The Foothill League's football teams are 9-11.
After a volleyball team loses five seniors from a squad that made it to the CIF-Southern Section Division V-AA semifinals, there's usually a rebuilding period.
To say that Santa Clarita Christian football was shorthanded Saturday would be an understatement.
NEWBURY PARK - Just three games into the 2009 football season, it is easy to see where the Saugus Centurions attention is focused - the Foothill League season.
Thousand Oaks and Canyon each carried an 0-2 record into Friday's contest, but the Lancers proved to be superior by night's end.
PALMDALE - After Valencia defeated Palmdale Friday night 35-14 at Jim Riewer Field, an Antelope Valley radio announcer provided a little more color as he walked off the field.
Cougar Stadium was anticipating a showdown when Hart faced off with Westlake on Friday, a matchup of two CIF-Southern Section Northern Division Top-10 football teams.
CAMARILLO - Golden Valley couldn't get anything going Friday in a 68-0 loss at Camarillo.
West Ranch head coach Sean O'Brien had several goals for his team this year, the most important one being a winning season.
The first two games of the season haven't gone the way Golden Valley would have liked.
But for head coach Andy Campbell, it's all part of taking the program in a new direction.
The West Ranch football team already has a chance to improve on last year's win total when it hosts Beverly Hills tonight at 7 p.m. at Valencia High.
In order to do so, the Wildcats' first-year head coach Sean O'Brien knows the team will lean heavily on a player he calls "Mr. Reliable," aka junior Trevin Manuel.
Fire Department officials called a halt to the Foothill League's first cross country meet of the season Thursday at Central Park after taking four runners to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital with symptoms related to heat exhaustion.
Five total patients, whose names were not disclosed, were assisted during and following the completion of the boys and girls freshman-sophomore races, said Station 111 fire Capt. John Mazzocco.
Saugus' football team is looking to rebound from a tough loss last week against Westlake, currently the No. 4-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division.
When the Centurions (1-1) face Newbury Park (2-0) tonight, which is the No. 5-ranked team in the same division, Saugus head coach Jason Bornn said one group in particular needs to step it up.
There is a lot of respect for Palmdale High's football program around here.
Hart's win over the Falcons on Sept. 11 was considered to be a pretty big victory.
West Ranch tennis overcame a strong singles performance by Hart with some important doubles matchups early and took its Foothill League girls tennis opener 10-8 at Hart High on Tuesday.
The scoreboard told the tale of how close the match was with the teams' scoring even for most of the match.
After the West Ranch boys tennis team defeated Valencia 12-6 and denied the Vikings their ninth straight Foothill League title on Thursday at Valencia High, the Wildcats gathered around senior Harrison Collins and sang "Happy Birthday."
For the 13th time in the past 14 years, the Valencia Vikings reign supreme over the Foothill League.
The Canyon baseball team used two big innings to pick up its second Foothill League win and keep Golden Valley searching for its first.
The wait is over.
Nothing seemed to be going right for West Ranch baseball in the first six innings.
Saugus overcame a slow start on Wednesday to sweep Canyon in both the varsity boys and girls meets at Santa Clarita Aquatics Center and enter next week's Foothill League prelims and finals with some momentum.
Typically it's the Saugus baseball team shutting opposing teams down with its pitching.
The Valencia boys tennis team used the strength of its singles lineup to take down Hart High 13-5 on Tuesday.
This will probably be a long week for Foothill League swimmers, as they look ahead to next week's Foothill League prelims and finals where, quite literally, anything might happen.
It was a fairly quiet way for Valencia boys volleyball to officially stake claim to a Foothill League title on Tuesday.
Time off can give players a chance to recuperate.
All of a sudden West Ranch boys golf is looking vulnerable.
The Valencia Vikings might have been overlooked heading into the Foothill League season, but the two-time defending champion West Ranch Wildcats weren't going to do any overlooking of their own on Tuesday afternoon at West Ranch High School.
Hart High graduate and former The Master's College star Jerry Owens was suspended for 50 games last week from the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol for violating the league's drug policy.
It's not entirely uncommon for a club swimmer to see their high school team as something secondary; a break from the grind of a club season, but ultimately just that - a break.