In the past, Valencia was not known for its lock-down play, but the Vikings turned on the defense Friday night at Katella of Anaheim, winning 39-38 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA boys basketball playoffs.
West Ranch boys soccer was eliminated from the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs Friday after a 1-0 loss at Montclair Prep.
The Cavaliers (21-1-2) tallied the game's only goal in the 15th minute and fended off several Wildcat (11-7-5) attempts in the final 60 minutes.
Manny Padron snuck a shot into the net in the 109th minute Friday and Saugus opened the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs on the road with a 2-1 victory over Paramount.
After tying 1-1 through the end of regulation, neither team scored in the first two overtime sessions. The game then moved to a pair of sudden death overtime periods, and Padron scored late in the first.
With the game on the line, Canyon's chance to advance to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III boys soccer playoffs rested on Cowboys sophomore Jordan Markovich.
The goalkeeper diving right, Markovich sent the ball low, left and to the back of the net in the 80th minute, giving Canyon a 1-0 win over Lynwood at Harry Welch Stadium on Friday.
Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer's second time in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs ended in heartbreak Thursday.
Valencia overcame a jumpy start and got 17 points and 17 rebounds from Starla Wright in a 63-40 victory over Pioneer Valley Thursday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs.
Canyon left little in doubt during its first-round CIF-Southern Section Division II playoff game against Burroughs Thursday.
Saugus girls basketball survived a scare in its first round CIF Southern Section Division IIA game against Palos Verdes Peninsula Thursday night.
Saugus girls soccer may be the most dangerous team in the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.
Valencia's effort wavered in the first half and Arcadia got two goals from Ann Marie Tangorra in a 2-1 upset victory over the Vikings in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II soccer playoffs Thursday.
Hart boys basketball picked up a 66-37 victory against South Torrance in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIIAA Wednesday.
Canyon learned the difference between tape and live action Wednesday.
Golden Valley boys soccer gave up three goals in the first 15 minutes of play and couldn't recover in a 3-2 loss to Lompoc Wednesday in a CIF-Southern Section Division III wild-card game.
Saugus couldn't find its shooting touch and fell to La Mirada 78-52 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIA playoffs Wednesday.
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.
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.