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Silver lining in SCCS' championship loss

Posted: March 9, 2014 10:54 p.m.
Updated: March 9, 2014 10:54 p.m.
Santa Clarita Christian sports are on the rise this season. Santa Clarita Christian sports are on the rise this season.
Santa Clarita Christian sports are on the rise this season.

SANTA ANA — The significance of Saturday’s game was not lost on Santa Clarita Christian’s athletic department.

Most every SCCS coach and administrator was on hand at Godinez High School to see the school’s boys basketball team lose 58-32 to Renaissance Academy in the CIF-Southern Section Division VA championship game.

It was the first title game any SCCS boys basketball team has ever appeared in a CIF title game.

Afterward, the players were understandably melancholy.

But even in the throngs of defeat, SCCS athletic director Ali Aguilar was able to put it all in perspective.

“They’re making school history every time they play another game,” he said. “We’re definitely looking forward to the expectation to keep growing in boys basketball and any of our sports for that matter.”

Lately, the expectations have been rising for several SCCS sports.

The football team elevated from 8-man to 11-man three years ago and has advanced to the postseason twice since then.

The girls volleyball team advanced to the CIF quarterfinals this past fall and the girls soccer team broke new ground by making it to its first CIF semifinal in school history last week.

It’s already been a banner year for the school, and Saturday’s game serves as the peak moment for the small but passionate community surrounding the Canyon Country-based Christian school.

SCCS boys basketball head coach James Mosley said the uptick in success has been years in the making.

“We decided we wanted to give the best
opportunity to our kids that we can athletically,” Mosley said. “We want to make sure they’re getting their workout programs. We provide the summer and spring ball. And just as much as you can, you share athletes as a small school, but we said we want to do the best job we can and just reinvent ourselves.”

Around three years ago, the school invested in an on-campus weight room and batting cages and added more emphasis on year-round athletic training.

SCCS baseball and football head coach Garrick Moss, who has been at the school for 18 years, said those additions have paid dividends.

“It is difficult to continue building year after year because the small enrollment doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be great every year,” Moss said. “It really comes down to coaching, preparation, how the coaches work with the different teams that are coming through.”

And it’s coaches like Moss who continue to help programs grow.

Moss has coached football and baseball since he started both teams in the late 1990s. He, along with long-tenured coaches Darcy Brown (girls volleyball), Steve Cooper (boys soccer) and Mosley, have all guided their teams to more than 100 wins in their time at SCCS.

“It all starts with the coaching and development of the kids,” Aguilar said.

And Moss pointed out that the rise in athletic prowess is not coming at the expense of academics.

Of 34 football players this past year, he said roughly 75 percent were honor roll students.

“Our kids that are really driven in the classroom are also really driven to be the best athlete they can be out on the field or the court,” Moss said.

Things are looking up at SCCS. Saturday’s CIF championship loss may sting a little bit for now, but there’s no reason for players to hang their heads.



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