The Valencia boys soccer team better be ready to kick it into high gear.
Valencia is in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 soccer playoffs and plays Dominguez today in the wild-card round. The Vikings earned an at-large bid after finishing in a tie for third place in the Foothill League standings.
Valencia is one of four teams from the Foothill League in the Division 3 boys soccer playoffs.
West Ranch, the newly crowned champion of the Foothill League, opens at home against Cabrillo from Lompoc, the third-place team from the Los Padres League, on Wednesday.
The Hart boys are on the road and play Norte Vista, the second-place team from the Sunkist League.
The Saugus boys travel to play Nipomo, the champion of the Los Padres League.
Warren, the San Gabriel Valley League champion, is the No. 1 seed in the Division 3 playoffs.
The Santa Clarita Christian boys open the Division 7 playoffs at home against La Sierra Academy, the second-place team from the Arrowhead League.
On the girls side, Saugus, the Foothill League champion, opens at home against Tesoro, the third-place team from the Sea View League, in the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs on Friday.
If Saugus can get past Tesoro, second-seeded San Clemente awaits the Centurions in the second round.
The Hart girls are home in the first round and play Chaminade, the third-place team from the Mission League.
The Valencia girls are on the road and play Redlands in the first round.
West Ranch earned an at-large berth in the Division 1 playoffs and plays Huntington Beach in the wild-card round on Wednesday.
The Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer team is in the Division 7 playoffs and play Vistamar, the Coastal League champion, in the first round.
In auto racing, Irwindale Speedway, where a number of drivers from Santa Clarita won NASCAR Late Model and short track championships, canceled its racing season for 2012.
Canyon Country’s RJ Johnson won the Super Late Model championship and Valencia’s Connor Cantrell won the Super Trucks title at the track in 2011.
Go to Haddock in the Paddock for more reaction on the cancellation of the racing schedule at Irwindale.
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