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We’ve arrived at mid-point

Basketball has its top teams, soccer is the land of confusion

Posted: January 28, 2009 9:40 p.m.
Updated: January 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.
We’ve reached the midway point of Foothill League boys and girls soccer and boys and girls basketball.

What have we learned?

Foothill League boys soccer  — you figure it out because at this point, anyone can become the Foothill League champion.

Foothill League girls soccer — the biggest game of the season could be Friday.

Foothill League boys basketball — it’s Golden Valley and five teams aiming for the Grizzlies.

Foothill League girls basketball — turmoil has turned the league upside down.

Back to boys soccer.

Every team owns at least one win.

That’s because winless Hart defeated undefeated Saugus Tuesday 2-0.

Canyon is the only team with three victories, which gives it the inside track to a league championship.

But things could end up like last season where three teams shared the crown.

And a slow start doesn’t necessarily preclude a team from making a charge.

Ask Golden Valley.

After losing its first four games last year, it went 4-1-1 in the final six.

Yet the Grizzlies didn’t make the postseason.

There’s no doubt that the biggest soccer game girls or boys this Friday is the Saugus-Valencia girls game at 5 p.m. Friday.

The Vikings, who host the game, are 4-1.

Saugus enters the contest at 4-1, its only loss being a league-opening 4-2 setback to Valencia.

Centurions head coach Lisa Rollo said that wasn’t her team.

We’ll see on Friday.

Canyon lurks.

After defeating Valencia 3-1 on Tuesday, the Cowboys are 3-1-1.

Canyon hasn’t been so lucky in boys basketball, where the Cowboys, like the rest of the league, are looking up at Golden Valley.

The Grizzlies made it through the first half of the league schedule unblemished, but face a stiff test on Friday when they travel to Hart.

The Indians are the only other team with a winning record in league play, and pushed Golden Valley to the limit in their first Foothill meeting.

So did Valencia, which lost at home to Golden Valley by just two points and features the league’s leading scorer in sophomore Lonnie Jackson, who’s averaging 23.1 points per game.

Like Golden Valley, the Saugus girls basketball team has a big target on its back thanks to its perfect record.

The Centurions upended Valencia on the road to open the season and haven’t blinked in posting double-digit victories over the other four league opponents.

Two of those opponents, Hart and Canyon, endured scandals involving the falsification of residency records during the first half of league play. Hart lost its leading scorer, while Canyon lost two of its best players and its coach.

Valencia also lost its best player when Starla Wright suffered a concussion in the team’s second league game. Wright returned with a big 27-point performance against Canyon Tuesday, and the Vikings will need her if they want to overcome two league losses and capture the title.

Amid all the turmoil, West Ranch has remained steady and is the biggest surprise of the season.

West Ranch is 4-1 and deserves plenty of credit for its performance thus far. The second half of the schedule, however, includes a trip to Valencia, which didn’t have Wright in the first meeting, and a home date with league-leading Saugus.

The Wildcats have climbed the league’s ladder.

Now we’ll see if they can stay there.


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