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.
Valencia picked up its first Foothill League victory Tuesday, defeating West Ranch 80-65 on the Wildcats home floor.
Saugus is still searching for its first Foothill League win of the season.
After a first half dominated by perimeter play, the Hart Indians decided to pound the paint in the second half and defeated Canyon 59-46 at Canyon High Tuesday night.
Saugus quarterback Desi Rodriguez verbally committed to the Air Force Academy earlier this month following a home visit from Falcons defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.
"The education is like an Ivy League school, and I get to play football in Division I. You can't beat that," Rodriguez said.
Heading into Foothill League finals on Thursday, the Hart Indians will have more than just a legacy behind it, it will have experience.
West Ranch softball players will be the first to admit they've been playing below their potential over the last two weeks.
In terms of drama and surprises, the Foothill League prelims aren't usually stocked full of them.
Well, here we go.
A large portion of one San Fernando Valley baseball team's success is because of Santa Clarita Valley players.
All Valencia High junior Quinton Tilley was trying to do was play a steady round of golf on Monday.
In just its second year of existence, the West Ranch High lacrosse team clinched its first playoff spot over the weekend.
Valencia graduate and professional golfer Max Homa appears to have found his groove again after a rough first few months of the year.
Springtime is usually when local boys volleyball players get to be the center of attention.
Just four months after his teammate J.K. Torres announced his decision to play lacrosse at NCAA Division III school Aurora University in Illinois, West Ranch midfielder Colton Long committed to play at Division II Adams State in Colorado.
The last week and a half has provided interesting insight into exactly what Saugus is capable of.
For so long, Max Nua was the anonymous little kid wandering around the gym and doing his best to kill time until practice was over.
It's doubtful any athlete grows up wishing he/she could some day compete at a community college.
The Canyon Cowboys baseball team has endured its fair share of struggles this season, but it wasn't about to hand Golden Valley its first league win of the season on Friday afternoon at Canyon High School.
Valencia's Keston Hiura hit two home runs on Friday at Valencia High.