When the girls volleyball season began, many people pegged West Ranch as a team that could end Valencia's seven-year reign atop the Foothill League.
The Saugus girls volleyball team overpowered Golden Valley 3-0 in each team's Foothill League opener Tuesday at Saugus High School.
Valencia, the reigning Foothill League champion for the last seven years, has a stumbling block ahead in 2009.
For Saugus volleyball player Taylor Schubert, there are simply not enough hours in the day. These days she's juggling school, sports and volunteer work on the weekends.
Valencia High has been home to some elite-level baseball players recently.
Santa Clarita Christian School football amassed 520 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground en route to a 66-43 victory over Hesperia Christian Saturday night at Canyon High School.
The Cardinals (2-2) were led by senior running back Collin Keoshian, who piled up 304 yards on 24 carries and tallied six rushing touchdowns. He also caught the Cardinals lone score through the air when he pulled in a pass delivered from quarterback Colin Mayhugh for a 36-yard score in the first quarter.
It appears that the boundaries of Saugus cross country's dominance are expanding.
The Centurions won the girls 3-mile varsity AAA race, led by junior Kaylin Mahoney's individual victory, while the boys team placed third in its respective 3-mile varsity AAA race on Saturday at the 45th McQuaid Jesuit Cross Country Invitational in Genesee Valley Park, Rochester, N.Y.
College of the Canyons football team knew it was going to have to battle in order to beat undefeated Allan Hancock College.
There weren't a lot of big upsets Saturday as Valencia High hosted its 14th annual regional Fall Brawl tennis tournament.
WEST HILLS - The Canyon Cowboys headed to Chaminade, hoping to get their first win of the season.
But Chaminade would have none of it.
Saugus should get a gift receipt for this one.
Taft of Woodland Hills was a giving mood Friday night at Cougar Stadium, committing 17 penalties for 132 yards.
Golden Valley continued to struggle on offense thanks to Serrano's strong defensive effort in a 24-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday at Canyon High.
The Diamondbacks (3-2) entered the game giving up only seven points per contest and controlled the line of scrimmage all night, limiting Golden Valley (0-4) to less that 100 yards of total offense.
PALMDALE - With a bye next week, Hart can now add momentum to its repertoire heading into Foothill League play.
Indians quarterback C.J. Reyes threw three touchdowns, two to wide receiver Ty MacArthur, and Hart's defense forced five turnovers as the Indians beat Paraclete 28-7 in their pre-league finale on Friday at Knight High School in Palmdale.
Valencia has looked like the team to beat in the Foothill League based on pre-league performance.
Santa Monica did nothing to disprove that theory.
Just when it appeared the ghosts of the Valencia's postseason past were looming over Valencia High on Friday, the fears of the Viking faithful were abruptly put to rest.
The end of the era could have been at the plate with Nick Valaika up in the bottom of the seventh inning and his Hart Indians down six runs to Orange Lutheran in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs on Friday.
Valencia High School could only hold off construction of its new turf field for so long.
The Santa Clarita Christian baseball team has to be wondering when it will get a real test this season.
We've sort of neglected the play of Saugus' Braden and Aden combo because of two other great Foothill League stories this year - Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang's ascension to the top of the Foothill League and Hart's displacing six-time champion West Ranch as league champion.
West Ranch didn't expect to see its season end so early.
With all of the Santa Clarita Valley boys tennis teams eliminated from the postseason, it's time to turn our attention to the CIF-Southern Section individual sectionals.
Albert Einstein Academy baseball made sure its first playoff win in school history was a memorable one.
MISSION HILLS - If Foothill League play for Saugus could be broken down into a seven-inning game, it would be a quick start, a lead in the middle and finally close but not enough.
There were the standard handshakes and hugs among players and coaches that normally follow a season-ending loss.
Before anyone at The Signal ever saw Saugus' Abbey Weitzeil swim, we knew she was fast.
There's no way around it, the Saugus Centurions softball team that took the field Tuesday resembled little from the co-Foothill League champions that rolled through most of the regular season.
The Trinity Classical Academy softball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday with its 19-13 loss to visiting Hawthorne Math and Science Academy at Trinity.
With her adrenaline pumping, Santa Clarita Christian sophomore Shelby Boswell felt like she could keep pitching all day long.
Canyon softball ran into a buzzsaw on Tuesday, and there simply wasn't much the Cowboys could do about it.