley sports has been building up for years.
Fair and even competition brings out the best in everyone, but it's taken for granted how hard it is to plan accordingly at the high school level.
Sophie Cortes is hard to spot when the Hart Indians girls soccer team takes the field.
This is West Ranch's M.O. this year, and more often than not the Wildcats are winning because or in spite of it.
It was a completely different game than last time.
On Friday, Hart boys soccer played like a team that wanted to make sure no one could catch up in the Foothill League.
Big players hit big shots in big spots.