The ambition of this Hart High boys soccer team never waned.
TORRANCE - It was pretty clear that the Hart girls basketball team resented being a cute story or considered some sort of novelty act.
CORONA - It couldn't be. Not again.
Even when Sarah Lindborg was a freshman, the fact that she didn't get much varsity play still ate at her.
Though the two Hart High soccer teams are motivated by different forces, their paths to the semifinals were paved with the same type of material.
The popular local soccer club Santa Clarita Valley Magic announced last month it plans to affiliate itself with regional youth soccer giant Real So Cal beginning in April.
If this season proved one thing, it's that Santa Clarita Valley wrestlers can more than hold their own in a tough Southern California field.
LYNWOOD - Each of the nine Valencia girls basketball players walked out of their locker room after a 61-58 double-overtime loss to the Lynwood Knights with tears streaming down their faces.
MANHATTAN BEACH - The Canyon girls basketball team has seen this story unfold before.
Evidently, the Hart girls basketball team waited until the postseason to unleash its full arsenal.
In the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Hart boys soccer team found ways to survive and advance.
SANTA BARBARA - Heads were held high as the final buzzer sounded at Santa Barbara High School on Friday night.
Last year, the Hart High girls soccer team won its quarterfinal game on the road, in penalty kicks, and against the No. 1 seed in its division.
Talia Roth is a writer's challenge.
At this point, it's become a force of habit for the Canyon girls basketball team.
John Maggiora has a background in history. He's a social studies teacher at Saugus High School and is also the head coach of the CIF-Southern Section Division I semifinalist Centurions.
Wow. Has it been that long?
If you were going by the rankings and records, there's no way you would have predicted West Ranch and Los Osos to be facing off today's CIF-Southern Section Division I semifinal.
With the departure of one major quarterback and wide receiver combination, a new wave of signal callers enter the picture in 2015.
With the Saugus dugout completely stunned after seeing its closer give up a seventh inning lead, the Centurions responded with some incredibly clutch hits to keep their season alive and send the visiting Arlington Lions home in utter shock.
The unlikeliest of heroes sent West Ranch softball to new heights on Friday.
The No. 1 team in the nation stood in a circle with its head coach in the middle.
NORWALK - Most of the Santa Clarita Valley athletes were just worried about qualifying for the state finals.
Trinity Classical Academy baseball made school history at every step of its run to the CIF-Southern Section Division VII quarterfinals. Friday it just ran into too tall of a task.
Valencia High baseball started with a bang Friday in its first CIF-Southern Section Division I quarterfinal appearance since 2008.
For six innings Santa Clarita Christian baseball rode an age-old recipe for playoff success. Left-hander Noah Dent dominated on the mound, the Cardinals played solid defense and they came up with clutch hits.
Chad LeDuff could've walked away from the CIF-Southern Section Individual Sectionals on Thursday empty-handed and still have been remembered as one of the Santa Clarita Valley's best boys tennis players ever.
When it comes to today's Santa Clarita Valley track and field competitors, they all have their motivations.
Clint Ross regularly slides out of bed and turns on baseball highlights, maybe a clip of David Ortiz launching a home run out of Fenway Park or Clayton Kershaw punching out a batter with an arching curve.
What Hart, Valencia, Saugus, Santa Clarita Christian and Trinity baseball have done is unprecedented in Santa Clarita Valley history.