Editor's note: This week, Signal sports writers give their best of 2014. This is the final of three such stories.
There was a mini-panic.
Editor's note: This week, Signal sports writers give their best of 2014. This is the second of three such stories.
The mood after the Canyon High girls basketball team's first home game didn't mirror the outcome.
Editor's note: This week, Signal sports writers give their best of 2014. This is the first of three such stories.
Back in September, we as a Signal Sports staff were discussing how special of a year Hart High graduate Tyler Glasnow was having in professional baseball's minor leagues.
The Golden Valley Grizzlies boys basketball team scratched and clawed, but it wasn't quite enough to come out victorious Saturday night.
Bianca Tinoco wasn't even sure she wanted to play high school soccer this season.
If Hart girls basketball is going to show this season it can climb back up to a high-level program, it can't be afraid to take some lumps against quality opponents early on.
It's not perfect yet, but things are starting to fall into place for Hart girls soccer.
The CIF-Southern Section honored this week arguably the best girls volleyball player in Santa Clarita Christian history and arguably the best girls setter in Hart High history.
All this basketball and very little of it happening in the Santa Clarita Valley.
In a season that ended short of the ultimate goal, a dominant Trinity Classical Academy football team grabbed three nods on the All-CIF Southern Section Division II 8-man football team.
This is going to get cliche so before it does, let's say this for the first time in 2014-15.
Much has changed for Trinity Classical Academy's winter athletic programs. The Knights' boys and girls basketball teams each have a new head coach. Boys soccer does too.
It's no secret that the Canyon boys track and field's strength is its sprinters.
Golden Valley just threw the Foothill League for a loop.
If you were to construct the ideal sprint relay team based on sight alone, you'd likely pass on most of Canyon High School's athletes.
While the Foothill League has belonged to Golden Valley the last two years, it will be far from a cake walk for the Grizzlies to pull off a three-peat despite all the talent coming back.
There are two teams in the Foothill League with 2014 state finalist athletes returning to the fold this year - West Ranch senior thrower Nathan Bultman and Saugus senior distance runner Brian Zabilski.
Before Hart swept Saugus 105-65 (boys) and 111-59 (girls) on Wednesday, the mood was tearful. Meaningful. Quiet.
It's early and not every Foothill League starting pitcher has had an opportunity to get two turns in the rotation, but Valencia senior Kevin Chandler has been mighty impressive.
The burden of being a Foothill League favorite was squarely on the West Ranch boys tennis team coming into Tuesday's league opener.
There are a lot of takeaways from the first Foothill League golf match of the season, played Tuesday at Encino Golf Club.
All-CIF girls basketball players Talia Roth and Breze Kimble were named team captains for Saturday's SCV Hoops Finale at Valencia High School girls game and selected their teams in a draft on Tuesday night via @Signalsports on Twitter.
It's not a far-fetched idea that Hart High golfers Cory David and Michael Lotta could reach the final Foothill League golf match of the season on April 29 at Valencia Country Club playing for two league championships.
The Hart Indians and West Ranch boys golf teams are in much different positions than the past.
Four different Santa Clarita Valley schools were represented on Monday when the CIF-Southern Section released its All-CIF basketball lists.
Make no mistake. When it comes to singles in Foothill League boys tennis, Valencia senior Chad LeDuff is the favorite.
As the West Ranch Wildcats pried Valencia's stranglehold off Foothill League boys tennis in 2014, the thought may have been that it was temporary. An aberration. That the Vikings' fingers would soon slide back around a title they'd owned each year from 2006 to 2013.