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A new way to get to and from Dodger Stadium

Traversing the 35 miles from the Santa Clarita Valley to Dodger Stadium, and back again, can be a challenge.

July 15, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


New battle, new buddies

U.S. Marine combat veteran Joshua Rivers says a marine isn't thinking about the American flag, apple pie, or even their mother when bullets are flying overhead. They think instead about the man or woman next to them, the one they've lived with, drank with, played with for the previous one, two, or 10 years.

July 08, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa gives SCV parade-goers a surprise Christmas in July

Santa Claus impersonator Al Hodek hosted a few visitors as he waited, in his engine-powered sleigh on wheels, to ride in Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade for the fifth time on Friday.

July 04, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt | Santa Clarita Valley News


Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade will include a 'Pooper Scooper' contest

When talking about the Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade's "Pooper Scooper" contest, it may be best to avoid all puns.

June 27, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two times the talent

A picture of Alanna and Gennelle Dedek hangs near the bottom of the stairs in their parents' Canyon Country home.

June 17, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kennedy’s courage

It seemed a perfectly normal summer day July 29, 2013, as Melissa Urban of Castaic left work. Like many working moms, she still had plenty to do, starting with picking up her 17-month-old daughter, Kennedy, from child care, and later delivering dinner to her laid-up boss.

June 02, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV Memorial Day observances scheduled

Santa Clarita Valley residents have a number of options for remembrance and recreation this Memorial Day.

May 24, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart High's annual Art Show

A boy approaches Mary Ann Fragodt at Hart High School's annual Art Show on Thursday and asks if she is the art teacher.

May 23, 2014 | Mason Nesbitt | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV's cosmic dust collectors

West Ranch High School astronomy teacher Christine Hirst is directing some of her approximately 90 students as they scatter across two blue tarps in the school's amphitheater, working to put the final touches on a weather balloon tethered to a cosmic-dust collector and two Styrofoam boxes.

May 20, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Young violist performs at his family's buffet

Nine-year-old Jacob Zheng emerges from a back room at Ocean Seafood Buffet in Valencia. He wears a multi-colored button-up shirt and shorts. It's a Monday night so the buffet his family opened in January isn't nearly as full as it will be on the weekend.

May 19, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Tour of California sendoff draws crowd to Newhall

Ray and Sandy Cook of Mission Viejo settled onto a bench outside the Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall to people-watch.

May 16, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Hart baseball refuses to share Foothill title

Two of the Foothill League's best pitchers faced off at Saugus High on Thursday, but the game didn't play out like a pitchers' duel.

May 15, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | SCV Prep Sports


World Run to bring road closures in Santa Clarita

As exciting as it will be to host a portion of a world-wide race, Santa Clarita drivers out-and-about early Sunday morning will need to strategically plan their routes.

May 02, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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At midseason, COC football still has hope

To say the 2014 football season has been difficult for College of the Canyons would be an understatement. But despite a preseason tragedy and a 2-4 overall record, the Cougars remain in contention for a second-consecutive conference title. They are 1-1 in the National Division, Northern Conference - good for a third-place tie with four games to play.

October 20, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | SCV College Sports


Little League baseball returns to the SCV's west side

The west side of the Santa Clarita Valley will once again have Little League baseball in 2015.

October 19, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Community/Youth Sports


Hart girls volleyball edges Valencia

The Foothill League's top two girls volleyball teams faced off at Hart High on Wednesday night and the Hart Indians took a step toward dethroning defending Foothill League champion Valencia High with a 3-2 win by scores of 25-19, 27-25, 19-25, 24-26 and 15-8.

October 15, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | SCV Prep Sports


Santa Clarita's creative mind

Jeff Barber begins setting up the city of Santa Clarita's latest art gallery at the Newhall Library. He takes his time organizing and prepping the artwork that will cover the community room's walls.

October 14, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Foothill volleyball roundup: Canyon takes big step

Canyon High girls volleyball has finished in fifth or sixth place of the Foothill League every year since 2009. The Cowboys took a step toward ending that stretch with their first win over West Ranch since 2007 with a 3-1 win at Canyon High by scores of 25-11, 26-28, 25-20 and 25-20.

October 09, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt | SCV Prep Sports


Valencia woman pursuing a dream

Those close to Raquel Cockrell remember the first time they heard her sing - or at least the first time she blew them away with her singing - long before she won KaraokeFest 2014 at the Los Angeles County Fair this year.

October 07, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Canyon Country woman spins interest into nationally popular blog

Collette Wixom plays along with the Darth Vader alter ego of her son, 4-year-old Ryker, as she sits on a couch inside the family's Canyon Country home preparing to talk about her booming fashion blog: Mini Style Hacker.

October 06, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


TMC men's soccer overcomes up and down game

The Master's College men's soccer team has lacked consistency this season, despite losing only once in its last six games.

October 01, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Sports Home


TMC women's soccer wins behind new offensive threat

In the absence of one star, The Master's College women's soccer team may have found another.

October 01, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Sports Home


Saugus girls volleyball beats ranked opponent 3-2

For the Saugus High girls volleyball team, its 3-2 win Thursday night at home against CIF Division IIA No. 2 ranked Louisville High of Woodland Hills was a matter of perseverance.

September 25, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | SCV Prep Sports


West Ranch grad turned Cal Bear honored for service

A fractured foot has kept University of California Berkeley running back Jeffrey Coprich off the field to this point in the 2014 college football season. It has not, however, kept the West Ranch High graduate from receiving high praise.

September 25, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | SCV College Sports


TMC women's volleyball beat La Sierra University 3-0

The Master's College women's head volleyball coach Allan Vince downplays any extra expectations put on his Mustangs, despite back-to-back NAIA National Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013 - the first two in school history.

September 24, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | SCV College Sports


Hart girls volleyball sets itself apart

The Hart High girls volleyball team might have set itself apart from two other Foothill League teams that finished behind league champion Valencia High last season.

September 18, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Sports Home


Letter-writing campaign aims to memorialize St. Francis Dam site

Two floods - one in the Santa Clarita Valley - occurred 2,500 miles and 39 years apart. But both resulted from failed dams and both devastated their regions: one killing more than 2,000 people, and the other roughly 600.

September 13, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Valencia tennis gets big win early

It's a nonleague match and very early in the season, but Valencia girls tennis won a very significant match on Wednesday.

September 11, 2014 | By Mason Nesbitt Signal Staff Writer | SCV Prep Sports


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