It was two years ago that Maverick Ahanmisi sat on a cold bench, head down, while the bright spotlights of a production company encircled the court of Golden Valley High's gymnasium.
First, Golden Valley was dominant in its pre-league season.
Foothill League boys soccer champion Canyon's season came to an end at the hands of Bloomington 4-0 on the road Wednesday in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs.
Undefeated Coachella Valley boys soccer maintained its perfect season and advanced in the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs with a 4-0 win at Saugus Wednesday.
Brea Olinda dominated Valencia 82-43 to knock the Vikings out in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs Wednesday.
Two months after Steve Pinkston resigned as head football coach at Golden Valley and Mike Kane did the same at West Ranch, both schools are unable to make a hire because of California's budget deficit.
Canyon girls soccer has been no stranger to close games this season.
However, a single miscue midway through the first half sent the Cowboys home Tuesday in a 1-0 loss at Corona Del Mar in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.
Glendora boys basketball ended West Ranch's run through the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs Tuesday night, dropping the Wildcats on their home floor 68-51.
Canyon of Anaheim caught fire from downtown, and Hart couldn't keep pace in a 70-47 loss in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIIAA playoffs Tuesday at Canyon High School.
Golden Valley's Maverick Ahanmisi was having one of the greatest games in this valley's playoff history, but that didn't hold back an unrelenting charge by Foothill of Santa Ana Tuesday night at Golden Valley High.
Saugus girls soccer advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs Tuesday with a 1-0 win over No. 1-seeded Flintridge Sacred Heart at Saugus High.
After 73 scoreless minutes, Ysabel Padron knocked home a put back for the lone goal of the game to give the Centurions (18-3-4) the deciding score.
Leuzinger of Lawndale raced past Valencia 88-66 in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs Tuesday at Leuzinger High School.
A small crowd files into a cramped gymnasium as a high school boys basketball game is set to tip off.
The stands are mostly filled by parents and family, with a few students peppered throughout. The visiting team just traveled an hour and a half to arrive, and the game begins with little fanfare.
West Ranch girls basketball's run in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs came to an end Saturday night, falling 53-38 to Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach at West Ranch High in the second round.
Valencia girls basketball took the battle of Valencias Saturday night, dropping Valencia of Placentia 58-47 at home to advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs.
Hart girls soccer had yet to advance to penalty kicks this season.
NEWBURY PARK - Canyon girls head basketball coach Chuck Johns pondered the question on if his team overachieved this season for a second after its 51-37 loss to the Newbury Park Panthers on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs.
The veterans got the best of the rookies in the first-ever CIF lacrosse meeting between two Santa Clarita high schools.
At this point in the playoffs, nothing comes easy.
SANTA ANA - From the first shot Hart High put up Friday night at Foothill High School in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIA quarterfinals, something was off.
On the wettest day Southern California has seen in months, the Canyon High Cowboys stuck with the theme and made it rain from the three-point line in their 84-53 win over visiting Elsinore High in Friday's quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs.
Nothing was going to get in the way of the Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team against the Laguna Blanca Owls of Santa Barbara in the CIF-Southern Section Division VI semifinals.
The Hart High girls soccer team will have to wait at least one more day for its quarterfinal match against CIF-Southern Section Division II -No. 1 seeded Sunny Hills, after today's scheduled game was postponed due to weather.
West Ranch senior right-handed pitcher Jake Bird verbally committed to UCLA baseball this week.
Losing in the playoffs is a hard pill to swallow.
Saugus High varsity boys basketball coach Derek Ballard was fired on Thursday.
Coming off its first ever postseason victory, the Golden Valley Grizzlies girls basketball held a lead at halftime against the North High Saxons of Torrance.
Heartbreaking losses to Canyon and Hart late in the Foothill League season ended the Valencia Vikings girls soccer team's hopes of winning a league title.
This year, Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer has put together the ideal formula.
One year from now, things could be much different for Hart High girls basketball.