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Saugus Girls Cross Country Team Wins 7th State Title In A Row

The Saugus girls cross country team added to its dominance by winning another CIF State championship at Woodward Park in Fresno.

The Saugus girls won their seventh state title in a row. Sophomore Samantha Ortega was the runner-up in the Division II race and five Saugus runners finished in the top 50.

Ortega completed the course in 17 minutes, 33 seconds. Heidi Hoslet was 21st in 18 minutes, 32 seconds. Abigail Frankian was 23rd, Katie Huntington was 35th and Olivia Altieri was 49th.

The girls scored 97 points and finished ahead of La Costa Canyon, which came in second with 108 points.

The Saugus boys team finished second in the Division II state meet. AJ Yarnall set a school record completing the course in 15 minutes, 10 seconds. He was second in the race.

The Saugus boys scored 97 points. Westlake won the Division II state championship with 84 points.

Golden Valley’s Bianca Tinoco, competing as an individual, finished in seventh place in the girls Division II race.

Nolan Del Valle from Golden Valley was 15th in the Division II boys race.

In high school football, Valencia lost to Palos Verdes, 50-33, in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs, a game heard live on AM 1220, KHTS.

It was the fourth time in the past five years that the Vikings have lost in the semifinals.

Valencia quarterback Sean Murphy threw three touchdown passes in the game and set the school record for touchdowns passes in a season. He threw 38 touchdown passes in his senior season.

In college football, it was not a good day for either UCLA or USC.

UCLA lost to Stanford, 35-17, in a match-up of top 15 teams at the Rose Bowl. The two teams will meet again on Friday night in the Pac-12 championship game.

Across town at the Coliseum, USC lost to No. 1 ranked Notre Dame, 22-13. The Trojans lost four of their last five games.

Notre Dame meanwhile completed an undefeated 12-0 regular season and earned a spot in the BCS championship game.

Follow Tim Haddock on Twitter @thaddock.

Saugus Girls Cross Country Team Wins 7th State Title In A Row

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About Connie Jones

Connie and her husband, John, moved to the Santa Clarita Valley almost 30 years ago. Living in Santa Clarita for that long is the direct opposite of Connie’s childhood. She was an Army ‘brat’ who moved every two to three years. Consequently, she has lived in many states and even spent three years in Europe. All three of her kids went to Santa Clarita schools. Connie says the best thing about her job at KHTS is that she is never bored. “If I’m not smiling, Carl is sure to ask why, just before giving me a mind-boggling project.” “KHTS AM-1220 is an integral part of our community and I’m glad to be a part of it. Besides, the DJs will take my request to play Shania Twain’s ‘Still the One’ for my wedding anniversary – gotta love that!”