Former teammates pitched against each other and families were divided Tuesday as Foothill League softball officially got underway.
Winning eight straight league titles means that every time Valencia softball steps onto the field, its opponent will be gunning to take down the champ.
Close makes Valencia golfer Max Homa sick.
Everybody agrees defense wins championships in softball. But what about having the ability to hit the ball so hard that the other team doesn't even have a chance to play any defense?
At this point last season, expectations weren't that Valencia would repeat as CIF-Southern Section Division I champions.
The Vikings didn't care. They went out and won it again, despite critics saying that they relied so heavily in 2007 on one player, Jordan Taylor.
In the circle, West Ranch pitcher Shayna Medoff appears stoic. In many regards, her intensity is reserved for her studies.
The senior currently holds a 4.37 weighted grade point average and has been accepted to UC San Diego, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara to study either engineering or biochemistry.
She runs on the track with high socks and a flowing mane of hair, like Florence Griffith-Joyner.
Her work ethic demonstrates a rare competitive drive, which reminds her coach of Tiger Woods.
When one gripe doesn't carry much weight, Ed turns to another.
Erin Ortega will cast a big shadow for years to come.
With no slight to the other sports in the Santa Clarita Valley, there are two that bring out the crowds more than any other sport - football and basketball.
This past season, no team in Foothill League girls basketball demonstrated the concept that strong defense breeds efficient and instant offense better than Saugus.
For senior Alex McCaslin, the 2009 soccer season was a fulfillment of four years of hard work and belief that Canyon could stand alone atop the Foothill League.
It was a bit of a surprise to see West Ranch so highly ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Division I baseball poll two weeks ago.
The No. 3 ranking was the highest ranking of any team in the school's history.
College of the Canyons baseball dropped a 5-3 decision against West L.A. College Saturday on the road.
A bounceback effort against Hart resulted in a bounceback game for Valencia.
The Foothill League's Offensive Player of the Year will be playing football for one of the most pass-happy college football teams in the nation.
Foothill League soccer coaches constantly reiterate the lack of predictability during the season, and Tuesday's action reinforced and refuted those claims simultaneously.
This is when everyone can take a step back and take a breath.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Beast Mode was Least Mode again.
The last team to defeat the Hart Indians in the Foothill League was the Canyon Cowboys.
It took the Golden Valley Grizzlies girls basketball team 15 tries and eight seasons, but they finally beat the Saugus Centurions.
There was no reason for the defending league champions to panic after a loss last week.
With both teams entering Tuesday's contest at Golden Valley High School without a Foothill League win, the Saugus Centurions and Golden Valley Grizzlies girls soccer teams saw in each other an opportunity for a major breakthrough.
The kids were excited.
Christian Ware-Berry says he always tries to picture himself making the biggest shots with all the pressure on.
Hart High quarterback Brady White has secured his first offer from a Pac-12 school.
The Santa Clarita Christian School Cardinals boys soccer team has struggled this season, and after taking the field shorthanded on Monday against Yeshiva University of Los Angeles those struggles continued.
Where and when the Canyon Cowboys girls soccer team's season will end will remain a mystery until it happens, but looking ahead it's hard for Canyon fans not to be excited about the team's potential to win big matches late in the season.
Valencia girls basketball relied heavily on the rookies Tuesday.
Canyon Cowboys boys basketball head coach Sean DeLong said he wanted to see his team bounce back after its disappointing blowout loss to Valencia on Tuesday.