Santa Clarita Christian came out pumped for its Heritage League opener.
Santa Clarita Christian knew it was facing a tough opponent in its Heritage League opener.
They exchange glances.
It is all they need.
When McDonald's released its California nominations for its All-American High School Basketball Team Wednesday, there was one surprise name from the Santa Clarita Valley.
Ariel Hale, a senior power forward from Canyon, was one of 35 girls from across the state nominated.
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.
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.
As soon as the final whistle blew, Valencia goalkeeper Nicole Joseph walked up to her teammates and simply repeated, "I'm sorry."
The Valencia Vikings boys basketball team just sent a message to the rest of the Foothill League.
Thanks to the relentless attack of West Ranch boys soccer, a boat load of close calls turned into a victory in the Foothill League opener.
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.