The 2009 CIF-Southern Section basketball playoff brackets were released Sunday, leaving the Foothill League boys field of teams smiling across the board.
All six schools made it into the boys playoffs, while Saugus, Valencia and West Ranch will represent the league on the girls' side.
At last, Golden Valley has won a Foothill League championship.
The state budget crunch may mean individual schools have to pay for substitute teachers when coaches travel with their teams, missing a day of school, according to some reports Friday.
West Ranch closed the third quarter on a 7-0 run and fended off Golden Valley 50-38 Thursday on senior day.
The Wildcats also clinched third place in the Foothill League, guaranteeing them a spot in the CIF-Southern Section postseason for the first time ever.
Just how costly was the residency falsification that cost the Canyon girls basketball team 10 wins, two players and its head coach?
The final answer came Thursday.
One way or another, Foothill League boys soccer history was going to be made Thursday afternoon at West Ranch High.
As Golden Valley took on West Ranch on the last day of the regular season, the two teams were battling for the final playoff berth from the Foothill League with the winning team advancing to the postseason for the first time in either school's brief history.
Saugus girls basketball needed a little help to earn its second outright Foothill League title in school history, but the Centurions' 50-36 home victory over Hart coupled with Canyon's one-point win against Valencia completed the team's regular season goal.
This also makes it back-to-back titles, as Saugus shared it last season with Hart.
In one year, Golden Valley has gone from winless to peerless.
The Grizzlies outscored West Ranch 30-7 in the third quarter and emphatically wrapped up an outright Foothill League title with an 84-66 victory Thursday evening at West Ranch High School.
An eerie silence fell over Paul A. Priesz field.
After 80 minutes, loud chants, and intense play, Valencia and Canyon left the field with a 0-0 draw and a co-Foothill League girls soccer title.
Hart boys basketball locked up second place in the Foothill League with a 74-55 win at Saugus Thursday.
Brad Wyche and Ben Kimble combined for 43 points to lead the Indians (19-8, 8-2) to the victory.
Valencia boys basketball locked up the third spot in the Foothill League standings Thursday night at Canyon High, defeating the Cowboys 73-49 in the regular season finale.
"Our offense came from our defense," said Vikings head coach Rocket Collins.
As West Ranch senior Hakeem Bradley explodes for a thunderous dunk over an unfortunate bystander, the crowd explodes, too.
We used a headline for our Foothill League girls soccer preview that read: "Last team standing."
Snowboarder Marisa Watkins of Valencia won two medals at the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Boise, Idaho this week, including a gold.
After Golden Valley finished winless in the Foothill League last season, a league title seemed distant.
In a matchup of two teams that were moving in opposite directions, both Hart and Saugus boys soccer came out of Tuesday's game with the same thing.
It didn't matter how little experience or how small the team was, coaches weren't going to coddle Trinity Classical Academy's newest varsity sports team.
Cal-Hi Sports revealed its 35th annual All-State Football Teams on Monday, and six locals made the cut.
It's been said that the game slows down for great players.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Waiting to get their hands on the Lombardi Trophy, the Seahawks were surrounded by security guards in orange jackets. It was the first time anyone in that color stopped them all night.
All old athletes, when their sports days are done, are left to the sidelines.
Over and over, Golden Valley boys soccer head coach Juan Paolo kept telling his team they were good enough to win.
Canyon Cowboys boys basketball made sure there was no way Golden Valley would pull a repeat of what it did Tuesday.
After winning its first three Foothill League games, the Valencia Vikings suffered back-to-back losses to end the first half of the league season.
There are some who take labels personally.
To begin the Foothill League girls soccer season, the Valencia Vikings squeaked past the Saugus by a single goal in a thriller at Valencia High School on Jan. 14.
Golden Valley girls basketball kept going after Canyon.
There's one word that described what Hart Indians boys basketball was on Friday against the West Ranch Wildcats at Hart High - overwhelming.
It's one thing to play teams in higher playoff divisions, it's another to beat them.