For one quarter Friday, it looked like Canyon was going to snap its four-game winless streak.
When West Ranch and Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga meet on the football field at 7 p.m. tonight at Valencia High, on paper it will be a matchup of two teams heading in very different directions.
Valencia girls tennis picked up 10 points in a hurry and then added three more for good measure in a 13-4 win against the Indians at Hart High on Thursday.
West Ranch girls volleyball dropped the first game, but responded by winning three straight to beat Saugus 3-1 on Thursday at West Ranch High in a battle of two potential Foothill League title contenders.
Canyon football's pre-Foothill League schedule comes to a close tonight when it takes on Buena of Ventura at 7 p.m. at Harry Welch Stadium.
Valencia High football head trainer Burt Dominguez walks through a field on the north end of campus. He's on his way to a hill at the base of campus where the players are conditioning.
Now the races are starting to heat up.
The Valencia girls tennis team will stay atop the Foothill League standings for one more week with a 12-6 win over West Ranch at Valencia High.
When the girls volleyball season began, many people pegged West Ranch as a team that could end Valencia's seven-year reign atop the Foothill League.
The Saugus girls volleyball team overpowered Golden Valley 3-0 in each team's Foothill League opener Tuesday at Saugus High School.
Valencia, the reigning Foothill League champion for the last seven years, has a stumbling block ahead in 2009.
For Saugus volleyball player Taylor Schubert, there are simply not enough hours in the day. These days she's juggling school, sports and volunteer work on the weekends.
Valencia High has been home to some elite-level baseball players recently.
Santa Clarita Christian School football amassed 520 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground en route to a 66-43 victory over Hesperia Christian Saturday night at Canyon High School.
The Cardinals (2-2) were led by senior running back Collin Keoshian, who piled up 304 yards on 24 carries and tallied six rushing touchdowns. He also caught the Cardinals lone score through the air when he pulled in a pass delivered from quarterback Colin Mayhugh for a 36-yard score in the first quarter.
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.