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Valencia Boys Basketball Wins Foothill League Opener In OT

khts_sportsThe Valencia boys basketball team, playing without injured Lonnie Jackson, held off West Ranch and won its Foothill League opener, 59-57, in overtime.

Jackson, the Boston College-bound senior, sat out the game with a foot injury. He is expected to miss at least two weeks.

Valencia jumped out to a 21-5 lead in the first half, but West Ranch rallied and tied the game on a 3-pointer by Justin Ballenger to send the game into overtime. Max Sommer scored a game-high 27 points for Valencia.

In other boys basketball games, Canyon beat Hart, 54-47. Coley Apsay sparked a second-half comeback for Canyon and scored 18 points. Hart’s Roman Delgado scored a game-high 19 points.

The Saugus boys beat Golden Valley, 81-47, behind 22 points from David Reynoso. Wade Rodriguez scored 16 points for Golden Valley.

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On the girls side, West Ranch opened Foothill League play with a 64-52 win over Valencia. West Ranch’s Alexus Bryant scored 13 points. Lauren Spargo led Valencia with 13 points.

Canyon beat Hart, 49-31, behind a strong defensive effort. Alia McCoy led Canyon with 10 points. Hart scored only five points in the first quarter and 11 in the first half.

Hart’s Mariah Glasshoff scored a team-high 11 points.

The Saugus girls beat Golden Valley, 75-26. Megan Dawe scored 26 points and had six rebounds.

In high school soccer, the Saugus girls beat Golden Valley, 4-0. Lauren Cech broke a scoreless first half with a goal in the 55th minute. Nicole Penick scored a goal and had two assists for Saugus.

The Canyon and Hart girls played to a 1-1 draw. Hailey Jenkins scored her first goal of the season to give Hart a 1-0 lead in the first half. Canyon tied the game on a second-half goal

The Saugus boys soccer team also shut out Golden Valley, 2-0. Joey Rodriguez scored the first goal of the game in the second half to give Saugus a 1-0 lead. He assisted on the second goal, scored by Cameron Sikich.

The Valencia boys beat West Ranch, 2-1. Renato Sanchez scored both goals for Valencia on penalty kicks.

The Lakers blew out the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, 112-57. The Cavaliers point total was a record low by a Lakers opponent. Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum each scored 15 points for the Lakers.

The Kings will be sending one player to the NHL All-Star Game in North Carolina. That player is Anze Kopitar. The winger has a team-high 45 points.

Two Ducks made the All-Star team. Winger Corey Perry and goaltender Jonas Hiller were selected as all stars. Perry leads the Ducks with 45 points. Hiller has a 2.39 goals against average.

The NHL All-Star game is scheduled for Jan. 30.

Valencia Boys Basketball Wins Foothill League Opener In OT

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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!”