Last year, The Master's College men's basketball team was on the cusp.
A scrappy Santa Clarita Christian girls volleyball team fought its way to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IVA playoffs with defense and effort.
It's hard to imagine a better way for Valencia's girls tennis team to start the playoffs.
On the fourth floor of a Beverly Hills office, Beatrice Fakhrian, an agent with Mega Sports, composes e-mails and makes phone calls for her client, former The Master's College forward Raphael Harris.
For players who dream of playing in front of arena-sized crowds chanting their names, the inside of the basement-level gymnasium at Hollywood High School provides one of the starkest contrasts imaginable.
Raphael Harris pounds the dunes of Southern California's coastline every morning from the start of the piers in Santa Monica to where the rocks begin to form on Muscle Beach in Venice.
Canyon High senior Brooke LeMar redefined finishing strong with her senior year, and proved herself as the top talent on the Foothill League's top girls basketball team in the process.
LeMar already had a basketball scholarship to Southern Illinois University in hand before her senior season tipped off, but she never took her foot off the gas pedal.
Last season, Valencia boys tennis won its seventh Foothill League title in the last eight years.
Canyon isn't just looking to be part of the Foothill League pack this season, or compete for the league's last playoff spot.
Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg said it took "about 10 years" for her Vikings to win their first Spring Smash, the pre-Foothill League tournament they've hosted for the last 15 years.
But as Valencia No. 1 singles player Tyler Gottshall looked around the courts in the final round Saturday, he saw nothing but teammates.
When Hart catcher Kevin Bailey stepped to the plate with his team trailing at Golden Valley High by one run Friday, the Indians needed their offense to give them another chance.
Valencia's No. 3 doubles team of John Schmidt and Sam Yun were on fire Thursday at Valencia High.
When West Ranch's No. 3 doubles player Sabin Kim sliced a perfect drop over the net to earn a two-set lead, things were looking good for the Wildcats.
With a collection of the Santa Clarita Valley's top senior talent gathering in Golden Valley High's gym, there was a lot of promise for impressive shooting and athletic dunks.
Don't count out The Master's College baseball team.