A physical game from start to finish, West Ranch earned itself a spot in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA boys basketball playoffs Wednesday night, winning at Serrano of Phelan 73-46.
It's one thing to talk about taking care of business against an inferior opponent. It's another thing to actually do it.
The 2008-'09 season has been an evolutionary year for Saugus boys soccer.
Two weeks ago, Hart struggled with muddy field conditions in a loss to Canyon.
Prep athletics in the Santa Clarita Valley might avoid the budget ax altogether.
Breaking from usual form, the CIF-Southern Section granted at-large berths Monday to Foothill League teams in boys and girls soccer.
Both, Golden Valley's boys and Hart's girls received bids after finishing fourth this season in league.
For some people, fear drives them to excel.
For Canyon junior goalkeeper Alex Krall, it is a healthy fear and one that is self-imposed.
The 2009 CIF-Southern Section basketball playoff brackets were released Sunday, leaving the Foothill League boys field of teams smiling across the board.
All six schools made it into the boys playoffs, while Saugus, Valencia and West Ranch will represent the league on the girls' side.
At last, Golden Valley has won a Foothill League championship.
The state budget crunch may mean individual schools have to pay for substitute teachers when coaches travel with their teams, missing a day of school, according to some reports Friday.
West Ranch closed the third quarter on a 7-0 run and fended off Golden Valley 50-38 Thursday on senior day.
The Wildcats also clinched third place in the Foothill League, guaranteeing them a spot in the CIF-Southern Section postseason for the first time ever.
Just how costly was the residency falsification that cost the Canyon girls basketball team 10 wins, two players and its head coach?
The final answer came Thursday.
One way or another, Foothill League boys soccer history was going to be made Thursday afternoon at West Ranch High.
As Golden Valley took on West Ranch on the last day of the regular season, the two teams were battling for the final playoff berth from the Foothill League with the winning team advancing to the postseason for the first time in either school's brief history.
Saugus girls basketball needed a little help to earn its second outright Foothill League title in school history, but the Centurions' 50-36 home victory over Hart coupled with Canyon's one-point win against Valencia completed the team's regular season goal.
This also makes it back-to-back titles, as Saugus shared it last season with Hart.
In one year, Golden Valley has gone from winless to peerless.
The Grizzlies outscored West Ranch 30-7 in the third quarter and emphatically wrapped up an outright Foothill League title with an 84-66 victory Thursday evening at West Ranch High School.
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.