It's possible the turning point of West Ranch girls volleyball's season came in its regular-season finale.
After dropping the match's first two games, the Wildcats battled back to take a 3-2 nailbiter over Hart on Thursday at West Ranch High School, and in the process, claimed a share of second place and the No. 2 seed for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs coming out of the Foothill League.
Thursday's Foothill League cross country finals were the culmination of the league season.
But in several respects, the real season is about to begin.
There were several new faces at this year's Foothill League prelims on Wednesday, but by the end of two rounds, the singles bracket looked a lot like last year - minus the Vikings.
If it's the biggest football game of his life, he won't admit it.
In the first meeting between Hart and Saugus girls volleyball, the two teams battled it out through five sets.
With a showdown against Hart on the horizon, West Ranch wanted to be as sharp as possible heading into that match.
Another day, another feat.
It wasn't the Valencia girls volleyball team's strongest effort.
By nature, high school football rankings are mostly subjective.
With a dominant victory over Saugus on Thursday, the Valencia girls tennis team has now won or shared eight consecutive Foothill League championships.
Valencia's tennis programs weren't an overnight success.
Santa Clarita Christian football kept the scorekeeper busy on Saturday.
He had to constantly get up, stand on a table and then reach up to hang points on the visitors' side, as the Cardinals routed Los Angeles Lutheran 54-6 at First Lutheran High School.
No one had to tell Valencia or Hart to get fired up.
Saugus beat Golden Valley 42-26 at Canyon High School on Friday night, but the 26 points scored by the Grizzlies were more than they have scored the entire season.
"This is big for our program," said Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell. "We know we can compete. The kids are starting to figure it out."
West Ranch had seen this before.
A long drive mounted late in the game by a tradition-rich Foothill League program, a drive that would snatch victory away.
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.