Saugus beat Golden Valley 42-26 at Canyon High School on Friday night, but the 26 points scored by the Grizzlies were more than they have scored the entire season.
"This is big for our program," said Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell. "We know we can compete. The kids are starting to figure it out."
West Ranch had seen this before.
A long drive mounted late in the game by a tradition-rich Foothill League program, a drive that would snatch victory away.
At West Ranch's final match of the regular season, there were balloons, dessert tables and other assorted decorations.
There was plenty to celebrate for the Wildcats, who clinched a share of their first Foothill League championship with a 14-4 victory over Canyon Thursday at West Ranch High School.
Valencia finished off its eighth consecutive season with at least a share of the Foothill League crown with a 17-1 win at Valencia High on Thursday.
Hart girls volleyball needed this one.
Valencia and Hart have played some of the most meaningful Foothill League football games this decade.
As Foothill League play began, even Valencia head coach Ray Sanchez had someone else pegged to win the league title.
The Hart girls tennis team closed out the regular season by defeating Golden Valley 13-5 Thursday at Hart High School.
Back-to-back Foothill League 50-yard freestyle champion Michelle Duraj has verbally committed to the University of Denver, becoming Golden Valley's first swimmer to earn a scholarship.
West Ranch got one step closer to claiming its piece of the Foothill League title.
The Wildcats defeated Golden Valley 11-1 in a wind-shortened match at Golden Valley High.
The streaks keep falling.
Last Thursday, it was Valencia's 56-match Foothill League winning streak that fell.
Don't sleep on Saugus girls volleyball.
Despite coming into Tuesday's match fourth in the Foothill League, the Centurions planted themselves squarely in the playoff picture with a 3-1 victory over West Ranch at Saugus High.
It has been said that it is lonely at the top.
But with contributions from everyone on the court, there is nothing lonely about it for Valencia girls volleyball.
The numbers for Golden Valley football are devastating.
The golf accolades continue to pile up for Valencia freshman Alison Lee.
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.
Can you consider one nonwinning year a drought?
Canyon High senior Cole Mears has always considered himself a utility player.
From the start, this season was about two teams: West Ranch and Saugus.
For track and field coaches, it's always a balancing act between worrying about winning team competitions and figuring out how to keep their best athletes ready for the end of the season.
Different park. Same result.
Hart High junior pitcher Paul Richan said he was thinking about Friday's game against surging Valencia for two days.
It doesn't happen very often in Foothill League play, but you can bet that when A.J. West and Jake Bird come in to pitch for West Ranch in the same game, it's a close one.
One road to the U.S. Open, which last year was won by Justin Rose, is through Valencia.
Saugus boys volleyball isn't going away quietly after falling short to Valencia earlier in the week.
In the most critical match of the day in terms of the Foothill League standings, the Hart High Indians clinched a spot in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.
A lot of weight was on the shoulders of a select number of athletes for Golden Valley girls track and field.
The Vikings needed some heroics to get past Hart on Thursday afternoon at Valencia High School, and luckily Britney Ross-Smith was up for the challenge.
The Saugus Centurions' pitching staff continues to deal, and its bats continue to heat up.
Valencia's depth probably wouldn't have allowed it to have much of a let down on Wednesday, but Vikings head coach Chris Stroh still preached to his team that last week's girls' victory and boys' tie against Hart didn't mean they could relax Wednesday against West Ranch.