With a big weekend tournament coming in Santa Barbara, it would have been easy for Valencia to overlook its Foothill league match Thursday against West Ranch.
There are a couple of things you can expect this time of year.
Without glancing at the scoreboard after Saugus and Valencia's Foothill League softball game Thursday, the casual observer might have guessed Saugus had just pulled off a dramatic bottom of the seventh victory.
The Hart boys track and field team is now in position.
The Saugus varsity track and field teams defeated Golden Valley on Thursday on the Grizzlies' home field.
For all the drama that had unfolded in the seventh inning of Hart against Valencia in a Foothill League baseball game Tuesday, the final pitch turned out to be the least dramatic.
Valencia Vikings head coach Kathleen Perdisatt says that the budding boys varsity swim team has met the expectations she had for the squad going into the season.
Junior Heather Stiglich's solo home run in the top of the seventh gave Hart High's varsity girls softball team its first victory over Valencia since the 2004 season.
The Hart High boys volleyball team started and ended Tuesday's Foothill League match against Canyon the same way, playing with fire and passion.
The Valencia boys varsity tennis team defeated Hart 16-2 on Tuesday on the Indians home court.
Once again Valencia came oh so close to winning its first Foothill League boys golf match of the season, but just as the three previous League matches, West Ranch carded a lower score to win its fourth straight Foothill League match with a score of 390 at Valencia Country Club Monday afternoon.
Caio Schmitd's first memories of volleyball began when he was a young boy cheering his father on at matches in Brazil.
"I would sit on the bench and during every water break my dad and I would go on the court and pass balls back and forth," says Schmitd, an outside hitter for West Ranch . "I knew I wanted to be just like him."
This valley has produced some fine programs this decade - a national champion in Valencia softball, two-time state champion Saugus cross country, a state champion in Canyon football, but there is little argument as to what the dominant program has been in this valley.
Amid all the stresses of college applications and tests that a senior year can bring, Canyon's Stephen Wirthlin is a good reminder that the final year of high school can be about something else too.
Santa Clarita Christian boys varsity baseball team defeated Los Angeles Lutheran 13-2 at the Hart Complex on Wednesday.
Presale tickets will continue Friday for Hart football's CIF State Regional Bowl Game against Chaminade on Saturday at College of the Canyons.
When it comes to boys basketball rivalries, Santa Clarita Christian vs. Trinity Classical Academy is gift that keeps on giving.
The Trinity Classical Academy Knights sports teams were major players in the Heritage League in both girls volleyball and 8-man football, and now there are postseason awards to show for it.
Erik Stafford is a walking contradiction.
The 2013 boys basketball season may have just started, but it's already beyond a doubt that the Canyon Cowboys are a better team than the Panorama Pythons.
For the Hart Indians football team, the standard of excellence in 2013 will go beyond beating Valencia for a CIF-Southern Section Northern Division title.
Fresh off their victory in the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship game, the Hart Indians got the invite Sunday to play in a CIF State Regional Football Championship Bowl game.