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.
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.
Santa Clarita Christian assistant coach Garrick Moss approached the scorers table about five minutes before his team was set to take on Kern Valley in the first round of the CIF State Division V Boys Basketball Tournament.
The way the Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team sees it, every extra game they get to play is a bonus.