Call it vindication, call it a victory. The West Ranch girls tennis team, which finished second in the Foothill League but landed in the CIF-Southern Section Division III wild card bracket, proved it deserves respect as the team won its first-ever post season match with a Tuesday victory against Paso Robles. The Wildcats defeated the Bearcats 14-4 at home. When West Ranch head coach Eric Speicker saw the draw and that his team had been ...
In its first-ever playoff home match, the West Ranch girls volleyball team was triumphant. The Wildcats defeated Calvary Chapel, the Orange Coast's No. 3 finisher, in the first round of CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs 26-24,25-21,25-19. "We knew what we had to do and we just wanted to have fun." said West Ranch outside hitter Allison Summers. "This is the best we have played in a long time." Summers finished the contest with a team ...
By Signal Staff The Saugus girls volleyball team exited the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs.
There's a new Hammerin' Hank in town. Katie Hank blasted her way to 13 kills Tuesday, helping Valencia vanquish San Luis Obispo in three sets at home in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A Girls Volleyball Playoffs. The Vikings advanced by winning 25-13, 25-15, 27-25. Hank hammered four kills in the first game and six in the second as the Vikings (20-9) won their fourth match in a row. "We could've shut ...
When do you know when you've truly become a man? There's no experience, like reaching the top of a mountain, that tells you. It's not when hair grows on your chest for the first time. It's a process. And this valley has watched much of Shane Vereen's process. It started when he burst onto the scene as a sophomore running back at Valencia High. One can now see the process on television or in person ...
While the Valencia boys vollleyball squad have grabbed the headlines with several CIF victories over the past few seasons, the girls side has not been as successful.
Dos Pueblos 204, Valencia 246 At Glen Annie par 35.Sue Chung and Holly Hind led the Vikings by shooting a 47 and 48, respectively. Hart 206, Quartz Hill 215 Brenna Carlson led Hart by shooting an even-par 36 over nine holes. Hart is now 2-0 on the season. Nikki Prichard and Amanda Corr both shot a score of 40. Molli Cayson and Kendall Dusenberry both shot a 45.
In comparison to many of the other sports played in the Foothill League, girls golf is still in its early stages. Much of its 10-year history comes from individual success - names like Alexis Arnold, Melanie DeLeon, Stevy Loy and Jasnin Samson, girls who fulfilled their promise in high school and gained college scholarships.
It came as no surprise to Valencia girls tennis head coach Annie Kellogg that her Vikings team was highly positioned in the CIF-Southern Section Division III brackets - released Monday. The team sat near the top of the CIF polls all season and currently holds the No. 2 spot.
Behind a powerful three-headed monster in the form of quarterback Steven Borden, receiver Colin Mayhugh and running back Collin Keoshian, Santa Clarita Christian School's football team is a proven force in 8-man competition. The Cardinals, currently ranked No. 5 in the CIF-Southern Section Division I 8-Man Football, will kick off the first round of playoffs hosting West Shores of Salton City Saturday at a time to be determined.
It will probably be the same old story in girls tennis in 2008, with perennial Foothill League champions Valencia once again edging Hart for the title.
The brackets for the CIF-Southern Section postseason were released Sunday with one big local surprise. It was expected that Valencia, West Ranch and Saugus would all be postseason bound, but Hart secured a surprising at-large bid.
While Santa Clarita Christian School was able to end their season on a high note, they are now forced to play the waiting game.
The Valencia High public address announcer gave it his best. Every free chance he stumbled onto, from the first quarter through the fourth, he reminded the crowd to stay off the field for the conclusion of Friday's showdown between Valencia and Saugus. He had to know it wasn't going to work. The Centurion fans never had an opportunity to celebrate a Foothill League championship before. There was no keeping them from exploding, blue-and-white colored streamers ...
Oh, what could have been. Or what should have been. Had it not been for two plays and a couple of costly penalties, West Ranch might have won its first game against one of the Santa Clarita Valley's Big Four. Instead, arguably the preeminent program in this valley's history squeaked by the fledgling Wildcats 18-13 Friday night at Cougar Stadium. "When the final tick went off, I let off a big exhale," said Hart quarterback ...
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.