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.
In one year, Golden Valley has gone from winless to peerless.
The Grizzlies outscored West Ranch 30-7 in the third quarter and emphatically wrapped up an outright Foothill League title with an 84-66 victory Thursday evening at West Ranch High School.
An eerie silence fell over Paul A. Priesz field.
After 80 minutes, loud chants, and intense play, Valencia and Canyon left the field with a 0-0 draw and a co-Foothill League girls soccer title.
Hart boys basketball locked up second place in the Foothill League with a 74-55 win at Saugus Thursday.
Brad Wyche and Ben Kimble combined for 43 points to lead the Indians (19-8, 8-2) to the victory.
Valencia boys basketball locked up the third spot in the Foothill League standings Thursday night at Canyon High, defeating the Cowboys 73-49 in the regular season finale.
"Our offense came from our defense," said Vikings head coach Rocket Collins.
As West Ranch senior Hakeem Bradley explodes for a thunderous dunk over an unfortunate bystander, the crowd explodes, too.
We used a headline for our Foothill League girls soccer preview that read: "Last team standing."
The Golden Valley girls soccer program's list of achievements is a short one that probably begins with its 2-1 victory over the Valencia Vikings two years ago on Jan. 26, 2012 - its only win ever against a Foothill League opponent.
Coaches and players cautioned against making too much out of a single league win.
Albert Einstein Academy is getting used to putting together new sports programs.
After one day of Foothill League boys and girls soccer action, it's completely clear that nothing is clear.
By Michael Grandinetti
Hart third-year head coach Terra Palmer was funny and serious at the same time with her response to when the last time the Indians have played like this in a Foothill League game.
Immediately after Hart boys basketball opened up Foothill League play with a come-from-behind 73-68 victory over defending champions West Ranch, Indians senior guard Lewis Stallworth asked how many assists he had.
As soon as the final whistle blew, Valencia goalkeeper Nicole Joseph walked up to her teammates and simply repeated, "I'm sorry."
The Valencia Vikings boys basketball team just sent a message to the rest of the Foothill League.
Thanks to the relentless attack of West Ranch boys soccer, a boat load of close calls turned into a victory in the Foothill League opener.
Here is the correct schedule for today in sports in the Santa Clarita Valley. Today marks the first day of Foothill League play for soccer and basketball.