Four girls soccer teams from the Foothill League earned spots in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.
The Saugus girls are home and will play Newport Harbor in the first round on Thursday. The Valencia girls are on the road and will play Mission Viejo in the first round.
Saugus won the Foothill League championship with a perfect 10-0 record. Valencia is the third-place team from the Foothill League.
The two teams could potentially meet in the semifinals of the playoffs. Saugus would have to get passed third-seeded Flintridge Sacred Heart and Valencia would have to beat second-seeded Esperanza to reach the semis.
The Hart girls will travel to play Harvard-Westlake in the first round.
The Canyon girls earned an at-large berth and will travel to play Orange Lutheran in the wild-card round today.
San Clemente, the South Coast League champion, is the No. 1 seed in the Division I playoffs. Dana Hills is No. 4.
Esperanza won the Division 1 championship last year, beating San Clemente, 3-1, on penalty kicks.
The Vasquez girls soccer team is home for its first-round game in the Division 5 playoffs. Vasquez will play Anaheim.
Santa Clarita Christian is home for its first-round game in the Division 7 playoffs and will play Frazier Mountain.
The Santa Clarita Christian girls basketball team begins CIF playoffs at home against St. Monica Academy in the Division 6A wild-card round tonight.
Four boys soccer teams from the Foothill League are in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs. West Ranch, the Foothill League champs, is home in the first round and will play Santa Maria on Thursday.
If West Ranch wins its first-round game, it sets up a potential match against top-seeded Knight, the champions of the Golden League, in the second round.
The Hart boys will travel in the first round of the playoffs and play Pacifica of Oxnard. The Valencia boys are on the road and will play Paramount, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, in the first round.
The Canyon boys are on the road and will play Nipomo in the wild-card round on Wednesday.
Katella is the No. 2 seed and Woodbridge is the No. 3 seed in the Division 3 boys soccer playoffs.
The College of the Canyons men’s golf team leads the Cal State Bakersfield Tournament after 36 holes at Seven Oaks Country Club. COC is 2-under par, at 574, and leads Sonoma State by two strokes. Cal State San Marcos is third, seven shots off the lead.
Max Cohen shot a 2-under par 70 in the first round and a 1-under par, 71, in the second round. He is tied for fourth with three other players.
Valencia High graduate Alex Macaluso was 3-under par, at 69, in the second round. He shot a 2-over par, 74, in the first round.
The third and final round of the Cal State Bakersfield Tournament starts this morning.
The College of the Canyons ice hockey team won the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association championship and earned a spot in the American Collegiate Hockey Association national tournament.
The COC ice hockey team finished an undefeated 19-0 in the regular season and beat UC Davis and Cal State Northridge in the PCHA playoffs to win its third straight Adam’s Cup.
The COC ice hockey team begins play in the ACHA national tournament in Holland, Mich., on March 9.
The Lakers lost to the Charlotte Bobcats, 109-89, and suffered their worst loss of the season. The Lakers have lost eight of their past 10 meetings against the Bobcats. The only other team the Lakers have a losing record against is the Boston Celtics.
It is the second loss in a row for the Lakers. They are 4-2 on their current seven-game road trip. The Lakers have one game – against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday – before heading home for the All-Star break this weekend.