Two years ago, the closest Zach Pearce had come to a volleyball court was watching a buddy of his play on the freshman team.
Regular seasons are just about done in most spring sports at The Master's College, but some teams are only just beginning.
Hart High graduate Delano Howell didn't hear his name called during this weekend's NFL Draft, but he'll be wearing an NFL uniform very soon.
Call it scrappiness or call it luck.
Whether it was a gradual improvement or it happened all at once, Hart boys volleyball is playing its best at the right time.
The Saugus High athletics program continues to get national recognition this season, as the Saugus girls soccer team finished ranked in the final ESPNHS Powerade Fab 50 Girls' Soccer Winter Rankings and the softball team entered the ESPNHS Cal-High Sports Softball Top 20 list.
At least one streak will continue for another year.
Canyon left fielder Kaelie Doyle backed up to within three feet of the fence, then squeezed her glove around a fly ball for the final out of the game.
The tennis gods haven't been kind to Tommy LaBat.
Two weeks ago it was Anthony Pizzo.
For the first time in the history of The Master's College track and field, a runner has broken the 14-minute barrier in the 5,000-meter race.
West Ranch baseball hoped for nothing more than a solid three or four innings from starting pitcher Avery Ortiz.
When in doubt, just set Alec Schlossman.
Coming off a pair of pressure-packed one-run losses last week, Saugus baseball wasn't looking for any drama this time around.
It wasn't exactly perfect.
SANTA ANA - The significance of Saturday's game was not lost on Santa Clarita Christian's athletic department.
Two Santa Clarita Valley basketball teams will have a chance to play for a state championship.
The season will continue for at least one more game for Hart High girls soccer, which earned a No. 5 seed in the CIF Southern California Regional Division II Soccer Championship.
SANTA ANA - Trinity Classical Academy sophomore Ian Caddow said he hadn't felt fully healthy all season long.
A picture hangs on the wall of James Mosley's office at Santa Clarita Christian School recognizing the school's 2009-10 boys basketball team.
Even with the magnitude of its upcoming game, Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball can't consider this a David vs. Goliath situation.
ANAHEIM - Don't expect the Canyon boys basketball team to say they were just happy to be here.
The Hart High boys soccer team advanced to the CIF quarterfinals only twice since 1983.
It's a perfect contrast.
The Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer team beat Tarbut V'Torah 4-0 on Saturday night in a CIF-Southern Section Division VII quarterfinal game at College of the Canyons.
The Master's College women's basketball is right where it wants to be at this point in the season.
At this point in the playoffs, nothing comes easy.
Nothing was going to get in the way of the Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team against the Laguna Blanca Owls of Santa Barbara in the CIF-Southern Section Division VI semifinals.
This year, Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer has put together the ideal formula.
While showing off her scrapes and bruises collected during the soccer game she just played, Hart senior Destinney Duron summed it up nicely.