It was a bit of a surprise to see West Ranch so highly ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Division I baseball poll two weeks ago.
The No. 3 ranking was the highest ranking of any team in the school's history.
It has been a nearly year since the death of 36-year-old John Conant, a Saugus High School and College of the Canyons graduate.
Maybe you've wondered what it's like. Growing up and playing baseball in the backyard, in the street or on a diamond.
It's too early to call anything a changing of the guard, but West Ranch baseball defeating Valencia 7-1 at home Wednesday definitely carries some kind of weight.
Valencia senior golfer Alex Macaluso didn't have to battle as hard on the golf course Tuesday as much as he had to battle off the course coming up with the right word to describe the gap between his team and Foothill League-leading West Ranch.
Andy Campbell understands that building the Golden Valley football program is a large undertaking.
Humility truly is a rare thing. It's so rare that when you come across it, sometimes your first inclination is to think there is something self-serving behind it.
There will be no comparisons between this Hart pitching staff and last year's.
In a surprising move, Chris Printz has resigned as head coach of the Golden Valley boys basketball team.
Golden Valley football just pressed reset on its football program.
There is this consensus going around that West Ranch High will be the Foothill League boys golf champion.
Consider it a tap-in for the Wildcats.
It comes around the same time every year.
Tony Moskal, the boys varsity golf coach at Golden Valley, spouts a load of truth with a heavy dose of humor before the Foothill League golf season tees off.
LOS ANGELES - The tournament is called a classic, yet it's still in its infancy.
Baseball's biggest international star made it grow up Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
LOS ANGELES - Beaten-down, undermanned, gutsy, whatever you want to call Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, add one more term to it - done.
Despite a late rally, the United States couldn't undo Japan's fourth-inning death knell and fell to the Japanese 9-4 in the WBC semifinals at Dodger Stadium Sunday night in front of 43,630.
Mike Killinger, who took over as interim Valencia High baseball head coach when Jared Snyder was put on a leave of absence on March 21, has been hired to take over the job on a permanent basis.
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.
Want to win a CIF baseball championship?
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.