Some teams have a reputation so strong that they don't need to make a statement.
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.
Junior pitcher Sean O'Shea hasn't been used much on the mound this season after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered during football season. But he made the most of his opportunity and led the West Ranch Wildcats out of trouble on Tuesday at Canyon High School and into the win column.
Saugus waited until the end to remove the drama from Tuesday's Foothill League showdown with Canyon at Canyon High School, but when they made their move, they did it in a big way.
It's fitting that Hart High baseball clinched at least a share of the Foothill League championship with a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Saugus Centurions on Tuesday at Hart High School - the Indians first title since 2008.
Valencia boys volleyball showed a propensity for winning close matches during Foothill League play this season.
Hart boys tennis was one set away from a perfect start to the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs, beating the visiting Buena Park High team in the wild-card round on Tuesday.
It's hard not to get wrapped up in watching Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil go.
In every match, every set and every point, Valencia seniors Sam Rebele and Ravi Jayanthi know they have to keep their energy and enthusiasm levels high.
By the end of this week, we could have multiple Foothill League baseball champions.
Last year, we had zero boys golfers advance from the first round of the CIF postseason.
The CIF-Southern Section Division II boys tennis playoffs brackets include four Foothill League teams.
Usually, coaches try their best to be politically correct when talking to reporters.
The group of girls who anchor Golden Valley's successful track and field team aren't looking for anyone's congratulations.
In a very trying season for the Valencia baseball program, Keston Hiura has been a very welcomed story.
With little exception, Saugus pitcher Mariah Lopez has been nothing short of dominant during the 2014 softball season.
Among all the chaos of the Foothill League track and field finals, there was a big moment which was somewhat lost in the shuffle.