There are several reasons why the Saugus girls volleyball team, 11-19 last season, is 10-0 this season after a three-set win Wednesday at home over Notre Dame Academy of Sherman Oaks.
One is the return of setter Alyssa Terwall, healthy this year after having to sit out the first half of last season with a stress fracture in her foot.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Former Hart pitcher Michael Montgomery ranks as the fourth best prospect in the Kansas City Royals' organization, according to Baseball America's Top 10 prospects list.
The list is based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. Montgomery was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as the No. 36 overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.
VARSITY GIRLS TENNIS
Not even Saugus High's second-best score ever at Vista Valencia Golf Course could do it Tuesday.
Not even career-best rounds by four Saugus girls at the course could do it.
Even though West Ranch only has one senior among its top three singles players and No. 1 doubles team, at times the Wildcats can be pretty dominant.
That was the case Tuesday, in a 14-4 dismantling of Saugffus, a solid team in its own right.
CLAREMONT - For a moment Monday in the finals of the CIF-Southern Section Division III Girls Team Tennis Playoffs, the Valencia girls tennis team was in control.
In the first round, Viking senior Isabella Fraczek won a tough 6-4 match against Sarah Blair of Valencia of Placentia in the No. 1 singles match at The Claremont Club.
CLAREMONT - The strategy for Valencia against its namesakes from Placentia on Monday was simple.
Go for the nine-point sweep or a near-sweep of the Tigers' solid doubles teams. Then hope No. 1 singles player Isabella Fraczek can somehow win two or possibly three matches, all against ranked opponents.
Ross Bacon was not enough to thwart Notre Dame (2-0) Friday night, as the Knights rolled through West Ranch (1-1) at Valencia High.
Prior to the team's match-up with Righetti High School of Santa Maria,Hart head coach Mike Herrington said the team was neither proven offensively or defensively.
The only offensive touchdown scored by Canyon High School was an ominous one Friday night at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Corona.
Their offensive philosophies couldn't be any more different but when Saugus and Westlake meet, you're guaranteed fireworks.
Recently, Saugus High girls golf head coach David Stradling went to bed thinking, "Yeah, maybe my team can compete for a Foothill League title."
Valencia (1-1) defeated Los Angeles City football champions Birmingham (0-3) at Lake Balboa on Friday night 24-0.
Santa Clarita Christian School took down the defending CIF-SS champions in eight-man football on Saturday, downing Joshua Springs, 54-32.
The Cardinals led the entire game from the time Colin Mayhugh returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to the final whistle.
It was just another day in the pool for the Hart boys and girls swim teams on Tuesday as both won convincingly over Saugus at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.
With their wins on Tuesday, the Valencia and West Ranch boys tennis teams have set the table for what could be the matchup of the year on Thursday.
The Saugus Centurions were at their best in Tuesday's Foothill League opener, and there was very little the visiting Valencia Vikings could do about it.
Saugus boys volleyball is getting pretty good at playing the spoiler.
With all five of its scorers finishing within seven strokes of each other, the steady and consistent West Ranch Wildcats won the Foothill League's opening match with a total score of 398 on Tuesday at Valencia Country Club.
The balancing of the playing field may be the schedule.
It was the fall and there was talk that a Golden Valley girls golf program could possibly finish on top of the Foothill league for the first time in school history.
The Santa Clarita Christian and Trinity Classical Academy winter sports teams broke plenty of new ground in 2014.
Granny-style half court shots, no-look passes, alley-oops and broken rims.
Call it an exhibition game all you want.
Hart junior starting pitcher Jack Ralston has been dominant so far this season.
Valencia's Dylan Thomas said he wasn't feeling well when he woke up on Friday morning.
Casey Burrill, head baseball coach at West Ranch, called his team's 2-1 win over visiting Saugus on Friday a "baseball connoisseur's dream."
Coming off a frustrating, five-game loss to Valencia to start league play, the Saugus Centurions boys volleyball team was determined to rebound in a big way.
Saugus head track and field coach David Russell knew coming into Thursday's first Foothill League meet of the season against Valencia that a lot of the scoring burden would fall on his distance runners.