High School Football
The Hart and Valencia football teams are headed for another showdown for the Foothill League title. The two teams meet in the final week of the regular season, on Nov. 7.
They are both 3-0 after the first three games of Foothill League play. They are both ranked in the top 10 of the CIF Southern Section West Valley Division, and are both contenders for a CIF championship.
Valencia is the reigning Foothill League champion. But Hart beat Valencia in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division championship game last season.
The entire Foothill League moved into the newly formed West Valley Division. That means new teams in the playoffs and unfamiliar opponents. Except that Hart and Valencia know each other very well.
Of the two teams, Valencia has looked like the favorite in recent weeks.
Hart opened Foothill League play with a narrow, 21-20, victory over Canyon. In the most recent game for the Indians, Golden Valley played it close. Hart won, 38-24, but Golden Valley trailed by three points in the third quarter.
Hart pulled away late in the game on an interception return for a touchdown by Trent Irwin.
Valencia has won its three Foothill League games by a combined score of 142-29. The Vikings are coming off a 41-0 shutout over West Ranch.
Valencia plays Canyon on Friday night. Hart plays Saugus.
Speaking of Canyon, the Cowboys are still alive in the Foothill League championship race.
Canyon beat Saugus, 28-20, to improve to 2-1 in league. The Cowboys already lost to Hart. But if they can beat Valencia on Friday night, it will make for an interesting final week of the regular season.
There could be a three-way tie for the Foothill League championship.
High School Cross Country
The Mt. San Antonio College Invitational cross country meet attracts some of the top teams in the state. The Foothill League sent five teams to the meet, Saugus being the only one that bowed out, and impressed.
The Hart boys won their Division 2 race in 1 hour, 23 minutes, 28.00 seconds. Nick Liebmann was second in the race in 15 minutes, 57.7 seconds.
The West Ranch boys won their Division 2 race in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 58.80 seconds and set a school record on the course.
West Ranch’s Tucker Welker won the race in 15 minutes, 22.7 seconds.
The Golden Valley girls won their Division 2 race in 1 hour, 40 minutes, 51.40 seconds. Samy Lopez from Canyon won her Division 2 race in 19 minutes, 3.6 seconds.
The Hart girls were second in their Division 2 sub-sweepstakes race in 1 hour, 40 minutes, 34.80 seconds.
After a slow start, the Kings have rattled off six wins in a row. They started the season with two losses, including an embarrassing 4-0 shutout against the San Jose Sharks on opening night.
But the Kings went 6-for-6 in their latest six-game homestand. Two big reasons for the turnaround, Jonathan Quick and a suffocating penalty kill.
Quick won five of the games in the six-game winning streak. He recorded two shutouts and gave up only four goals in those five games. Through the first eight games of the season, Quick has a 1.61 goals against average and a .953 save percentage.
Credit most of that to the penalty kill for the Kings.
The Kings gave up only one power play goal in the six-game homestand. They were 18-for-19 on the penalty kill. They were perfect until Sunday when the Kings gave up a power play goal to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Kings are on the road until Nov. 6. They have some tough tests against the Penguins and Red Wings.
The Kings return home against the New York Islanders in two weeks.
Tim Haddock is the sports director for KHTS AM 1220. He writes for the Ventura County Star and the Team USA website. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @thaddock.