It started so well for The Master's College baseball. Just two weeks ago, the team was 20-6 and near the top of the Golden State Athletic Conference standings. A sudden seven-game losing streak has put TMC right in the middle of a cluster for fourth, fifth and sixth place in conference.
The target on West Ranch baseball's back keeps getting bigger.
So much for that whole rebuilding phase Hart boys volleyball was supposed to go through.
It was all hitting that carried Saugus last week.
Two big innings, another strong pitching performance and all of a sudden West Ranch was coasting to a third straight Foothill League victory.
College of the Canyons sophomore forward Rafael Love was named to the All-State First-Team for men's basketball in the California Community College Athletic Association.
Even when he was in sixth grade, under 6-feet tall and just starting to play volleyball, Eric Ensing knew about the ever-growing tradition of Valencia High School boys volleyball.
No Foothill League coach was willing to say that dangerous phrase.
It's a constant battle for J.R. Macalutas.
Naturally, the Foothill League has experienced some turnover.
Every time J.C. Cloney froze a Valencia hitter with an offspeed pitch or induced a swinging third strike, he seemed more and more comfortable on the mound.
Roughly three weeks into the season and after playing teams above and below its division, Golden Valley boys tennis picked up a little momentum in its final dual match before the start of Foothill League play.
Playing partners were struggling to communicate and shots were just missing on Wednesday for West Ranch boys tennis.
Last October, Jake Jelmini had an epiphany.
Getting on base was the easy part.
Natalie Rodriguez was one hundredth of a second short of winning her first Foothill League track and field title this year.
Even after the single most impressive moment of the season for any Foothill League athlete, Nathan Bultman didn't go home satisfied.
It's already been a busy summer for Valencia's Devin Davis.
It turns out the Foothill League's Player of the Year in baseball and the state's leading home run hitter was supposed to be an All-CIF selection after all.
A big group of Santa Clarita Valley athletes made it on All-CIF lists, which were unveiled Monday by the Southern Section, but one of the biggest reveals of the day was a name that didn't show up anywhere.
A lot of coaches like to fly under the radar as much as possible.
The minute school ends for the summer, it becomes football season in the Santa Clarita Valley.
College of the Canyons head football coach Ted Iacenda doesn't lack any ambition when it comes to recruiting.
It's no wonder Valencia High School's baseball team featured such a dangerous lineup this season.
Editor's note: Today marks the fifth in a series in which we recognize athletes at the local high schools who represent their respective schools not so much by what they do on the field, but off of it. We call them "More than an athlete."
Editor's note: Today marks the second in a series in which we recognize athletes at the local high schools who represent their respective schools not so much by what they do on the field, but off of it. We call them "More than an athlete."
Though Foothill League football teams appear to be competing in a more difficult playoff division, one California football expert says that doesn't mean another championship is out of the question.
Jeff Gilkey is stepping down as co-head coach of Valencia High School's cross country and track and field programs, he confirmed last week.
It's not as if the 2014 track and field season didn't have it's highlight moments and admirable performances.
It won't go down as a day of outright glory for two local athletes.