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.
Valencia's Josh Corralles was one out away from tossing a complete game shutout in a first round, CIF Southern Section Division I playoff match up against Fountain Valley on Thursday.
The Valencia's boys volleyball team continues its dominance throughout the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.
Valencia ignored the motto, "The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat" in a boys' varsity tennis match-up against Palm Desert High School.
Hart must be happy that they beat Valencia twice this season. Those two wins proved to be the difference in the final Foothill League baseball standings, meaning Hart (21-6, 14-1) was on the inside track for a higher ranking when the CIF Southern Section Division I brackets were announced on Monday afternoon.
With the league title in its back pocket, the Indians secured the third seed in the Division I playoffs, which start Thursday afternoon. Hart will face Westlake (15-13, 7-8), the fourth-place team in the Marmonte League, at home at 3:15 p.m.
CAMARILLO - It took a chip-in for a birdie on the sudden death playoff hole on Monday at Sterling Hills Country Club in Camarillo to get the last player in, but when all the scorecards were added up, four Foothill League golfers earned a trip to the CIF individual finals.
Thirty players were slotted to advance, but the guaranteed cutoff score of 74 left room for two more athletes with scores of 75 on the day.
Trevor Bauer made a bet at the beginning of the baseball season that he would get 100 strikeouts .
It was a strong showing from the Foothill League top competitors at the preliminaries held at Belmont Plaza. The leagues top swimmers competed to qualify for the CIF Southern Section-Toyota Division II finals Saturday.
The only suspense for the Valencia softball team Thursday afternoon was the coin toss. After a 14-0, five inning win at West Ranch to finish in a tie for first place in the Foothill League, every Vikings player took a coin and flipped. The majority had tails. Today at 7:30 a.m. when the real coin is flipped to determine whether Hart or Valencia get the No. 1 seed from the league, the Vikings (24-5, 9-1) will go with tails.
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.
For the second straight game, the Saugus baseball team has had to rely heavily on its pitching in order to grind out a win.
Foothill League coaches collectively said prior to the baseball season that defense and pitching could be the factors that determine who wins the league championship.
Boys tennis kicked off Foothill League play on Thursday with three matches around the Santa Clarita Valley.
There will be a No. 6 painted on the baseball field at West ranch High School today.
If the Saugus Centurions are going to compete for a Foothill League title in 2014, its pitching will be the team's backbone.
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.