ANAHEIM - It would be difficult to draw up a better scenario for the Los Angeles Angels heading into the All-Star break.
They don't get to play under the label of "professional hockey," but that's not such a bad thing.
It takes the drama out of a race when it's over in the first third of the contest.
It usually starts with a weight room session in the morning.
Some of the elite volleyball players in the Santa Clarita Valley will get a chance to call themselves true national champions.
The road is never easy for The Master's College when it comes to competition in the Golden State Athletic Conference.
Making it to a CIF-Southern Section division quarterfinal or semifinal is becoming a common story for the Vikings.
For Canyon High School, most of its athletic success this past year came in just a handful of sports.
It was a tennis season seemingly devoid of a dominant singles player in the Foothill League.
It was impressive enough to go undefeated in Foothill League competition, but to do it against teams stocked with talent was remarkable.
Some teams view it as a glorified practice.
On a team like perennial Foothill League champion Valencia, the concentration of talent is always thicker.
More than three weeks have passed since West Ranch graduate J.J. Holen's high school golf career ended.
The original idea behind Tuesday's Santa Clarita Valley vs. Bakersfield All-Star Baseball Matchup was to give senior players a final opportunity to showcase themselves in front of scouts.
Foothill League seniors will get to take the field one more time as high school athletes.
Call it an exhibition game all you want.
Valencia's Dylan Thomas said he wasn't feeling well when he woke up on Friday morning.
It was April 19 of last year when Golden Valley and Canyon boys track and field went at it.
After building up its program for years, the Golden Valley girls track and field team finally reached the pinnacle last year by winning its first Foothill League championship in school history.
It only took one game for West Ranch boys volleyball to get back into its Foothill League groove.
The 2013-14 season was a big winter for Santa Clarita Valley prep sports.
It took more than a decade to get to the point where this statement could honestly be made about the Foothill League boys volleyball season: It's anyone's title.
Last season, Valencia's boys volleyball coaching staff had no other choice but to hand the keys to Kyle Ensing.
College of the Canyons head coach Chris Cota is hoping his team's loss on Saturday will fall in the category of a bump in the road rather than a trend setter.
Hart High's trend of playing tight ball games and relying on pitching looks like it might be carrying over from last season.
For the second year in a row, The Master's College women's basketball team entered the national tournament with high hopes only to see them come crashing down much earlier than expected.
It was not a case of love at first sight, but it's no doubt a love story.
The Hart girls soccer team was building up to this type of season.
It was only a routine summer league high school basketball tournament, but Megan Lindsley wasn't letting up a bit.
The way the Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team sees it, every extra game they get to play is a bonus.