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 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.
Across the past three years, the Hart High boys soccer team could easily be considered the Foothill League's best team never to win a league title.
Things weren't always this rosy at Hart High School.
The Hart Indians baseball program will hold its annual alumni game this Saturday, and as part of the festivities will induct its latest class to the Hart Baseball Wall of Fame.
Niko Nuyda was there when Canyon soccer was a powerhouse in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Quietly, one of the best rivalries in Santa Clarita Valley sports has been building up for years.
Fair and even competition brings out the best in everyone, but it's taken for granted how hard it is to plan accordingly at the high school level.
Sophie Cortes is hard to spot when the Hart Indians girls soccer team takes the field.
This is West Ranch's M.O. this year, and more often than not the Wildcats are winning because or in spite of it.
It was a completely different game than last time.
On Friday, Hart boys soccer played like a team that wanted to make sure no one could catch up in the Foothill League.
Big players hit big shots in big spots.
It was more a feeling of relief than one of thrill for the Hart Indians boys basketball team on Friday.
On Jan. 21, the Canyon Cowboys girls soccer team lost a home contest to Foothill League power and top dog Valencia.
Winning a Foothill League soccer championship requires a lot of things, including the ability to get the job done when needed, and on Tuesday many teams showed that they have what it takes to get that job done.
This is the time of year when every game, every play, every possession is magnified.