The wind made things difficult for Golden Valley on Friday, but for Saugus the answer to the blustery day was simple.
"All we wanted our guys to do was put the ball in play," said Saugus head coach John Maggiora. "We had a feeling that good things would happen if we did."
If the thought was that the departure of one rising star would leave a void with the Valencia High baseball team, then that thought was clearly wrong.
Exit one rising star, enter a new one.
When Corey Yamaoka and Harry Lee won the first doubles match of the day, Canyon High School head coach Kent Ganevsky had no reason to think the 6-2 tennis victory was anything remarkable.
As early favorites in their respective Foothill League races, the Canyon boys and Saugus girls each faced one of their biggest tests on Thursday.
When the big bats are struggling, West Ranch's lineup is still potent enough to give the other teams fits.
When those bats are hot, the Wildcats are nearly unstoppable.
With key dual meets on the horizon and the Foothill League finals still six weeks away, West Ranch swimming wanted a chance to try out some new things with its lineup.
And with Golden Valley missing several swimmers due to injuries, the time was right.
There were plenty of things for Valencia head coach Jared Snyder to be happy about Wednesday.
In selecting highlights, Snyder could have chosen the home runs by Trey Williams and Shane Zeile, his team's five-run first or either of two eight-run innings. He could have pointed to pitcher Brennan Bernadino's solid five innings or any of his team's 22 hits in a 22-4 Foothill League victory over Golden Valley.
Hart swimming knew that Saugus could be dangerous, particularly at the Foothill League meet at the end of the season.
Wednesday, the Centurions showed why.
To borrow a line, "The toughest out is the last out."
Ending the Saugus girls' four-year run atop Foothill League track and field is a tough task.
But the rest of the teams know where to start.
Just about every individual Foothill League champion in boys track and field last season graduated.
Defending league champion Saugus also lost several talented athletes.
Athletes often have to pace themselves and remember that the season is a marathon, not a sprint.
For Canyon junior Darius Rudolph, it's just the opposite.
Last year, West Ranch challenged Valencia for the Foothill League tennis title.
This season, the Wildcats will be challenged to overcome their youth.
If parity is indeed the lay of the land in the boys' Foothill League race this season, Canyon and Valencia provided the proof.
As events ticked away, neither team was able to take a decisive advantage.
It's not just the race for third place in Foothill League boys golf that will be tight in 2010.
Apparently it's the race for second as well.
The road to the state meet was well paved for the remaining Santa Clarita Valley athletes this season.
In the last five-year span (2009 to 2013), Major League Baseball teams have selected a Santa Clarita Valley product 38 times in the First-Year Player Draft and the fewest selected in one year was four in 2013.
With the 2014 boys tennis season in the books for Santa Clarita Valley players, we can take a look back at how this year's batch fared compared to previous years.
Valencia High graduate and Detroit Tigers infielder Danny Worth was designated for assignment on Wednesday meaning his status with the organization is in limbo.
The Open Water Nationals are on deck over at Castaic Lake.
Noah Dent and the Santa Clarita Christian baseball team were simply dominant in the Heritage League this season.