It took 16 minutes for the Valencia boys basketball team to shake off the nerves of playoff basketball.
A physical game from start to finish, West Ranch earned itself a spot in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA boys basketball playoffs Wednesday night, winning at Serrano of Phelan 73-46.
It's one thing to talk about taking care of business against an inferior opponent. It's another thing to actually do it.
The 2008-'09 season has been an evolutionary year for Saugus boys soccer.
Two weeks ago, Hart struggled with muddy field conditions in a loss to Canyon.
Prep athletics in the Santa Clarita Valley might avoid the budget ax altogether.
Breaking from usual form, the CIF-Southern Section granted at-large berths Monday to Foothill League teams in boys and girls soccer.
Both, Golden Valley's boys and Hart's girls received bids after finishing fourth this season in league.
For some people, fear drives them to excel.
For Canyon junior goalkeeper Alex Krall, it is a healthy fear and one that is self-imposed.
The 2009 CIF-Southern Section basketball playoff brackets were released Sunday, leaving the Foothill League boys field of teams smiling across the board.
All six schools made it into the boys playoffs, while Saugus, Valencia and West Ranch will represent the league on the girls' side.
At last, Golden Valley has won a Foothill League championship.
The state budget crunch may mean individual schools have to pay for substitute teachers when coaches travel with their teams, missing a day of school, according to some reports Friday.
West Ranch closed the third quarter on a 7-0 run and fended off Golden Valley 50-38 Thursday on senior day.
The Wildcats also clinched third place in the Foothill League, guaranteeing them a spot in the CIF-Southern Section postseason for the first time ever.
Just how costly was the residency falsification that cost the Canyon girls basketball team 10 wins, two players and its head coach?
The final answer came Thursday.
One way or another, Foothill League boys soccer history was going to be made Thursday afternoon at West Ranch High.
As Golden Valley took on West Ranch on the last day of the regular season, the two teams were battling for the final playoff berth from the Foothill League with the winning team advancing to the postseason for the first time in either school's brief history.
Saugus girls basketball needed a little help to earn its second outright Foothill League title in school history, but the Centurions' 50-36 home victory over Hart coupled with Canyon's one-point win against Valencia completed the team's regular season goal.
This also makes it back-to-back titles, as Saugus shared it last season with Hart.
Presale tickets will continue Friday for Hart football's CIF State Regional Bowl Game against Chaminade on Saturday at College of the Canyons.
When it comes to boys basketball rivalries, Santa Clarita Christian vs. Trinity Classical Academy is gift that keeps on giving.
The Trinity Classical Academy Knights sports teams were major players in the Heritage League in both girls volleyball and 8-man football, and now there are postseason awards to show for it.
Erik Stafford is a walking contradiction.
The 2013 boys basketball season may have just started, but it's already beyond a doubt that the Canyon Cowboys are a better team than the Panorama Pythons.
For the Hart Indians football team, the standard of excellence in 2013 will go beyond beating Valencia for a CIF-Southern Section Northern Division title.
Fresh off their victory in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship game, the Hart Indians got the invite Sunday to play in a CIF State Regional Football Championship Bowl game.
This year, fellow Foothill League teams Saugus and Hart crashed the party at the High Five Classic, hosted by Valencia High School.
Samantha Ortega is still feeling the sting of last week's second-place finish at the CIF State Cross Country championships.
Hart football did more than just win a CIF championship on Friday night.