Saugus head coach Jason Bornn never doubted his team could duplicate its success from last season.
Although others did.
Saugus (2-0) vs. Alemany (2-0) at COC
For the Golden Valley boys cross country team becoming the first team in school history to reach any state competition did not begin Saturday in the CIF-Southern Section Division III Cross Country Finals, where they finished as the seventh and final qualifying team.
Santa Clarita Christian's 8-man football team was supposed to lose to Avalon on Nov. 22.
VARSITY GIRLS GOLF
Quartz Hill 220, West Ranch 269
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 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.