With Monday's Opening Day, baseball is in full bloom.
Saugus head coach John Maggiora knew.
He knew the face of his program, Zachary Vincej, would eventually graduate.
Through 30 innings of Foothill League play, including the first two against Saugus on Friday, Valencia baseball appeared to be taking the same walk as last fall's Valencia football team - one of the cake variety.
Few know that better than the Vikings' All-CIF Southern Section quarterback and baseball team's catcher Alex Bishop.
In the fall, the Valencia boys tennis team sat around the hard courts at their school.
West Ranch second baseman Chris Caldwell said he called Occidental College head baseball coach Jason Hawkins on Wednesday to verbally commit to the school.
The West Ranch boys golf team is coming together, which can only mean bad things for the rest of the Foothill League.
Even the greats are taunted - as Trevor Wiseman learned during a Foothill League basketball game at Valencia High this season.
Despite there being no CIF championships, let alone a title-game appearance, this was one of the brightest years in Santa Clarita Valley prep basketball history.
Mike Stuart is a Santa Clarita Valley parent who has paid for five of his kids to go to college.
If the thought was that the departure of one rising star would leave a void with the Valencia High baseball team, then that thought was clearly wrong.
Exit one rising star, enter a new one.
To borrow a line, "The toughest out is the last out."
It's not just the race for third place in Foothill League boys golf that will be tight in 2010.
Apparently it's the race for second as well.
Complacency is another opponent to a championship team.
How people soon forget.
West Ranch baseball was officially on the map.
Last year was the first indication that Valencia Vikings girls basketball might be gaining ground on the Canyon Cowboys.
Some of the Santa Clarita Valley's top prep football seniors will get one last high school game on Sunday.
Hart third-year head coach Terra Palmer was funny and serious at the same time with her response to when the last time the Indians have played like this in a Foothill League game.
Immediately after Hart boys basketball opened up Foothill League play with a come-from-behind 73-68 victory over defending champions West Ranch, Indians senior guard Lewis Stallworth asked how many assists he had.