Golden Valley looked impressive in the pre-league season, but the Grizzlies still had to hear about how they hadn't won a league game in almost two years.
With only 10 league games, you must defend your home court.
That was the point made by West Ranch Tuesday in its Foothill League-opening 61-49 victory against Canyon at West Ranch High.
At this time last year, the Golden Valley boys soccer team began to dig itself a hole.
Chances are the Grizzlies are much happier with this season's start.
The explanation as to why he loves the game is hard to come by.
Simply, Trevor Wiseman just likes to hear the ripping sound as a basketball travels through a net.
For years, Foothill League boys basketball has had a definitive upper tier.
But the talent seems to be spread across the league this season, and because of the parity, 2009 could be a different from the past.
If you don't recognize Foothill League boys soccer this season, you're not alone.
In soccer, defense is a thankless position. There's no goal-scoring glitz like there is for strikers. Defenders aren't the fulcrum of the entire team like the midfield. If you make a mistake, it's amplified. But if you do your job, it's often underappreciated.
A year ago, West Ranch jumped right into league play after the long holiday layoff, and the rust showed.
Whether you're describing Saugus' performance Wednesday or its season as a whole, one thing's for sure.
The College of the Canyons has frequently been a talent source for Division I college football programs, and this year is looking to be no exception.
Wide receiver Hayo Carpenter has verbally committed to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Carpenter finished his sophomore season with 93 catches for 1,675 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging 18 yards per reception.
It's hard to keep up with Golden Valley's breakneck tempo for an entire game - and when you don't match it early, it's nearly impossible.
Five members of the College of the Canyons football team were honored as All-Americans, and two more were named to the All-California team compiled by the California Community College Football Coaches Association of America.
Defensive lineman Marquis Jackson was named to the first-team defense of both the All-American and All-California teams, and was selected as California's defensive player of the year.
By the end of its game Saturday afternoon, Righetti looked worn out.
The Valencia girls soccer team continued its strong play at the Hart Showcase Tournament by winning two more games on Saturday and clinching a berth in the tournament championship.