Things are starting to look familiar for Valencia.
Preparations for the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division quarterfinals are under way.
Saugus head coach Jason Bornn never doubted his team could duplicate its success from last season.
Although others did.
Saugus (2-0) vs. Alemany (2-0) at COC
For the Golden Valley boys cross country team becoming the first team in school history to reach any state competition did not begin Saturday in the CIF-Southern Section Division III Cross Country Finals, where they finished as the seventh and final qualifying team.
Santa Clarita Christian's 8-man football team was supposed to lose to Avalon on Nov. 22.
VARSITY GIRLS GOLF
Quartz Hill 220, West Ranch 269
There are several reasons why the Saugus girls volleyball team, 11-19 last season, is 10-0 this season after a three-set win Wednesday at home over Notre Dame Academy of Sherman Oaks.
One is the return of setter Alyssa Terwall, healthy this year after having to sit out the first half of last season with a stress fracture in her foot.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Former Hart pitcher Michael Montgomery ranks as the fourth best prospect in the Kansas City Royals' organization, according to Baseball America's Top 10 prospects list.
The list is based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. Montgomery was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as the No. 36 overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.
VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
Not even Saugus High's second-best score ever at Vista Valencia Golf Course could do it Tuesday.
Not even career-best rounds by four Saugus girls at the course could do it.
Even though West Ranch only has one senior among its top three singles players and No. 1 doubles team, at times the Wildcats can be pretty dominant.
That was the case Tuesday, in a 14-4 dismantling of Saugffus, a solid team in its own right.
CLAREMONT - For a moment Monday in the finals of the CIF-Southern Section Division III Girls Team Tennis Playoffs, the Valencia girls tennis team was in control.
In the first round, Viking senior Isabella Fraczek won a tough 6-4 match against Sarah Blair of Valencia of Placentia in the No. 1 singles match at The Claremont Club.
CLAREMONT - The strategy for Valencia against its namesakes from Placentia on Monday was simple.
Go for the nine-point sweep or a near-sweep of the Tigers' solid doubles teams. Then hope No. 1 singles player Isabella Fraczek can somehow win two or possibly three matches, all against ranked opponents.
Ross Bacon was not enough to thwart Notre Dame (2-0) Friday night, as the Knights rolled through West Ranch (1-1) at Valencia High.
Hart quarterback Brady White was named to the MaxPreps.com 2013 Junior All-American Football Team on Friday.
Schools are out for break and Foothill League play for winter sports is still a couple weeks away.
The Santa Clarita Valley prides itself on its standard of excellence in high school sports.
Hart boys basketball head coach Tom Kelly has a talented squad in Newhall this year, and it can run.
Hart came agonizingly close to walking away from its own Hart Soccer Showcase tournament on Monday afternoon with the championship trophy.
When Valencia Vikings head coach Sean O'Connell got his hands on the Hart Soccer Showcase first-place trophy, he knew exactly where to go with it - straight to team captain Sammy Simon.
Guards Myles Franklin and Lewis Stallworth gave the Hart Indians boys basketball team a needed spark on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Hart Holiday Classic at Hart High.
Foothill League play is still more than two weeks away, but the two teams most expect to vie for the league title - Valencia and Hart - will get an early look at each other in Monday's Hart Soccer Showcase tournament final.
The promising start to the season for Golden Valley boys soccer took a wrong turn on Saturday, but there are still encouraging signs for this up-and-coming team.
The Valencia Vikings girls soccer team was thoroughly frustrated by the Knight High Hawks' offside trap in the first half of its Hart Soccer Showcase pool play match on Friday at The Master's College's Reese Field.
The Hart Indians boys soccer team saved its best for first on Friday morning at The Master's College, and there was little the Saugus Centurions could do about it.
Sometimes box scores can be misleading.
After multiple years working at various positions at The Signal, I officially left the paper in October. Still, the excitement and passion I have for Santa Clarita Valley sports remains, and I have continued to work for the paper on a freelance basis
Forget the Oscars and the Emmys. We at The Signal are going to provide you with the best year-end awards of them all with The Siggies, which will cover the best of Santa Clarita Valley sports in 2013.
This coming year will mark my 10th year covering sports for The Signal so I've seen a lot of history.