A nationally-ranked Saugus girls cross country team headlines a strong Foothill League, while a dogfight is on the horizon on the boys side.
Call it vindication, call it a victory.
In its first-ever playoff home match, the West Ranch girls volleyball team was triumphant.
By Signal Staff
The Saugus girls volleyball team exited the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs.
There's a new Hammerin' Hank in town.
When do you know when you've truly become a man?
While the Valencia boys vollleyball squad have grabbed the headlines with several CIF victories over the past few seasons, the girls side has not been as successful.
Dos Pueblos 204, Valencia 246
In comparison to many of the other sports played in the Foothill League, girls golf is still in its early stages.
Much of its 10-year history comes from individual success - names like Alexis Arnold, Melanie DeLeon, Stevy Loy and Jasnin Samson, girls who fulfilled their promise in high school and gained college scholarships.
It came as no surprise to Valencia girls tennis head coach Annie Kellogg that her Vikings team was highly positioned in the CIF-Southern Section Division III brackets - released Monday.
The team sat near the top of the CIF polls all season and currently holds the No. 2 spot.
Behind a powerful three-headed monster in the form of quarterback Steven Borden, receiver Colin Mayhugh and running back Collin Keoshian, Santa Clarita Christian School's football team is a proven force in 8-man competition.
The Cardinals, currently ranked No. 5 in the CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-Man Football, will kick off the first round of playoffs hosting West Shores of Salton City Saturday at a time to be determined.
It will probably be the same old story in girls tennis in 2008, with perennial Foothill League champions Valencia once again edging Hart for the title.
The brackets for the CIF-Southern Section postseason were released Sunday with one big local surprise.
It was expected that Valencia, West Ranch and Saugus would all be postseason bound, but Hart secured a surprising at-large bid.
While Santa Clarita Christian School was able to end their season on a high note, they are now forced to play the waiting game.
The Valencia High public address announcer gave it his best.
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.