Kris Rincon faced the realization that so many big-time high school athletes face once they reach college.
There are other big-time athletes and even more bigger-time athletes.
A friend of mine made the comment to me after reading a story in Saturday's sports section about the budget crunch having an effect on preps sports in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The state budget crunch may mean individual schools have to pay for substitute teachers when coaches travel with their teams, missing a day of school, according to some reports Friday.
Just how costly was the residency falsification that cost the Canyon girls basketball team 10 wins, two players and its head coach?
The final answer came Thursday.
We used a headline for our Foothill League girls soccer preview that read: "Last team standing."
We've reached the final week of Foothill League play and still noting is decided in girls soccer.
Saugus, Valencia and Canyon are still tied atop the league standings.
Saugus High fashions itself as having a blue-collar athletic program.
But being the underdog or being overshadowed rubbed Saugus girls basketball player Gabrielle Conn the wrong way.
Down the stretch they come.
With the increasing media coverage of prep sports, National Signing Day is becoming a bigger event.
Finally, some sort of clarity.
Last week we focused on boys basketball in the first edition of around the divisions. This week, we take a look at girls basketball.
But let's make some quick points on boys basketball.
Hart basketball's Patrick Abbott had possibly one of the ugliest stat lines to ever come out of the Hart High gymnasium.
In Jake Bernards, San Diego State sees untapped potential.
Tom Barber's goal is to spread Jesus' word.
The week after Hart High graduate Megan Ford was named Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Basketball Player of the Week at Cal Poly Pomona, she tore her ACL.
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.
Last year, we had zero boys golfers advance from the first round of the CIF postseason.
In a very trying season for the Valencia baseball program, Keston Hiura has been a very welcomed story.