To say Saugus is facing a tough challenge this week would be an understatement.
For the most part, Valencia's performance against Burroughs bore little resemblance to its opening-game dominance.
Two down, one to go.
When Rich Bahr got the call he was going to be the head coach for Saugus' junior varsity football team in 2005, he immediately went into recruitment mode.
One night after surviving a physical battle against Taft, the Saugus girls basketball team found much less resistance from Nordhoff.
With Valencia's top two singles players battling the flu, Valencia struggled for a while but held on to beat Hart on Thursday, 11-7.
Varsity girls volleyball
After nearly four full seasons and 34 games playing home games at Canyon High School and around the Southland, Golden Valley High School will finally get to play its first ever home game.
Add the fact that it's Homecoming, and the Grizzlies have a nice historic game.
At the volleyball match on Thursday night, the Valencia Vikings kept the lead against the Hart Indians in all three sets, 25-19, 25-15, 25-15.
"The match tonight was very good," said Valencia Coach Ray Sanchez, "We did a great team effort today. I'm very happy."
A three-game losing streak can be prevented by West Ranch tonight, in a game against Glendora at Valencia High School.
The Wildcats will be playing a team that went 5-0 in the Sierra League (9-3 overall) last season and advanced to the CIF-SS Division I quarterfinals.
West Ranch singles tennis player Gavelyn Poonnopatam was behind her Golden Valley opponent, 4-0, at West Ranch High in Stevenson Ranch.
The Wildcats' No. 2 player was two points away from losing her Foothill League match.
Collin Keoshian has been stitched up four or five times this year, by his father's count.
After struggling in its opener, Golden Valley responded the way it hopes to bounce back the entire season.
The Saugus girls basketball team is well aware of how physical things can get in the Foothill League.
Another week, another accomplishment for the Hart girls golf team.
Considered to be one of the top teams in the Los Angeles area, the Indians cruised to a first-place finish at Foothill League match No. 2 Wednesday at El Cariso Golf Course in Sylmar.
Coming into Wednesday's contest at Golden Valley, Canyon senior first baseman Vincent Fitzgerald hadn't been able to get more than one hit in a game all year.
Valencia Vikings baseball is going to have to pitch to be a Foothill League title contender in 2014 and the Saugus Centurions are going to have to hit to do the same.
The wind didn't seem to bother the Valencia boys tennis on Tuesday as the Vikings beat the Golden Valley Grizzlies 16-2 on a blustery day at Golden Valley High.
It was about as wild an affair as a high school swim meet could possibly be on Tuesday afternoon in the Foothill League opener for Valencia and Saugus at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center.
It only took one game for West Ranch boys volleyball to get back into its Foothill League groove.
For the first time in years, the waters look murky for the Hart boys swim team.
On paper, the Foothill League title race will come down to perhaps the valley's two biggest rivals: Hart versus Valencia.
It's hard to stand out when you're a swimmer at Hart High School.
The 2013-14 season was a big winter for Santa Clarita Valley prep sports.
It took more than a decade to get to the point where this statement could honestly be made about the Foothill League boys volleyball season: It's anyone's title.
Last season, Valencia's boys volleyball coaching staff had no other choice but to hand the keys to Kyle Ensing.
College of the Canyons head coach Chris Cota is hoping his team's loss on Saturday will fall in the category of a bump in the road rather than a trend setter.
The Valencia High boys tennis team was able to pull away and win its own Spring Smash on Saturday thanks to its stars Chad LeDuff and Joey Fernicola.
We are less than a week away from the fifth annual SCV Hoops Finale and things are starting to shape up for the event, which is a benefit for special needs students in the William S. Hart Union High School District through its WiSH Education Foundation.
The West Ranch Wildcats honored a fallen member of their family on Friday afternoon, and turned the emotional event into motivation in their 7-1 victory over visiting Golden Valley at West Ranch High School.