Viewed as one of the Foothill League's elite teams heading into the season, West Ranch boys volleyball found itself four points away from taking a giant step backward.
The Santa Clarita Valley had a remarkable basketball season this winter, with 10 total teams reaching the CIF-Southern Section postseason.
Hart swimming kept on rolling Wednesday as the Indian faithful watched the girls cruise 132-38 and the boys win 113-57 over West Ranch at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.
It has been no secret that Valencia swimming is going to be a force this year. That said, Vikings head coach Mike Bechtoldt did something that surprised even the Golden Valley coaches. The Valencia girls won 127-43 and the boys won 136-32 Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, bolstered by junior varsity boys swimmers that were pulled up for the meet. It was a positive thing for both sides. "I think the biggest thing ...
Hart put 12 runs on the board in the first three innings en route to a 15-3 home victory over Canyon to pick up its third league win of the season.
It's too early to call anything a changing of the guard, but West Ranch baseball defeating Valencia 7-1 at home Wednesday definitely carries some kind of weight.
Saugus head coach John Maggiora believes that defense is the backbone of a good baseball team. Given his team's victory over Golden Valley Wednesday, it's hard to argue. Zach Vincej made several excellent plays at shortstop, Kyle Hooper threw 1 1/3 solid innings in relief and Saugus got timely hitting in a 3-2 win over the Grizzlies at Saugus High School. "We've been fortunate enough to play defense in our league games," Maggiora said. "If ...
Valencia continued its quest to keep its Foothill League crown with another decisive victory Tuesday.
West Ranch entered its match Tuesday at Golden Valley as one of the better teams in the Foothill League, and the Wildcats' performance showed why they may have a chance to give perennial power Valencia a run for the title.
Valencia continued its dominance of the Foothill League in a way that was anything but dominant.
Valencia senior golfer Alex Macaluso didn't have to battle as hard on the golf course Tuesday as much as he had to battle off the course coming up with the right word to describe the gap between his team and Foothill League-leading West Ranch.
Going into Tuesday's swim meet with Canyon, Saugus head coach Vicky Donnelly expected challenges on the girls' side, and knew it would be a battle between the boys.
One tried out for volleyball in the spur of the moment. One hasn't stopped playing volleyball for the past four years. One had never touched a volleyball until a few weeks ago. West Ranch seniors Frankie Madero, Jeff Zepp and Kulwinder Singh all took different paths to joining the boys volleyball team, but now that they're together, the trio has one goal in mind.
There may be no program as dominant in its respective sport in the Santa Clarita Valley than Valencia boys volleyball. But fresh off their consensus national championship, the Vikings will look completely different this year.
A late goal from Bakersfield's Joshua Shin with 4:38 remaining in the third period was the difference in the Roughnecks' 3-1 victory over Valencia High on the opening night of Ice Station Valencia's High School Hockey season on Monday night. In its ninth consecutive year, the club league features eight teams, including Valencia High, Canyon High, Hart High, Saugus High, Antelope Valley High, Bakersfield High, Burbank and West Valley (San Fernando and Simi Valleys).
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.
Valencia junior Lindsey Knudsen took full advantage of her two extra days off from school last week as students were given Monday and Tuesday off for fall break.
The entire CIF-Southern Section Northern Division is now into league play. This is when we should start seeing some significant movement in the polls.
The Valencia Vikings girls tennis program began the second leg of the Foothill League season with a big 12-6 win over the West Ranch Wildcats at West Ranch on Monday in a make-up match for Wednesday's rain-out.
Kindly excuse anyone for calling this year's Canyon High girls cross country team a surprise.
Santa Clarita Christian football has played its fair share of tough, physical teams this season, some of them in higher divisions.