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.
After a 3-2 loss to Foothill League-leading Saugus, Golden Valley looked like it was on the brink of reaching the level of some of the best teams in the area.
Saugus High baseball took advantage of five Canyon High errors and held off a seventh-inning Cowboy rally to remain tied atop the Foothill League with a 10-8 victory on Friday at Canyon High School.
The season after football season is in full swing - the recruiting season.
If you haven't had a chance to catch the Albert Einstein Academy Rockets varsity boys basketball team this season, you are missing out on "an exciting brand of basketball where we score a lot of points," according to Einstein head coach Greg Patterson.
That coveted first Foothill League win of the season can sometimes be the toughest one.
The Valencia girls soccer team capitalized on rival Canyon's mistakes, and because of it the Vikings survived on Tuesday evening at Canyon High School.
If this is Valencia Vikings boys basketball, Foothill League favorite Hart will have its hands full on Friday.
Last year was the first indication that Valencia Vikings girls basketball might be gaining ground on the Canyon Cowboys.
The Hart Indians boys basketball team is tough to beat.
Saugus Centurions goalkeeper Noah Maynard was happy to declare his feelings after an emotional Foothill League win.
After a long, thought-out process and a long, successful high school career, Connor Wingenroth has finally decided where he'll continue his football endeavors.
If the West Ranch Wildcats boys basketball team hopes to three-peat as Foothill League champions, it will have to do so without some of the standout players that helped build the program's winning foundation.
Hart High boys basketball head coach Tom Kelly made sure there was no letdown against Saugus.
As long as Paige Nealy and Sandra Ikeora were in the game, Valencia girls basketball was going to be just fine.
No matter how many loose balls went against them or how many shots they missed, the Valencia Vikings boys basketball team never strayed from the plan.
The Canyon Cowboys boys basketball team made only two baskets in the fourth quarter.
Just when it looked like the Canyon Cowboys and West Ranch Wildcats were headed for a draw on Friday night at Canyon High School, the Cowboys' Vanessa Quintero changed everything on one strike.