When it comes to postseason baseball the old saying is that "pitching wins championships." Tuesday, Saugus proved that defense may be just as important.
Nine area baseball and softball teams will be heading to the postseason as the CIF-Southern Section released its playoff brackets on Monday.
The Foothill League will be sending four teams in each sport to the Division I brackets, including a team in each from Hart, Saugus and Valencia.
The Foothill League's Most Valuable Player ended his prep golf career Monday, but the future immediately grabbed his torch.
Underclassmen J.J. Holen of West Ranch and Jonathan Chang of Valencia posted impressive scores Monday at Sterling Hills Golf Course in Camarillo at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Individual Regional and advanced, along with Valencia senior Alex Macaluso, to the May 26 CIF-SS Individual Finals and SCGA qualifier.
The Santa Clarita Christian softball team has officially made the CIF-Southern Section Division VII postseason, and the Cardinals had to overcome adversity to do it.
Saugus' Tiara Wells will attend California State University, Chico, while Nicole Hicks will head to San Francisco State University.
A lot of children grow up dreaming of playing the sport they love for their ideal school. Not many of them make it a reality before their junior season of high school is over.
But then again, most high school softball players don't nearly hit .500 for an entire season like Canyon catcher Brittany Williams.
MOORPARK- The Saugus track team backed up its Foothill League title with an impressive showing at the CIF-Southern Section Division II prelims.
2009 was another successful season for Valencia boys tennis, but Saturday it ended just like the 2008 campaign, at the hands of perennial powerhouse Palm Desert.
The team careers of the two most successful boys tennis singles players in West Ranch history came to a close Saturday as the Wildcats fell 12-6 at home to Brentwood in the CIF-Southern Section Division II second round match.
A total of five local athletes will take part in next weekend's CIF-Southern Section Division I finals, while Golden Valley high jumper Tessy Sproul qualified for the CIF-SS Division III finals.
None of the Valencia High boys volleyball team's current players were credited with a single statistic during last year's run to a CIF-Southern Section Division II championship.
With Hart baseball up nine runs in the middle innings Friday at West Ranch in a Foothill League finale, talk in the Indians' dugout swirled around on how second baseman Spenser Souza would complete his cycle.
Saddleback of Santa Ana played an efficient game and defeated Saugus 3-1 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II boys volleyball playoffs Friday at Saddleback High School.
Hart boys volleyball's run into the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs ended at Westlake Friday.
WALNUT – It would be an understatement to say that Foothill League swimming represented well in its first year back in the CIF-Southern Section Division I, particularly Hart and senior Jordan Danny.
For the second season in a row, Valencia and Canyon girls basketball are sharing.
PACIFIC PALISADES - An aspiring golfer growing up in Southern California may see the Northern Trust Open in the same light as a young baseball player watching a game in Dodger Stadium for the first time.
Somehow, after five drama-filled chaotic weeks, we have arrived at the conclusion of another Foothill League winter season.
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.