Valencia senior golfer Alex Macaluso didn't have to battle as hard on the golf course Tuesday as much as he had to battle off the course coming up with the right word to describe the gap between his team and Foothill League-leading West Ranch.
Going into Tuesday's swim meet with Canyon, Saugus head coach Vicky Donnelly expected challenges on the girls' side, and knew it would be a battle between the boys.
One tried out for volleyball in the spur of the moment. One hasn't stopped playing volleyball for the past four years. One had never touched a volleyball until a few weeks ago.
West Ranch seniors Frankie Madero, Jeff Zepp and Kulwinder Singh all took different paths to joining the boys volleyball team, but now that they're together, the trio has one goal in mind.
There may be no program as dominant in its respective sport in the Santa Clarita Valley than Valencia boys volleyball.
But fresh off their consensus national championship, the Vikings will look completely different this year.
A late goal from Bakersfield's Joshua Shin with 4:38 remaining in the third period was the difference in the Roughnecks' 3-1 victory over Valencia High on the opening night of Ice Station Valencia's High School Hockey season on Monday night.
In its ninth consecutive year, the club league features eight teams, including Valencia High, Canyon High, Hart High, Saugus High, Antelope Valley High, Bakersfield High, Burbank and West Valley (San Fernando and Simi Valleys).
When Scott Drootin accepted the head coaching position with Golden Valley baseball, the hope was that he could change the losing climate that had dominated the Grizzlies' past.
Coming off a year that saw Golden Valley post an 0-15 Foothill League mark, the Grizzlies were looking for an infusion of talent.
The fifth annual Percy Knox invitational featured a limited number of Foothill League athletes, but those who did compete put in some strong results.
Andy Campbell understands that building the Golden Valley football program is a large undertaking.
Big innings have plagued Canyon all season, and a crooked number hurt the Cowboys again Friday afternoon.
There will be no comparisons between this Hart pitching staff and last year's.
Valencia is one of the younger teams in the Foothill League, but the Vikings were able to capitalize on the youthful mistakes of Golden Valley Friday.
Saugus has the kind of balance and depth that few track teams in the Foothill League can match.
Valencia came into Thursday's match against West Ranch with the goal of defending its reputation as the elite team in the Foothill League, but it turned out that the Vikings were up against more than just an up-and-coming Wildcat team.
In a surprising move, Chris Printz has resigned as head coach of the Golden Valley boys basketball team.
Saugus laid its claim to first place of the Foothill League with a dominating 15-3 win at home over West Ranch Wednesday.
The Canyon High Cowboys entered Tuesday night's game as favorites over Saugus.
The seniors for the West Ranch Wildcats basketball team made their senior night one to remember.
The Valencia girls basketball team took a beating on Friday against Canyon and took some late hits from Hart on Tuesday, as the game got physical late.
When Hart girls soccer player Sophie Cortes retrieved the ball for teammate Destinney Duron, she gave her a look.
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.