Just when things were starting to turn around for Saugus football, they go back the other way.
Not only are the Centurions, who have won two straight games after losing five in a row, playing highly touted Valencia tonight at 7:30 at College of the Canyons, but they have also lost their starting quarterback for the season.
Valencia girls volleyball finished off an eighth straight Foothill League championship season with a three-set win over Golden Valley on Thursday at home, 25-10, 25-16, 25-12.
The victory clinched an outright league crown for the Vikings (15-9, 9-1).
Golden Valley and Canyon will both be looking for their first win tonight, but the two schools enter the game on very different notes.
The Grizzlies lost to Saugus last week but scored 26 points in the second half, which is more than they had scored all season.
West Ranch football is somewhere it has wanted to be for a long time.
Saugus celebrated its Senior Night Thursday with a 3-0 victory over Canyon at Saugus High School.
The Centurions won by scores of 25-18, 25-11 and 25-14.
Two days, four matches, 52 games and one Foothill League doubles championship capped off a solid tennis performance for Valencia's Emily and Clarice Fraczek.
Hart's Anne Susdorf also proved Thursday she still has the top swing in singles by taking a hard-fought 6-4, 6-3 showdown with West Ranch's Ana Lucia Fuentes to claim her second straight league title.
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.
It starts early - usually with a family members' suggestion and guidance.
"My kids hated basketball."
Ever hear of those people who never take sick days at work?
Pain is inevitable. This is a concept that athletes across all sports seem to understand.
It's been said that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
We play them, we watch them, we care deeply about them.
This version of "On the Beat" is going to be all over the place so stick with us.
With the start of the football season less than two weeks away, teams around the Santa Clarita Valley have been hard at work preparing.
The underdog story came to an end on Thursday for Jonathan Chang.
Saugus High and Canyons Aquatic swimmer Abbey Weitzeil made no secret of her desire to qualify for the USA National swim team.
The Santa Clarita Valley has enjoyed a long history of statewide success in high school cross country.
Hart High has added lacrosse as a self-sustaining interscholastic sport, joining West Ranch and Valencia as the third team to add the sport.
The Foothill League's wealth of experience was on display over the weekend at the Foothill Invitational girls volleyball tournament.
Hart High School appears to be next in line as the Santa Clarita Valley's latest school to add lacrosse to its athletic programs, but there are still some pretty significant hurdles to overcome.