DANA POINT - After the usual postgame team meeting in left field, Valencia baseball coaches and most of the players walked back to the dugout like they always do.
The kind of season Kevin Anderson is having warrants an explanation.
Often times, the CIF-Southern Section boys tennis Individual tournament simply comes down to draws.
Playing in the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series for the first time in school history, The Master's College baseball finished just the way it did the regular season - with an even .500 record.
It had the offensive production. It had the pitching. But Trinity Classical Academy softball fell just short of its first-ever playoff victory.
Haley Hineman had been asked to lay down a bunt several times before this season.
Just about every Trinity Classical Academy sport competed in its first varsity season during the 2010-11 school year and made strides, including baseball.
When Lonnie Jackson first took the court for Valencia basketball, he was told he had little chance to gain any significant recognition for his talents outside of the Santa Clarita Valley.
IRVINE - For a program like Valencia boys volleyball, watching a season come to an end in any match other than a CIF championship is a disappointment.
All it takes is a couple of points and it can all come tumbling down.
It sounded easy enough on paper.
Hart boys volleyball would have had to play nearly perfect to beat the top seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.
When it comes to playoffs, teams often have to face unfamiliar opponents, which makes in-game adjustments paramount.
Damage control was the name of the game for West Ranch baseball.
West Ranch boys tennis, sporting different doubles teams than usual, focused on hitting solid serves and high-percentage shots in Wednesday's CIF-Southern Section Division II first-round playoff match.
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.