For the Golden Valley boys cross country team becoming the first team in school history to reach any state competition did not begin Saturday in the CIF-Southern Section Division III Cross Country Finals, where they finished as the seventh and final qualifying team.
Santa Clarita Christian's 8-man football team was supposed to lose to Avalon on Nov. 22.
VARSITY GIRLS GOLF
Quartz Hill 220, West Ranch 269
There are several reasons why the Saugus girls volleyball team, 11-19 last season, is 10-0 this season after a three-set win Wednesday at home over Notre Dame Academy of Sherman Oaks.
One is the return of setter Alyssa Terwall, healthy this year after having to sit out the first half of last season with a stress fracture in her foot.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Former Hart pitcher Michael Montgomery ranks as the fourth best prospect in the Kansas City Royals' organization, according to Baseball America's Top 10 prospects list.
The list is based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. Montgomery was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as the No. 36 overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.
VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
Not even Saugus High's second-best score ever at Vista Valencia Golf Course could do it Tuesday.
Not even career-best rounds by four Saugus girls at the course could do it.
Even though West Ranch only has one senior among its top three singles players and No. 1 doubles team, at times the Wildcats can be pretty dominant.
That was the case Tuesday, in a 14-4 dismantling of Saugffus, a solid team in its own right.
CLAREMONT - For a moment Monday in the finals of the CIF-Southern Section Division III Girls Team Tennis Playoffs, the Valencia girls tennis team was in control.
In the first round, Viking senior Isabella Fraczek won a tough 6-4 match against Sarah Blair of Valencia of Placentia in the No. 1 singles match at The Claremont Club.
CLAREMONT - The strategy for Valencia against its namesakes from Placentia on Monday was simple.
Go for the nine-point sweep or a near-sweep of the Tigers' solid doubles teams. Then hope No. 1 singles player Isabella Fraczek can somehow win two or possibly three matches, all against ranked opponents.
Ross Bacon was not enough to thwart Notre Dame (2-0) Friday night, as the Knights rolled through West Ranch (1-1) at Valencia High.
Prior to the team's match-up with Righetti High School of Santa Maria,Hart head coach Mike Herrington said the team was neither proven offensively or defensively.
The only offensive touchdown scored by Canyon High School was an ominous one Friday night at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Corona.
Their offensive philosophies couldn't be any more different but when Saugus and Westlake meet, you're guaranteed fireworks.
Valencia High School baseball player Devin Davis got to go deep at a Major League Baseball stadium.
This was the best coached year in the last decade in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The best way to explain how an athlete can qualify as exciting is to define the term - and not simply in a dictionary sense.
It didn't take long to see something special was happening.
We've spent the last two weeks bringing you up to speed on the high, lows, and everything in between of the 2013-2014 athletic year in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The 2013-14 year was an exicting one for West Ranch marked by great individual and team performances.
It's become expected of Valencia athletics to stand among the top of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The school year may be officially over, but the awards continue to trickle in.
It may have been a bit of a down year for Saugus overall, but that doesn't mean the Centurions didn't have a good 2013-2014 year.
The evil empire is back.
Of all sports at Golden Valley High, it was golf.
The 2013-2014 year for Canyon High will be remembered by its incredible individual performances, with three athletes earning Foothill Player of the Year honors.
The 2013-2014 year will be remembered for two things at Trinity Classical Academy.
The Santa Clarita Christian School athletic programs have been on the rise in the last few years and the 2013-2014 season might have been the best so far.
Canyon High has found its new boys soccer coach following the resignation of Lou Aguilera earlier this month.