Welcome to "Around the Divisions." Every Tuesday, you will become educated about the competition outside the Foothill League. We'll give you a breakdown of the top teams, based off of CIF-Southern Section polls, competing in the same divisions as the Foothill League teams. So when it comes to playoff time, you will know who to look out for. We debut this week with a look at boys basketball. There are five Foothill teams that are currently ranked in the Southern Section. They play in four different divisions. Here's how the top three teams in each division look.
AZUSA - Etiwanda scored a big victory against Golden Valley - but the Eagles sure had to work for it.
The Golden Valley Grizzlies have heard the rap. They have to outscore everyone. They can't play defense.
It sure didn't look that way in the second half against Valencia.
It took a while but West Ranch finally broke through against Hart in boys basketball.
For the first time in school history, the Wildcats defeated the Indians, topping Hart 86-77 at West Ranch High on Friday night.
Three games into the Foothill League boys soccer season, the Saugus Centurions had yet to hold a lead in a Foothill League soccer game - yet they were undefeated in league play.
In their fourth game, the Centurions finally took a lead and maintained their undefeated record by winning their first league game 3-2 over Canyon at Saugus High on Friday afternoon.
After trailing most of the game, Canyon rode a fourth-quarter comeback to pick up its first win, 63-58, Friday at home against Saugus.
Given how West Ranch has had trouble scoring in Foothill League play, Friday's game against Hart must have felt like a huge sigh of relief.
Saugus girls basketball continued its winning ways Friday at Canyon, maintaining its perfect run in the Foothill League with a 62-49 win.
The weather was giving everyone fits Friday afternoon at Saugus High.
Unable to predict how the ball would react to the wet surface, passes skipped around as players slid across the field.
His mother was sick of the fighting. Even if he was just evening the score by bloodying a bully in the fifth grade, Bino Horne had to do something more productive.
The West Ranch girls basketball team pulled off the shock of the Winter Foothill League sports season by defeating Valencia Tuesday night 64-57.
It was shocking because the Wildcats, in four seasons, have never beaten a Foothill foe except for Golden Valley.
Eight members of the Foothill League were honored as All-CIF-Southern Section Northern Division selections last week, while eight members of Santa Clarita Christian were named to the All-CIF-SS Eight-Man Football team from Division I.
Headlining the honors were Saugus quarterback Desi Rodriguez, who was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Northern Division; SCCS running back Collin Keoshian, who was the Player of the Year from Eight-Man Division I; and Cardinals head coach Garrick Moss, as the Coach of the Year.
Tuesday's matchup between the Foothill League's two unbeaten teams turned into the thriller everyone expected.
With two teams trying to prove the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, one team also showed its still alive in the race for a Foothill League title.
The intensity in the Hart versus Canyon girls soccer contest Tuesday may have matched its rivalry-game level, but the goal totals didn't.
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.
The Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team was wildly successful a season ago, and it's finding out just how hard it is to replicate that success to begin the 2013-14 season.
Meet Trinity Classical Academy sophomore Andrew Pabalan.
Every time Kamron Carroll puts on his uniform, the Santa Clarita Christian School boys basketball team's chances of winning increase exponentially.
It's undeniable that the Santa Clarita Christian School Cardinals boys basketball team has a lot of potential, and some size to boot.
The Trinity Classical Academy football team will try to defend its CIF championship under a new head coach.
The release of the All-San Joaquin football and All-Heritage League girls volleyball teams meant a lot of awards for the Santa Clarita Christian School athletic program.
If the 2013 Foothill League football season taught us anything, it was how arbitrary time can be.