West Ranch head football coach Sean O'Brien knew his team's pre-league finale would show him what could be fine-tuned heading into Foothill League play.
When Andy Campbell took the Golden Valley head coaching job in the offseason, he had designs of turning the Grizzlies into a perennial CIF contender.
It's been an interesting week for Valencia's opponent tonight.
ENCINO - Crespi scored on all six of its first-half possessions to put Saugus away early in a 50-0 win on Friday at Crespi High School.
For one quarter Friday, it looked like Canyon was going to snap its four-game winless streak.
When West Ranch and Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga meet on the football field at 7 p.m. tonight at Valencia High, on paper it will be a matchup of two teams heading in very different directions.
Valencia girls tennis picked up 10 points in a hurry and then added three more for good measure in a 13-4 win against the Indians at Hart High on Thursday.
West Ranch girls volleyball dropped the first game, but responded by winning three straight to beat Saugus 3-1 on Thursday at West Ranch High in a battle of two potential Foothill League title contenders.
Canyon football's pre-Foothill League schedule comes to a close tonight when it takes on Buena of Ventura at 7 p.m. at Harry Welch Stadium.
Valencia High football head trainer Burt Dominguez walks through a field on the north end of campus. He's on his way to a hill at the base of campus where the players are conditioning.
Now the races are starting to heat up.
The Valencia girls tennis team will stay atop the Foothill League standings for one more week with a 12-6 win over West Ranch at Valencia High.
When the girls volleyball season began, many people pegged West Ranch as a team that could end Valencia's seven-year reign atop the Foothill League.
The Saugus girls volleyball team overpowered Golden Valley 3-0 in each team's Foothill League opener Tuesday at Saugus High School.
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.