[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
64°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
April 1
2004 - Last day in Sacramento for Sen. Pete Knight, who succumbs one month later to a sudden onset of leukemia [story]
Pete Knight


Santa Clarita basketball has brought a lot of surprises this season as the boys are now a third of the way through league competition.

One thing that has stayed consistent is Valencia’s dominance. Head coach Bill Bedgood said he was looking to lead his team to its second straight league title and so far, has not tripped up.

The Vikings are undefeated in the Foothill League so far. Two players also passed 1,000 career points in the early stages of league play. Noah Veluzat broke the milestone in the league opener against Saugus on Jan. 7 and Jake Hlywiak did the same in Tuesday’s game against West Ranch.

“I worked really hard,” said Veluzat after Valencia’s game against Saugus. “To know that I passed 1,000, it’s pretty cool. I’d like to try and get 2,000 now. That’s my goal before high school ends.”

Valencia’s closest game was the league opener against Saugus, in which they won 62-59 on a last-minute steal from senior KJ Jones. They also secured two road victories against Hart 82-64 and West Ranch 89-56, both tied for second in league.

The Centurions, on the other hand, have had a much more unfortunate start to the season than expected. They lost their first two Foothill League games to Valencia 62-59 and West Ranch 75-69.

Saugus got back on track Tuesday night against Golden Valley and won by nearly 60 points. A 102-44 victory more than made up for the hiccup at the start of league play. Adrian McIntyre has been able to stay consistent for the Centurions, though. He leads their offense in scoring and has had multiple games with 20 or more points.

Although Saugus had an unexpected rough start, the Grizzlies have received the worst of it. They surpassed their win total from last year already with five wins but have not had quite the same dream start they hoped for since entering league play.

The Golden Valley offense has had trouble getting going this season. Its defense has played well, minus one slip up at Saugus on Tuesday, but offense is what has kept the Grizzlies just behind their opponents. They are winless since entering league play and will go on to face the undefeated Vikings Friday night.

Going into league play, Canyon and Hart were looking equal. Both teams finished the pre-league season with a 10-8 record. However, Hart has been able to jump the Cowboys in the standings, especially after a hard-fought battle at Canyon High School Tuesday night. The Indians won 6-2.

Hart head coach Tom Kelly praised his perimeter shooters coming into league play. They have not disappointed. The Indians have been lights out from range to this point of the season, even against the toughest opponents.

“When we move and share the ball, we’re very hard to defend,” Kelly said before league play began. “We have multiple guys that can shoot pass and handle the ball so we’re pretty solid on the perimeter.”

As for Canyon, head coach Sean DeLong claimed to have one of the hardest working teams in his tenure. He was not exaggerating. The Cowboys have been an immovable object on defense this season, shutting down any offense that tries to go inside on it.

“The kids come to practice every day and they are constantly trying to improve themselves,” DeLong said at the end of pre-league. “We are young and inexperienced, but they work really hard.”

Other coaches around the league have noticed the high level the Cowboys are playing at too.

“Canyon’s gotten a lot better of the last two years,” Kelly said after a game against the Cowboys on Jan. 14. “I give them a lot of credit. They compete every possession.”

Canyon’s game against Hart on Tuesday was one of the more significant ones around the valley as they were playing to break a tie with one another. Hart’s narrow 67-62 victory knocked the Cowboys a game back behind the Indians and West Ranch who are tied for second.

The Wildcats are in great position to sneak up on the rest of the Foothill League. West Ranch lost a lot of its star players from last year but managed to still have a solid start to the season with a 9-8 pre-league record. It is currently tied for second with Hart, both just a game back from Valencia in first.

West Ranch had its shot at first Tuesday night, but fell to the Vikings. The Indians and Wildcats will battle Friday night to take sole possession of second in the league.

Outside of the Foothill League, Santa Clarita Christian is putting together a spectacular season. It is 13-5 to this point and has won its only league game so far. It has had landmark wins against Rancho Christian and Heritage Christian. SCCS also won the gold division in The Classic at Damien. The Cardinals may be the toughest team in the valley this season.

It’s too early to tell how the season will end, but with a quarter of league play in the books and only three weeks until the end of the season, fans are beginning to get a good idea of how things will shape up.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


