Tuesday's match mattered in multiple ways for the West Ranch Wildcats girls volleyball team.
Despite leading the Foothill League in tackles during the regular season a year ago, Saugus Centurions' linebacker Blake Austin has endured a largely thankless tenure as one of the Santa Clarita Valley's best defensive players due to his lack of elite physical attributes.
Can you spot the difference? You'll have to look closely.
Santa Clarita Christian took a punch to the jaw in the opening quarter against Frazier Mountain.
This game was for the Heritage League championship. Or at least that's how Trinity Classical Academy football head coach Mike Buchanan put it.
It was starting to become a theme for Valencia Vikings football - a sluggish first-half offense gains steam before falling into a rhythm in the second half.
On Friday night at Canyon High, the Canyon Cowboys football team played frustrated and angry while the visiting Saugus Centurions exhibited discipline. And for the better part of the night it appeared that discipline would prevail.
The Hart Indians' offense is known for putting up points in bunches. But against the Golden Valley Grizzlies, both sides of the ball got in the scoring mix.
Valencia and Hart high tennis both took care of business on Thursday and now set up the biggest match of the Foothill League season next Tuesday.
Following the varsity girls race at Thursday's Foothill League cross country meet No. 2 at Central Park, Saugus' Samantha Ortega and her teammates were in a familiar place.
All Foothill League girls volleyball teams are now halfway through the league season.
The Valencia Vikings girls volleyball team is starting to figure out how good it is.
Up two games already and possessing an early lead in the third, Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals sophomore Kylie Brown had a message for her teammates: "Do not let down, let's go!"
After back-to-back losses to the Foothill League's top teams, the West Ranch Wildcats girls tennis team proved its still among the league's upper tier.
In a contest between two teams that were clearly evenly matched, the Valencia Vikings won the battle of endurance.
Oddly enough, it was a goal against that finally sparked West Ranch boys soccer on Tuesday.
With Monday afternoon's revealing of the CIF-Southern Section soccer playoffs, the winter playoff slate is set.
The CIF-Southern Section released the boys and girls prep basketball playoff draws on Sunday afternoon, and plenty of Santa Clarita Valley teams are scattered across various postseason brackets.
Year in and year out, Foothill League boys basketball is a gauntlet.
The West Ranch girls soccer team knew it had a problem.
At least 24 schools are already committed to participate in Canyon High School's Santa Clarita Valley Track Invitational.
Dean Hendrix-Davis, just 16 years old, was pinned between the car seats of his Ford Explorer.
The best team that not enough people know about in the Santa Clarita Valley just went and won a Heritage League championship.
A full gym, a dramatic finish and fans rushing the court at the final buzzer aren't things you might expect in the Foothill League finale for two teams that won't make the playoffs.
The program that lost the two best players in the Foothill League in 2013 to graduation and the one that lost its first two league games in 2014 has now won something that begins with a two - second place.
The Valencia Vikings boys soccer team secured second place in the Foothill League by beating West Ranch for the fourth straight time on Thursday at Valencia High.
All that stood between Hart Indians boys basketball and the Foothill League's first undefeated run since Valentine's Day, 1997, were the Canyon Cowboys and 23 seconds.
If there's a team that knows a lot about fortunes changing quickly, it's Hart girls soccer.
For the second season in a row, Valencia and Canyon girls basketball are sharing.
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