For most of the game against Hart Tuesday, Valencia looked sluggish.
Valencia maintained its spot atop the crowded girls soccer Foothill League standings with a 3-2 victory against Hart Tuesday.
Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer scored five goals in the first 14 minutes at Central Park and routed Providence High School 7-0 on Tuesday to join Milken Community in a tie for first place in the Liberty League.
Valencia has struggled to keep leads lately.
West Ranch boys basketball may be getting healthy at the right time.
Golden Valley boys soccer had the opportunity to take first place in the Foothill League on Tuesday night, potentially the last opportunity anyone had to catch the Cowboys.
Last week we focused on boys basketball in the first edition of around the divisions. This week, we take a look at girls basketball.
But let's make some quick points on boys basketball.
The Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer team is having a milestone season - thanks in large part to Kayla Gale's milestone accomplishment.
The junior striker surpassed the 50-goal mark for her career by scoring three goals in a victory over AGBU High School of Pasadena in mid-January. Gale currently sits with 59 career goals, and Santa Clarita Christian is 14-2-1 overall and a lock to finish with the first winning record in the program's history.
We still have two weeks left in the regular season, which means a lot could still happen in Foothill League sports.
But two of the races should become clearer this Tuesday.
Hart basketball's Patrick Abbott had possibly one of the ugliest stat lines to ever come out of the Hart High gymnasium.
Call it a logjam.
During its run to a perfect first half, Saugus girls basketball built a reputation as a defensive powerhouse.
Both Saugus and Valencia's boys basketball teams entered Friday's contest at Saugus needing a win to get to .500 in Foothill League play.
With the Canyon boys basketball team down by two with 13 second left to go in the game, everyone in the Cowboys' gym knew where the ball was going.
Sure enough, just like West Ranch had anticipated, the ball flew to the Cowboys' Mike Edwards, who was double-covered and forced into an off-balance miss from 3-point land with one second left and the Wildcats (14-8, 3-3) escaped with a 46-43 victory Friday night.
With the game seemingly in control, the West Ranch girls basketball team relaxed its suffocating defense for the last two minutes of the Friday night's game.
That's when Canyon cut a 10-point deficit with 2:01 to go down to a one-point deficit with seven seconds left and the Cowboys having possession of the ball.
The Valencia Vikings boys soccer team brought more intensity than the visiting Clovis Cougars could handle on Thursday evening at Valencia High School.
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.