WATCH NOW
LOCAL SPORTS HEADLINES
Wednesday, Apr 1, 2020
Spectrum Networks announced a carriage agreement to launch the Los Angeles Dodgers award-winning regional sports network, Spectrum SportsNet LA, to AT&T video subscribers beginning Wednesday.
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
After 20 years of faithfully serving the skating community, Ice Station Valencia is sadly announcing that it will be closing its doors permanently, effective immediately.
Sunday, Mar 22, 2020
The Los Angeles Rams and KABC are teaming up to host a virtual Te'LA’thon, Tuesday, March 24, from 4 a.m. - 7 p.m., to assist Southern California response efforts during this unprecedented global health crisis.
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020
Minor League Baseball President Pat O'Conner sent a note to fans including Lancaster Jethawks fans Saturday morning about ending spring training and postponing MiLB's season opener due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sunday, Mar 15, 2020
In response to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Los Angeles Clippers, LA Kings, LA Lakers and STAPLES Center have joined together to establish a fund to provide financial support to all hourly event staff employees impacted by the suspension of sporting events at STAPLES Center.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
While College of the Canyons recently transitioned most of its spring courses and services to an online format, something else at the college recently went online.
COC Comes One Step Closer to Energy Independence
In keeping the health and best interests of cancer patients, survivors and Circle of Hope staff in mind, Circle of Hope has temporarily suspended services out of their office and Wellness Center in Newhall. The organization remains open offering its services and programs remotely.
Circle of Hope Seeks Community Support; Continues Programs Remotely
The Valley Industry Association (VIA) will host its first Virtual Cocktails & Conversation with State Senator Scott Wilk from California's 21st Senate District.
April 7: Virtual Cocktails & Conversation with Scott Wilk
SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced Wednesday that the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State Board of Education (SBE) have issued new guidance on graduation requirements and grading for seniors.
California Schools Chief Issues New Guidance on Grading, Senior Graduation
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce has readily-available resources to assist your business during the COVID-19 crisis.
Chamber to Hold COVID-19 Webinar Series
(CN) — As the Covid-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on economies around the world, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that 6.6 million people applied for unemployment insurance benefits over the last week — roughly 2% of the country’s population.
U.S. Unemployment Claims Hit 6.6 Million
Earthquake, fire, epidemic, pandemic are all real disasters. Are you ready? Have you prepared? If you’re still running to the store every other day, you’re not prepared, and you could be opening yourself up to infection.
Who Needs Toilet Paper? | Commentary by Dianne Hellrigel
A train engineer at the Port of Los Angeles was arrested Wednesday morning on federal charges for allegedly running a locomotive at full speed off the end of rail tracks near the USNS Mercy.
Affidavit: L.A. Conspiracy Theorist Aimed Train at Navy Hospital Ship
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital officials said Tuesday that they remain “in pretty good shape” as it pertains to their supply of personal protective equipment and ventilators, but that they are also preparing for the COVID-19 peak.
Henry Mayo Says it Has Adequate Supply of Ventilators
The national stockpile of personal protective equipment is nearly depleted, President Donald Trump said at the White House’s COVID-19 task force briefing Wednesday.
National Stockpile of Medical Supplies Nearly Gone, Trump Confirms
At checkout, a gentleman six feet behind me asked if I wanted some bottles of fruit juice from his cart. Nope. I thanked him, then checked out.
On Being a Senior | Doctor’s Diary with Dr. Gene Dorio
Los Angeles County Public Health officials on Wednesday confirmed 11 new deaths and 513 new cases of COVID-19 in the county, with at least 56 cases reported to date in the Santa Clarita Valley.
L.A. County Wednesday: 11 New Deaths, 513 New Cases, At Least 56 Total in SCV
The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control has been awarded a grant of $80,000 from the Petco Foundation to support lifesaving efforts for county animals.
Petco Awards $85K Grant to L.A. County Animal Care
Spectrum Networks announced a carriage agreement to launch the Los Angeles Dodgers award-winning regional sports network, Spectrum SportsNet LA, to AT&T video subscribers beginning Wednesday.
Dodgers News: See SportsNet LA and Games on AT&T
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recommends that school campuses remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
State Schools Chief: Campuses Should Stay Closed Through School Year
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion authored by Supervisors Ridley-Thomas and Kuehl ratifying an Executive Order which called for the County Health Officer to conduct an immediate assessment of the county’s jails to identify and implement measures to protect individuals and staff inside.
Supes Move to Protect County Inmates from COVID-19
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the “Stay Home - Save Lives - Check In” campaign on Tuesday urging Californians to help combat social isolation and food insecurity among California's seniors older than 65 – a community that is uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19.
Newsom Launches Campaign to Combat Seniors’ Social Isolation
The Santa Clarita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to establish an ordinance that protects residential and commercial tenants citywide from evictions through the end of May.
Santa Clarita Blocks Evictions of Residential, Commercial Tenants
While some have taken to the traditional thread and needle to contribute to the Million Masks challenge, Santa Clarita resident A.J. Apone and his father, Allan, have decided to make 3D printer technology work for them.
Newhall Resident 3D-Prints Masks for First Responders
The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it is making $850 million available to help public safety agencies respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.
DOJ Makes $850M Available to Public Safety Agencies
In the latest break between the Trump administration and California on environmental policy, officials decided Tuesday to give the state unprecedented control over a water plan that delivers water to more than 27 million residents.
California Moves Ahead With Water Plan Without Feds’ Guidance
New research on the significant gender imbalance in Hollywood reveals long-trends in female representation in the U.S. movie industry, specifically a sharp decline associated with the “studio system” in the Golden Age era, from about 1922 to 1950.
Study: For Women, Golden Age of Hollywood Not So Golden
2004 - Last day in Sacramento for Sen. Pete Knight, who succumbs one month later to a sudden onset of leukemia [story]
Pete Knight
The city of Santa Clarita released a statement regarding the death of a Santa Clarita Transit driver from COVID-19.
Santa Clarita Bus Driver Dies from COVID-19; Had NoHo-Warner Center Route
%d bloggers like this: