Four local players were honored on the All-CIF Southern Section volleyball teams, which were released earlier this week.
Three of the players hailed from Santa Clarita Christian, including senior outside hitter Kristina Gibson and senior middle blockers Kaley Morrison and Karla Eberlein. The only Foothill League honoree was Valencia junior middle blocker Katie Hank.
There was a lot of motivation going around in the Foothill League after The Signal's Winter Sports Previews, which ran from Saturday through Tuesday.
We're not taking credit for anything, but certainly those editions rubbed some local athletes the wrong way.
Golden Valley looked impressive in the pre-league season, but the Grizzlies still had to hear about how they hadn't won a league game in almost two years.
If Tuesday night was any indication, we are in for an exciting 2009 Foothill League girls basketball season.
Saugus shocked Valencia at Valencia High 55-53 in a 32-minute battle of wills.
The Canyon boys soccer team had a sack full of motivation coming into its league opener at West Ranch High.
In typical fashion, Cowboys head coach Khris Savage took every opportunity to use it.
There's an imaginary geographical line that separates part of the Santa Clarita Valley.
That line indicates whether one plays basketball for Saugus or Valencia high schools. It's a very thin marker, considering the rivalry these two teams fought down to the wire last season, with the Vikings grabbing the league crown by just one game.
The Valencia girls soccer team opened Foothill League play with an emphatic statement Tuesday, storming into Saugus and scoring four goals before the first half was even 20 minutes old.
The Vikings ended up with a 4-2 victory.
With only 10 league games, you must defend your home court.
That was the point made by West Ranch Tuesday in its Foothill League-opening 61-49 victory against Canyon at West Ranch High.
At this time last year, the Golden Valley boys soccer team began to dig itself a hole.
Chances are the Grizzlies are much happier with this season's start.
The explanation as to why he loves the game is hard to come by.
Simply, Trevor Wiseman just likes to hear the ripping sound as a basketball travels through a net.
For years, Foothill League boys basketball has had a definitive upper tier.
But the talent seems to be spread across the league this season, and because of the parity, 2009 could be a different from the past.
The road to a Foothill League championship in girls basketball has gone through Newhall Avenue.
Hart High has won seven straight titles, including a share of the crown last year with Saugus.
Hart High head basketball coach Zach Koebel goes one-on-one with a select few of his players at practice.
Megan Ford, now a center at Cal Poly Pomona, was one of his favorites last year in his first season leading the Indians.
Talk to any coach and they will tell you the same thing.
Whoever finishes as the league champions will have been the last team standing.
As Erin Ortega goes, so does Saugus.
Canyon girls basketball new head coach Jessica Haayer understands how special the last five years were for the Cowboys under previous coach Chuck Johns.
If Wednesday's Foothill League opener between the West Ranch and Valencia baseball teams is any indication of how the rest of the season will play out, then it should be a good one.
Hart High's trend of playing tight ball games and relying on pitching looks like it might be carrying over from last season.
It was just 2011 when every Foothill League girls basketball coach was a male.
Last year showed that when the Foothill League is so tight, anything can happen.
Who knows why the doctor said it?
With 71 straight Foothill League wins and eight straight Foothill League titles, it would be hard to pick against the Valencia boys tennis team when predicting this year's champion.
Every time Harrison Collins steps onto the tennis court, his mind kicks into overdrive.
The Hart girls soccer team was building up to this type of season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patrick Maroon scored the go-ahead goal, Frederik Andersen made 37 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 Saturday night for their third straight win in the Freeway Faceoff rivalry.
BURBANK - Last week, the Renaissance Academy Wildcats of Altadena ended the championship hopes of one Santa Clarita Valley high school.
INGLEWOOD - After Santa Clarita Christian's 63-48 loss to View Park at St. Mary's Academy on Saturday, fans and parents came up to Cardinals head coach James Mosley and thanked him for a great year.
The Trinity Classical Academy and Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball teams have their work cut out for them tonight in CIF State Division V Boys Basketball Tournament games.
The Valencia boys tennis team's one-two punch of Chad LeDuff and Joey Fernicola led the Vikings to another win, this time 14-4 over visiting Chaminade on Thursday.
Hanging around the Saugus High gym are banners showing the years each sport won a league championship, with varying levels of success.