With the amount of success the Saugus High School girls cross country team has enjoyed over the last couple of years (two straight state titles), translating into further success with runners on the track and field team, the school's athletic identity has been its running program.
The top-seeded Valencia Vikings advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division II Championship with a four game victory over Dos Pueblos, 25-16, 25-14, 23-25, 25-19. The Vikings improve to 34-2 with the victory.
Somebody had to go home.
Valencia vs. Simi Valley
The 2008 Track and Field Masters meet will be held Friday in Cerritos and the Foothill League will see some of its top athletes competing.
Hart vs. Norco
It was a battle of the mound in Tuesday's second round playoff match-up between Valencia and Lakewood, with the Vikings shutting out the Lancers 4-0.
If you look back at the last two deep playoff runs for Hart baseball, the reason for much of the success has been the team's pitching.
In 1999, Hart had a dominant pair of pitchers in Jamie Shields and Justin Wiley that led the Indians to the CIF-Southern Section Division II title.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS - There is a ton of motivation going forward for three local prep golfers after Monday's CIF-Southern Section Individual Final at Mission Lakes Country Club in Desert Hot Springs.
One consistently stellar golfer tied for first place, but couldn't take the title in a playoff.
• Four two years, Josh Corralles battled to become a pitcher that colleges wanted. Now he's facing an even bigger challenge.
For Santa Clarita Christian's baseball team it was a test of tenacity when it faced Notre Dame in the first round of postseason action on Friday.
When you lose just five games all year, being down 3-0 can seem foreign. But the defending CIF Champion Valencia softball team has seen it all before. The Vikings (25-5-1) rallied and walked off with a 4-3 win over Oxnard (16-12), on a walk-off sacrifice fly Friday afternoon.
Sure it's a dated motto, but in Hart softball's case, it was apropos Friday.
At the beginning of the season, Saugus' principal told baseball coach John Maggiora that in the history of the program, the team has averaged 17 wins a year. After falling to Norco 5-2 Thursday afternoon, the Centurions finished the season with, you got it, 17 wins.
The radar guns were in place. Most of the teams in the Major Leagues were represented, including the Arizona Diamondbacks with general manager Josh Byrnes. It was the first round of the CIF Division I playoffs. And the first batter at the plate had the last name Dykstra. No pressure Michael Montgomery.
The Hart baseball team took advantage of some costly mistakes and rallied to beat visiting West Ranch 5-2 on Wednesday and remain perfect in Foothill League play.
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.