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The Day After: Rain could shelve soccer

All this week’s Foothill League matches might end up being postponed

Posted: January 20, 2010 10:15 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2010 4:55 a.m.
As torrential rain pounded the Santa Clarita Valley, the boys and girls Foothill League soccer matches were postponed until Monday.

Now Friday appears to be in danger as well.

“We’ve got basically a small little landing strip on our field and if we don’t get any kind of break, then Friday’s games won’t be able to be played here,” said Saugus athletic director Kevin Miner. “We’ve got basically the center of field that is not under water right now.”

If the field does not drain, then it is likely that Friday’s games will be rescheduled as well.

Miner said that playing four games next week is a possibility, but the preference is to add one game to each of the next two weeks so as to not burn out the athletes.

Either way, top matchups such as Valencia-Canyon on the boys side and Hart-Saugus on the girls side may be called off for the time being, especially since all six Foothill League schools play on the same type of artificial surface.

“I would say that it’s not looking good for Friday,” Miner said.

Boys Basketball

Highlighting Tuesday’s action was a head-to-head matchup between two of the Santa Clarita Valley’s top talents in Golden Valley senior Trevor Wiseman and Valencia junior Lonnie Jackson.

Wiseman finished with 27 points, while Jackson was held to 13 and the Grizzlies topped the Vikings 75-68 at Golden Valley High School.

Jackson is averaging 23.8 points per game and was the only Viking in double figures, despite continually facing a double team.

Valencia head coach Rocket Collins said his team has faced the box-and-1 defense throughout league play.

“Yeah (it bothered us) a little bit,” Collins said. “But we didn’t do what we had to do. We didn’t execute offensively at all.”

The Grizzlies were more than happy to prevent the Vikings from winning on Tuesday. On Friday, however, they will be Valencia’s biggest supporters.

The Vikings will play at Canyon, which knocked off Golden Valley 77-70 on Jan. 12 and is currently riding a six-game winning streak.

The Cowboys are the only undefeated team left in league play, but if they fall to the Vikings, a first-place tie with the Grizzlies could result.

Meanwhile, Saugus will host Hart on Friday to try to get back to .500 in the league after losing its second straight Foothill game — a 57-48 loss to Canyon on Tuesday.

The Indians fell to 0-3 in league play with a 62-56 setback against West Ranch, which earned its first league win of the season in the process.

Hart finished 8-2 in the Foothill League last season.

The Wildcats will play at Golden Valley on Friday.

Girls Basketball

Canyon and West Ranch are on a collision course.

If they can both get through Friday, the inside track to the Foothill League title is on the line.

But that is a substantial “if” as the Cowboys prepare for their toughest league test of the season when they host Valencia.

The Vikings beat Golden Valley 68-16 on Tuesday and rested senior standouts Lindsey Hill and Jenny Lentz, who also did not play in Saturday’s 65-37 loss to Ventura at the Buena Shootout due to injuries.

Hill is averaging 10.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game, while Lentz is averaging 10.6 points with 5.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals.

Valencia head coach Jerry Mike said after Tuesday’s game that both players are expected to start against Canyon, and that the move to sit the duo was precautionary in order to ensure that both players were healthy for Friday.

Canyon will enter the contest fresh off a 58-49 win over Saugus in which Adriana Dent and Brooke LeMar combined for 36 points.

LeMar and Dent are the only Cowboys averaging double figures in scoring this season with 14.5 and 12.7 points per game, respectively.

West Ranch, which earned the program’s first on-court victory over the Indians on Tuesday, will host winless Golden Valley on Friday and Saugus entertains Hart in the other girls matchup on Friday.

Signal staff writer Perry Smith contributed to this report.


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