SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Blame was never an option.
One of Major League Baseball's biggest stories last week was Valencia High graduate and Detroit Tigers infielder Danny Worth pitching twice and displaying an impressive knuckleball.
There are no more.
The end of the era could have been at the plate with Nick Valaika up in the bottom of the seventh inning and his Hart Indians down six runs to Orange Lutheran in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs on Friday.
We've sort of neglected the play of Saugus' Braden and Aden combo because of two other great Foothill League stories this year - Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang's ascension to the top of the Foothill League and Hart's displacing six-time champion West Ranch as league champion.
MISSION HILLS - If Foothill League play for Saugus could be broken down into a seven-inning game, it would be a quick start, a lead in the middle and finally close but not enough.
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As expected, four Foothill League teams made the CIF-Southern Section Division I baseball playoffs.
To say Canyon baseball's season has been frustrating is an understatement.
When we were lauding J.J. Holen for his performances as a West Ranch High golfer, it was because of the superb golf scores he turned in on a consistent basis from his freshman to senior year.
Junior pitcher Sean O'Shea hasn't been used much on the mound this season after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered during football season. But he made the most of his opportunity and led the West Ranch Wildcats out of trouble on Tuesday at Canyon High School and into the win column.
It's fitting that Hart High baseball clinched at least a share of the Foothill League championship with a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Saugus Centurions on Tuesday at Hart High School - the Indians first title since 2008.
A legendary heavy metal performer once said that if his band moved next door to you, your lawn would die.
By the end of this week, we could have multiple Foothill League baseball champions.
Last year, we had zero boys golfers advance from the first round of the CIF postseason.
LAKE BALBOA - It's July. But come next spring, the Foothill League's going to have a lot of problems with Saugus.
HOLLYWOOD - Though it came on the backend of Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott's opening statement at Pac-12 Media Day on Wednesday at Paramount Studios, his objection to the notion that student-athletes should be paid was a weighty statement.
HOLLYWOOD - No big surprises here.
Fox Sports is reporting that Saugus High graduate and Oakland A's pitcher Tommy Milone has asked to be traded.
While Max Homa and Jason Gore are having success on the Web.com Tour, Saugus High graduate Nick Delio has his sights set on it.
Valencia High has built a reputation as one of Southern California's top high school programs.
This was the best coached year in the last decade in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Of all sports at Golden Valley High, it was golf.
When does it stop?
Two chocolate donuts.
Valencia High School made a big splash on Wednesday by hiring former Canyon basketball head coach Chad Phillips to lead its program.
Next week will mark the midway point in the Major League baseball season and we currently have a quintet of locals pitching on big league teams.
New England Patriots running back and Valencia High graduate Shane Vereen has his reasons for conducting a football camp at Valencia High this Saturday morning, and they all involve home.
Editor's note: Today marks the seventh in a series in which we recognize athletes at the local high schools who represent their respective schools not so much by what they do on the field, but off of it. We call them "More than an athlete."