Last year, West Ranch senior Erin Ruiz's 3-pointer from midcourt earned the girls basketball team a CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA first-round victory.
After Canyon's Justin Naranjo scored the game-winning penalty kick, he turned and saw the mob of students heading straight for him to celebrate.
One might think that Canyon girls soccer, which finished the regular season 15-5-5, looked at its CIF-Southern Section Division II wild-card selection as a sign of disrespect.
The Cowboys saw it as something else: an opportunity for their now-healthy offense.
COMPTON - For various reasons, West Ranch has had to overcome tough obstacles for most of the season.
But this time, Compton's length and second-chance points were too much for West Ranch in a 75-48 loss in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs Wednesday at Compton High.
Canyon guard Kris Quant hadn't hit a field goal all Wednesday evening.
But with one second left in overtime and the Cowboys tied with Vista del Lago at 55, Quant's team gave him the ball.
Valencia swingman Lonnie Jackson has developed a reputation as a clutch shooter.
Add passer to that moniker.
It looked like Sierra Vista would give Golden Valley a game early on, but the momentum changed quickly.
A 29-2 run will do that to you.
The Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball team defeated New Harvest Christian 68-44 on Wednesday night in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VIAA playoffs.
The Cardinal offense got off to a sluggish start, but began clicking late in the first half.
Saugus boys basketball was the Jekyll and Hyde team of the Foothill League in 2010.
Luckily for the Centurions, they're out of the Foothill League and Jekyll turned up again.
After 13 wins and a third-place finish in the Foothill League, Saugus boys soccer was surprised to earn a wild-card pairing in its CIF-Southern Section Division III playoff opener.
The first week of November, brand new Vasquez High girls varsity basketball coach Tim Taufaasau cold-called.
Every girls soccer team in Division II of the CIF-Southern Section wants what Saugus has: the title.
Conventional wisdom holds that basketball teams play better at home than on the road.
The good news is 10 local basketball teams made the CIF-Southern Section postseason.
Coming into the season, Canyon girls soccer's defense was decimated by graduation losses.
We've sort of neglected the play of Saugus' Braden and Aden combo because of two other great Foothill League stories this year - Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang's ascension to the top of the Foothill League and Hart's displacing six-time champion West Ranch as league champion.
West Ranch didn't expect to see its season end so early.