To the public, these players may be nameless figures at practice wearing training vests and lining up against the guys who will see most of the snaps this fall.
At the end of practice at Central Park early Thursday evening, Santa Clarita Christian football head coach Garrick Moss had a few last messages to his players.
When Mike Kane stepped down as head coach of West Ranch football, it left the program without a leader for the first time since the Wildcats varsity first stepped on the field.
With four potential starters banged up after just a couple of days in pads, the question for Saugus head coach Jason Bornn is: "Do you rest them?"
By most accounts, the Valencia Vikings are the most talented football team in the Foothill League.
It has commonly been said that success on the football field begins with the men up front.
The tug of war between coaches at a given school over athletes is an issue that usually doesn't slip past the conference room at a school.
For the last three years, Valencia senior volleyball player Katie Hank and West Ranch senior Allison Summers have been club teammates and Foothill League rivals.
Golden Valley High School announced the hiring of Melanie Williams as the new head coach of the softball program Wednesday.
From July 26 through Aug. 15, Signal Sports published a series of summer enterprise features.
The deadline to sign draft picks from the 2009 Major League Baseball draft came and went Monday night and there are some Santa Clarita Valley-area players who decided not to turn professional.
There's a billboard on Soledad Canyon Road heading north.But not just any billboard.
High school sports is growing.
Injuries don't matter. Age doesn't matter. Position doesn't matter.
Today, the recruiting of high school athletes is more than a process.
It's hard to imagine there being much left to prove at the high school level for Saugus junior swimmer Abbey Weitzeil.
Any path through CIF-Southern Section Division I is going to be difficult, and that's the case for the four Foothill League teams that made it into the postseason.
Welcome to stage one of the high school track and field postseason.
This is uncharted waters for Santa Clarita Christian.
In just a 10-minute stretch of the West Ranch boys tennis team's match against Santa Monica High, the Wildcats lost the momentum they had been building in this playoff run.
An up-and-down season for the Valencia Vikings boys tennis team finished with an up-and-down day.
With the history of the Santa Clarita Valley's last softball dynasty hanging from the scoreboard behind them, the West Ranch Wildcats put an exclamation point on their third straight Foothill League title on Thursday at Valencia High School.
Heading into the last game of the regular season, the Valencia Vikings needed two things to happen to become co-Foothill League champions: take care of business against Golden Valley, and a Hart loss to Saugus.
Two of the Foothill League's best pitchers faced off at Saugus High on Thursday, but the game didn't play out like a pitchers' duel.
To say Canyon baseball's season has been frustrating is an understatement.
Canyon, for all intents and purposes, knew it was locked into the Foothill League's fourth place entering Thurday's regular season finale with Hart at Canyon High School.
The two remaining Foothill League teams in the CIF-Southern Section Division II Boys Tennis Championships caught a bit of a break on Thursday.
History continues to repeat itself when Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil dives into the water at the CIF-Southern Section Division I prelims, which took place Thursday at the Riverside Aquatics Complex ahead of Saturday's final.
One win away from a co-Foothill League title, Saugus left little doubt about its chances on Thursday afternoon at Golden Valley High School.
The freshmen were shining again for the West Ranch boys tennis team in its match against St. Margaret's High on Wednesday.