In a new experience, Vasquez High girls basketball was simply overwhelmed.
Last season, the Canyon girls basketball team was forced to forfeit several losses that cost the Cowboys a trip to the playoffs.
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.
There are few singular moments that can send two groups of people at the same place spiraling into opposite extremes of the emotional spectrum.
It starts early - usually with a family members' suggestion and guidance.
"My kids hated basketball."
Ever hear of those people who never take sick days at work?
Pain is inevitable. This is a concept that athletes across all sports seem to understand.
It's been said that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
We play them, we watch them, we care deeply about them.
This version of "On the Beat" is going to be all over the place so stick with us.
With the start of the football season less than two weeks away, teams around the Santa Clarita Valley have been hard at work preparing.
The underdog story came to an end on Thursday for Jonathan Chang.
Saugus High and Canyons Aquatic swimmer Abbey Weitzeil made no secret of her desire to qualify for the USA National swim team.
The Santa Clarita Valley has enjoyed a long history of statewide success in high school cross country.
Hart High has added lacrosse as a self-sustaining interscholastic sport, joining West Ranch and Valencia as the third team to add the sport.
The Foothill League's wealth of experience was on display over the weekend at the Foothill Invitational girls volleyball tournament.