When you lose just five games all year, being down 3-0 can seem foreign. But the defending CIF Champion Valencia softball team has seen it all before. The Vikings (25-5-1) rallied and walked off with a 4-3 win over Oxnard (16-12), on a walk-off sacrifice fly Friday afternoon.
Sure it's a dated motto, but in Hart softball's case, it was apropos Friday.
At the beginning of the season, Saugus' principal told baseball coach John Maggiora that in the history of the program, the team has averaged 17 wins a year. After falling to Norco 5-2 Thursday afternoon, the Centurions finished the season with, you got it, 17 wins.
The radar guns were in place. Most of the teams in the Major Leagues were represented, including the Arizona Diamondbacks with general manager Josh Byrnes. It was the first round of the CIF Division I playoffs. And the first batter at the plate had the last name Dykstra. No pressure Michael Montgomery.
Valencia's Josh Corralles was one out away from tossing a complete game shutout in a first round, CIF Southern Section Division I playoff match up against Fountain Valley on Thursday.
The Valencia's boys volleyball team continues its dominance throughout the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.
Valencia ignored the motto, "The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat" in a boys' varsity tennis match-up against Palm Desert High School.
Hart must be happy that they beat Valencia twice this season. Those two wins proved to be the difference in the final Foothill League baseball standings, meaning Hart (21-6, 14-1) was on the inside track for a higher ranking when the CIF Southern Section Division I brackets were announced on Monday afternoon.
With the league title in its back pocket, the Indians secured the third seed in the Division I playoffs, which start Thursday afternoon. Hart will face Westlake (15-13, 7-8), the fourth-place team in the Marmonte League, at home at 3:15 p.m.
CAMARILLO - It took a chip-in for a birdie on the sudden death playoff hole on Monday at Sterling Hills Country Club in Camarillo to get the last player in, but when all the scorecards were added up, four Foothill League golfers earned a trip to the CIF individual finals.
Thirty players were slotted to advance, but the guaranteed cutoff score of 74 left room for two more athletes with scores of 75 on the day.
Trevor Bauer made a bet at the beginning of the baseball season that he would get 100 strikeouts .
It was a strong showing from the Foothill League top competitors at the preliminaries held at Belmont Plaza. The leagues top swimmers competed to qualify for the CIF Southern Section-Toyota Division II finals Saturday.
The only suspense for the Valencia softball team Thursday afternoon was the coin toss. After a 14-0, five inning win at West Ranch to finish in a tie for first place in the Foothill League, every Vikings player took a coin and flipped. The majority had tails. Today at 7:30 a.m. when the real coin is flipped to determine whether Hart or Valencia get the No. 1 seed from the league, the Vikings (24-5, 9-1) will go with tails.
For a volleyball team whose goal is to win the CIF championship, falling behind 3-0 in the first game of their first round match isn't the best way to start the journey.
The current attitude of Hart baseball can be summarized in two words: Not satisfied.
With a 6-0 win at West Ranch on Wednesday afternoon, Hart assured itself at least a share of the Foothill League title, a feat it hasn't accomplished since 2001. But the Indians are looking toward the future; Friday when they can win the title outright and next week when the CIF playoffs begin.
With the regular season Foothill League baseball coming to an end Valencia and Saugus are shifting their focus to the postseason.
"We achieved our goal this season of making it to CIF," said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. "We want to make a run in the playoffs, and you never know what can happen."
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.
For West Ranch High senior Alex Rassool, the opportunity to walk on at UCLA is a dream come true for a kid who has always been under the radar.
Hart Indians shortstop Nick Valaika redeemed himself in a big way in the series finale against West Ranch.
One of the most sought-after quarterback recruits in Santa Clarita Valley history has made his choice.
This is starting to look like a theme for the Golden Valley Grizzlies.