Valencia boys soccer made what some might consider a surprising run at the Foothill League title in 2010.
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.
With all of the Santa Clarita Valley boys tennis teams eliminated from the postseason, it's time to turn our attention to the CIF-Southern Section individual sectionals.
Albert Einstein Academy baseball made sure its first playoff win in school history was a memorable one.
MISSION HILLS - If Foothill League play for Saugus could be broken down into a seven-inning game, it would be a quick start, a lead in the middle and finally close but not enough.
There were the standard handshakes and hugs among players and coaches that normally follow a season-ending loss.
Before anyone at The Signal ever saw Saugus' Abbey Weitzeil swim, we knew she was fast.
There's no way around it, the Saugus Centurions softball team that took the field Tuesday resembled little from the co-Foothill League champions that rolled through most of the regular season.
The Trinity Classical Academy softball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday with its 19-13 loss to visiting Hawthorne Math and Science Academy at Trinity.
With her adrenaline pumping, Santa Clarita Christian sophomore Shelby Boswell felt like she could keep pitching all day long.
Canyon softball ran into a buzzsaw on Tuesday, and there simply wasn't much the Cowboys could do about it.
The Vikings fell behind early in Tuesday's CIF-Southern Section first-round matchup with Oxnard High, and their sixth-inning rally fell short in a 5-2 opening-round loss.
It would be hard to imagine the West Ranch softball team getting off to a better start in this year's CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.
Foothill League football teams can say goodbye to the Northern Division.