It took 16 minutes for the Valencia boys basketball team to shake off the nerves of playoff basketball.
A physical game from start to finish, West Ranch earned itself a spot in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA boys basketball playoffs Wednesday night, winning at Serrano of Phelan 73-46.
It's one thing to talk about taking care of business against an inferior opponent. It's another thing to actually do it.
The 2008-'09 season has been an evolutionary year for Saugus boys soccer.
Two weeks ago, Hart struggled with muddy field conditions in a loss to Canyon.
Prep athletics in the Santa Clarita Valley might avoid the budget ax altogether.
Breaking from usual form, the CIF-Southern Section granted at-large berths Monday to Foothill League teams in boys and girls soccer.
Both, Golden Valley's boys and Hart's girls received bids after finishing fourth this season in league.
For some people, fear drives them to excel.
For Canyon junior goalkeeper Alex Krall, it is a healthy fear and one that is self-imposed.
The 2009 CIF-Southern Section basketball playoff brackets were released Sunday, leaving the Foothill League boys field of teams smiling across the board.
All six schools made it into the boys playoffs, while Saugus, Valencia and West Ranch will represent the league on the girls' side.
At last, Golden Valley has won a Foothill League championship.
The state budget crunch may mean individual schools have to pay for substitute teachers when coaches travel with their teams, missing a day of school, according to some reports Friday.
West Ranch closed the third quarter on a 7-0 run and fended off Golden Valley 50-38 Thursday on senior day.
The Wildcats also clinched third place in the Foothill League, guaranteeing them a spot in the CIF-Southern Section postseason for the first time ever.
Just how costly was the residency falsification that cost the Canyon girls basketball team 10 wins, two players and its head coach?
The final answer came Thursday.
One way or another, Foothill League boys soccer history was going to be made Thursday afternoon at West Ranch High.
As Golden Valley took on West Ranch on the last day of the regular season, the two teams were battling for the final playoff berth from the Foothill League with the winning team advancing to the postseason for the first time in either school's brief history.
Saugus girls basketball needed a little help to earn its second outright Foothill League title in school history, but the Centurions' 50-36 home victory over Hart coupled with Canyon's one-point win against Valencia completed the team's regular season goal.
This also makes it back-to-back titles, as Saugus shared it last season with Hart.
Here is the correct schedule for today in sports in the Santa Clarita Valley. Today marks the first day of Foothill League play for soccer and basketball.
The way last year's Foothill League boys basketball season played out taught an important lesson - pretty much anything can happen.
Come for the basketball, stay for the show.
Led by Offensive Player of the Year honors for Hart senior running back Connor Wingenroth and Coach of the Year honors for Indians head coach Mike Herrington, the Santa Clarita Valley represented itself well with the release of the 2013-14 All-CIF Southern Section Northern Division football selections on Monday.
t's rare to find a year like this in Foothill League girls basketball.
You're going to have to play all 32 minutes of each game.
For Valencia Vikings seniors Sammy Simon, Rebecca Harrison, and Eryn Spencer, the 2013-14 Foothill League girls soccer season was supposed to be their moment.
By all appearances, the Foothill League looks to be a two-horse race with Hart and Valencia, on paper at least, the class of the league entering Foothill League play in 2014.
The trend of Foothill League boys soccer in recent year has been waves of momentum and fast-changing fortunes.
You know you're doing something right as an athlete when you get compared to a comic-book hero.
The Canyon Cowboys girls soccer team came out with a purpose on Thursday night at Canyon High School.
One word says it all about Thursday's inter-Santa Clarita Valley matchup between the Foothill League's Golden Valley Grizzlies and the Heritage League's Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball teams.
Golden Valley boys soccer coach Juan Paolo believes his Grizzlies can make noise in the Foothill League this year, and Wednesday's showing against Santa Paula High at Golden Valley High School in the team's preseason finale will do little to change that belief.
It was pretty obvious early in the Santa Clarita Valley girls golf season that the winds of change had blown in.
It's funny what expectations can do.