By Jon Stein
Saugus' Abbey Weitzeil is used to being a relative newcomer when it comes to the world of competitive swim.
A number of Foothill League softballers earned all-state honors Thursday as ESPNHS.com released its 2012 Cal-Hi Sports list of softball players in the state.
The 2011-12 season was one of bittersweet opportunity for the College of the Canyons athletic program.
It wasn't long ago that Trinity was happy just to have an athletic program.
At Trinity Classical Academy, it's not uncommon to see athletes play multiple sports. The limited enrollment numbers often make it necessary for kids to try out for a second, or even third sport to keep those sports sustainable.
As the athletic prowess of Trinity's Kaeli Massetto continued to rise over her four-year high school career, the reputation of her school rose, as well.
The 2011-2012 season was a proving ground for the Saugus athletic program.
It's difficult to excel at any one sport during your high school years - the grind of practice, followed by game, followed by more practice, is difficult by any standard.
When Saugus named its Athletes of the Year this season, there was a symbolism that was impossible to ignore - a changing of the guard, so to speak.
For some, it's a dream come true.
In a semifinal game of the Hart Varsity softball tournament against Chaminade early in the season, Kylie Sorenson came up with runners on and a third-baseman playing too deep to field a bunt.
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The 2012 season was one defined by youth in both boys and girls Foothill League swimming. With freshmen like Saugus' Abbey Weitzeil and Hart's Mik Ranslem and Tamara Santoyo dominating on the girls side, the boys side featured skilled swimmers of its own.
The only thing more consistent this season than Saugus freshman Abbey Weitzeil, was the high level of expectations that surrounded her.