If West Ranch's varsity football team is focused on speed in 2009, its junior varsity is locked in on a more physical aspect of the game.
West Ranch football is moving into a new era.
When healthy, Valencia's junior varsity football team has the talent to contend for a Foothill League title.
True quarterbacks are hard to come by at the freshman level.
Everywhere you look, Valencia has returning players.
Finality arrived when the pickup truck pulled away.
Circle the dates.
There are lots of them.
College College of the Canyons was perfect for three months of the 2008 season.
The Canyon football program has had several players leave the program the last couple years.
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 Valencia Vikings girls soccer team wanted to quickly erase the memory of falling just short of a Foothill League title last week.
Hart girls soccer wasn't about to be pushed around on its home field in the playoffs.
Here was the reward for Albert Einstein Academy boys basketball.
All it took was one goal to calm all the playoff nerves.
In the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs, the West Ranch Wildcats boys soccer team ran into an offensive buzz saw.
Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball couldn't wait to get its playoff run started.
For the first nine minutes of the game, Hart boys soccer was on fire.
The first playoff experience for Albert Einstein Academy girls basketball was quick and straight forward.
The Trinity Classical Academy Knights girls basketball team's first venture into the postseason was a building block.
It was like a mixed martial arts match where Valencia kept getting pounded but the referee wouldn't stop the fight.
The New Covenant Academy of Los Angeles Huskies didn't know much about Trinity Classical Academy before Wednesday Night.
Even if no one can quite explain how it happened, no one on the West Ranch girls soccer team is going to complain about the Wildcats' first postseason victory in program history.
Here's a dare.
Culver City boys soccer kept coming for Saugus on Tuesday, and in the end, the Ocean League's third-place team passed the Centurions.
Oddly enough, it was a goal against that finally sparked West Ranch boys soccer on Tuesday.