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.
For a volleyball team whose goal is to win the CIF championship, falling behind 3-0 in the first game of their first round match isn't the best way to start the journey.
The current attitude of Hart baseball can be summarized in two words: Not satisfied.
With a 6-0 win at West Ranch on Wednesday afternoon, Hart assured itself at least a share of the Foothill League title, a feat it hasn't accomplished since 2001. But the Indians are looking toward the future; Friday when they can win the title outright and next week when the CIF playoffs begin.
With the regular season Foothill League baseball coming to an end Valencia and Saugus are shifting their focus to the postseason.
"We achieved our goal this season of making it to CIF," said Valencia head coach Jared Snyder. "We want to make a run in the playoffs, and you never know what can happen."
Now that the 2014 season is officially over at both the high school and college levels, let's take a look at the highlights and a predictions for the 2015 season.
It won't go down as a day of outright glory for two local athletes.
With current and former players getting into the mix, Saturday was a big day for the College of the Canyons baseball program.
Nathan Bultman had to wait all day for his event to start.
The dates have been announced for the third annual Foothill Invitational girls volleyball tournament coming up this summer in the Santa Clarita Valley.
In a season of change, Valencia High School made another big shift on Friday by relieving longtime boys head basketball coach Rocket Collins of his duties.
One said it was a crazy day. The other said it was a long day.
The Canyon High boys tennis team will have yet another new coach starting in the 2015 season.
Valencia High graduate Alison Lee is in St. Louis today representing the United States for the 2014 Curtis Cup - a biannual event pitting the U.S. team, made up of the best amateur females in the country, against the Great Britain and Ireland teams.
The road to the state meet was well paved for the remaining Santa Clarita Valley athletes this season.
In the last five-year span (2009 to 2013), Major League Baseball teams have selected a Santa Clarita Valley product 38 times in the First-Year Player Draft and the fewest selected in one year was four in 2013.
With the 2014 boys tennis season in the books for Santa Clarita Valley players, we can take a look back at how this year's batch fared compared to previous years.
Valencia High graduate and Detroit Tigers infielder Danny Worth was designated for assignment on Wednesday meaning his status with the organization is in limbo.
The Open Water Nationals are on deck over at Castaic Lake.
Noah Dent and the Santa Clarita Christian baseball team were simply dominant in the Heritage League this season.