After quick starts from both postseason-bound local hockey teams, the weekend brought an end to both the College of the Canyons' and the Valencia Flyers' playoff runs.
COC began with a 6-5 win over fourth seeded Albany Wednesday in the American Collegiate Hockey Association's Division III National Championship Tournament in Rochester, N.Y., but followed up its opening-round victory with three consecutive losses, including lopsided defeats to Grand Valley State and Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association foe Northern Arizona.
The Master's College experienced an up-and-down season in 2008-09.
On Jan. 6, The Master's College's men's basketball team knocked off NAIA powerhouse Concordia in Irvine in a thrilling 91-86 overtime victory.
Battling perfection is never an easy task, and College of the Canyons had that lesson reinforced Saturday.
Pitching has been the backbone of The Master's College's baseball season, and the Mustangs turned in another solid performance on the hill Thursday to pick up a win against Westmont, 4-2 at home.
College of the Canyons dropped into the consolation bracket at the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division-III National Championships with a 7-2 loss to Grand Valley State Thursday in Rochester, N.Y.
Unbeknownst to many outside of the Southern California hockey scene, College of the Canyons has put together a consistently successful hockey team in only nine years of existence.
Ashley Jaramillo is unique.
She didn't come from one of the college softball factories of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The Master's College women's basketball team finished the regular season on a high note Monday night, but just barely.
After Fresno Pacific guard Bricali Cooley sent the game to overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Mustangs regained control of the game and edged the Sunbirds 67-63 at Bross Gym.
You couldn't ask for more drama from The Master's College men's basketball team.
The Mustangs solidified their trip to the conference tournament Monday night, defeating the Golden State Athletic Conference's No. 1 ranked-Fresno Pacific 75-70 at Bross Gym.
The College of the Canyons' women's basketball team edged out Mt. San Jacinto Friday night at the Cougar Cage 81-77 in the Southern California South Region Semifinals.
Close throughout, the lead was never more than seven points as the Cougars (24-8) were able to keep the tempo up and knock their free throws down late in the game.
The thought of starting something new can be daunting.
For University of Oregon sophomore basketball player Tatianna Thomas, all it took was a first step.
Excitement. Reality. Confusion. Frustration.
Those were the four stages experienced by Canyon High graduate Matt Warr in one year.
Kris Rincon faced the realization that so many big-time high school athletes face once they reach college.
There are other big-time athletes and even more bigger-time athletes.
College of the Canyons women's basketball parlayed its defense into offense and won 109-42 Saturday at home against Los Angeles Valley College.
Valencia High graduate Alison Lee has successfully parlayed a stellar junior golf career into an impressive start to her college campaign.
Two different mind-sets, but the same approach.
The Master's College women's basketball team continues to earn national recognition after is successful 2013-14 season, while Mustang golf, track and field and baseball spent the week competing in important competitions.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer from NBA range with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift Kentucky and its freshmen to a 75-72 win over Michigan and a trip to the Final Four.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Arizona spent eight weeks as the nation's top-ranked team and ran off 21 straight victories.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - First yet again this season, the Florida Gators want more. Much more.
It was a short, but impactful, week in The Master's College Athletic Department. The women's basketball team prematurely ended its season in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament on Wednesday, while Mustangs baseball struggled to hold onto first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference in its series against San Diego Christian College.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jordan Adams scored 19 points and UCLA beat Stephen F. Austin 77-60 on Sunday to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - It took a program stocked with NBA prospects to finally end Wichita State's perfect run.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 points and Jordan Sibert, held scoreless in the first half, hit a key 3-pointer with 47.7 seconds left as Dayton stunned Syracuse to earn a spot in the Sweet 16 for the first time in three decades.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jordan Adams had 21 points and eight rebounds, and Norman Powell scored 15 points in his hometown to lead fourth-seeded UCLA to a 76-59 victory over 13th-seeded Tulsa on Friday night, spoiling the NCAA tournament head coaching debut of Danny Manning.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Lawrence Alexander hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to force overtime and freshman Carlin Dupree scored four points in the final 75 seconds for No. 12 seed North Dakota State.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Now that Cal Poly has gotten its first NCAA victory out of the way, why stop at one?
For the second year in a row, The Master's College women's basketball team entered the national tournament with high hopes only to see them come crashing down much earlier than expected.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Golden Valley graduate and Minnesota senior guard Maverick Ahanmisi scored a career-high 21 points, and Minnesota moved on in the National Invitation Tournament with an 88-81 victory over High Point on Tuesday.