Valencia, Saugus Girls Volleyball Teams Win CIF First Round Playoff Matches
Two girls volleyball teams from the Foothill League advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. One team was eliminated.
The Valencia girls had an easy time in their first round Southern Section Division 1-A match, sweeping visiting Estancia in three games.
Alexa Schmidt and Emily Ellias each had seven kills to lead Valencia.
The Saugus girls had a tougher opening round match against Calvary Chapel. After winning the first two games, Saugus was forced to a fifth game, winning, 15-11.
Jaclyn Clark had 20 kills and setter Ashley Guthrie had 38 assists for Saugus. Sarah Blomgren had 13 kills and Ashley Pagan added six kills and six blocks.
The West Ranch girls took San Luis Obispo to five games on the road, but lost the fifth game, 15-9.
Bree Braucher led West Ranch with 17 kills and six blocks. Angel Rutledge had 11 kills and six blocks.
The Trinity Classical Academy girls swept their first-round opponents in the Southern Section Division 5-A playoffs. Trinity beat Southwestern Academy in three games.
Julia Howell had 10 kills and 17 digs for Trinity.
The Santa Clarita Christian girls volleyball team won their first-round match in the Southern Section Division 4-A playoffs, beat Holy Family in four games.
Shannon Houchin had nine kills and five blocks in the win for Santa Clarita Christian.
The two 8-man high school football teams in the Santa Clarita Valley are headed to the CIF playoffs.
The Santa Clarita Christian football team, the reigning CIF Southern Section Division I 8-man champions, will play Riverside Prep at Canyon High School on Friday night in a first-round playoff game.
Santa Clarita Christian has an 8-1 record and is the No. 3 team in the Southern Section Division I rankings.
Riverside Prep is 5-4 and completed its first regular season of varsity football.
The Trinity Classical Academy will play Immanuel Christian in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division II 8-man playoffs.
Trinity won the Omega League championship in its first year of varsity football with a 4-4-1 record. Immanuel Christian is from the Hi-Lo League and finished with a 6-3 record.
In college golf, the College of the Canyons women finished second in the Southern California Regionals at Alisal Ranch Golf Course in Solvang. Irvine Valley College won the match, shooting 632 as a team over the two days of the tournament.
COC was 21 shots behind Irvine Valley College at 653. Mt. San Jacinto College was third.
Taylor Gould led the way for COC with a 161 over the two-day tournament. She shot a 79 on the first day and an 82 on the second day. Teammate Hannah Lee shot an 85 on the first day of the tournament and a 79 on the second day for a two-day total of 164.
In high school tennis, the Hart girls won their CIF Southern Section Division III wild-card match against Paramount, 14-4. Anne Susdorf swept her singles sets for Hart.
In the NBA, the Lakers beat the visiting and struggling Minnesota Timberwolves, 99-94, behind 33 points from Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers ran their record to 8-0.