You could call it a practice round, nonetheless there was a lot to play for Thursday at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente during the CIF-Southern Section Girls Golf Individual Championship.
For three Foothill League football teams, the entire season comes down to this week.
Santa Clarita Christian girls volleyball team had its postseason run ended in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division V-AA playoffs with a five-game loss to Hesperia Christian 16-25, 25-17, 25-21, 17-25, 6-15 at SCCS.
Valencia girls tennis made short work of Claremont at home 13-5 Thursday.
The West Ranch girls volleyball team lost 3-1 to the visiting Marymount Sailors in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs Thursday night.
After two days of not having a home, Santa Clarita Christian has one to start defense of its CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-Man Football championship.
It's a good thing there are already divots on a golf ball.
The Hart girls varsity volleyball team knew it was in for a tough match - being far away from home and facing off with a league champion.
For Hart girls tennis, the cliché rings true: Every point matters.
Saugus experienced an up-and-down match in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section I-A playoffs Tuesday night, and in the end the Centurions came up short.
Valencia girls volleyball head coach Ray Sanchez couldn't help but laugh.
With a three-hour bus ride before its postseason opener, the Santa Clarita Christian girls volleyball team could have come out flat.
West Ranch girls volleyball advanced to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs for a second straight year with a three-set win over Calvary Chapel 28-26, 25-21, 28-26 Tuesday at West Ranch.
Some league races in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division are basically over heading into the final week of the regular season.
The CIF-Southern Section released brackets Monday for girls tennis and 8-Man Football.
The Valencia Vikings might have been overlooked heading into the Foothill League season, but the two-time defending champion West Ranch Wildcats weren't going to do any overlooking of their own on Tuesday afternoon at West Ranch High School.
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.