For years, Foothill League boys basketball has had a definitive upper tier.
But the talent seems to be spread across the league this season, and because of the parity, 2009 could be a different from the past.
The road to a Foothill League championship in girls basketball has gone through Newhall Avenue.
Hart High has won seven straight titles, including a share of the crown last year with Saugus.
Hart High head basketball coach Zach Koebel goes one-on-one with a select few of his players at practice.
Megan Ford, now a center at Cal Poly Pomona, was one of his favorites last year in his first season leading the Indians.
Talk to any coach and they will tell you the same thing.
Whoever finishes as the league champions will have been the last team standing.
As Erin Ortega goes, so does Saugus.
If you don't recognize Foothill League boys soccer this season, you're not alone.
In soccer, defense is a thankless position. There's no goal-scoring glitz like there is for strikers. Defenders aren't the fulcrum of the entire team like the midfield. If you make a mistake, it's amplified. But if you do your job, it's often underappreciated.
A year ago, West Ranch jumped right into league play after the long holiday layoff, and the rust showed.
Teams are going to key on a couple of Valencia girls basketball varsity veterans this season.
Former Indian named Player of Week
Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks boys head soccer coach Patrick Thompson put the breaks on any good-feeling Valencia got after the Vikings defeated the Knights 2-0 at Dr. Paul A. Priesz Stadium Wednesday.
At the start of the season, College of the Canyons women's basketball head coach Greg Herrick was confident his team could duplicate its Western State Conference success from last season.
Whether you're describing Saugus' performance Wednesday or its season as a whole, one thing's for sure.
The College of the Canyons' Justin Smith scored a game high 25 points, but the sophomore forward's effort weren't enough as the Cougars lost 92-84 to Citrus College (17-3, 1-0) on Wednesday night at College of the Canyons in the Western State Conference opener.
The writing was on the wall a year ago.
Only a freshman, she was already competing with the league's elite.
Albert Einstein Academy is getting used to putting together new sports programs.
After one day of Foothill League boys and girls soccer action, it's completely clear that nothing is clear.
By Michael Grandinetti
Hart third-year head coach Terra Palmer was funny and serious at the same time with her response to when the last time the Indians have played like this in a Foothill League game.
Immediately after Hart boys basketball opened up Foothill League play with a come-from-behind 73-68 victory over defending champions West Ranch, Indians senior guard Lewis Stallworth asked how many assists he had.
As soon as the final whistle blew, Valencia goalkeeper Nicole Joseph walked up to her teammates and simply repeated, "I'm sorry."
The Valencia Vikings boys basketball team just sent a message to the rest of the Foothill League.
Thanks to the relentless attack of West Ranch boys soccer, a boat load of close calls turned into a victory in the Foothill League opener.
Here is the correct schedule for today in sports in the Santa Clarita Valley. Today marks the first day of Foothill League play for soccer and basketball.
The way last year's Foothill League boys basketball season played out taught an important lesson - pretty much anything can happen.
Come for the basketball, stay for the show.
Led by Offensive Player of the Year honors for Hart senior running back Connor Wingenroth and Coach of the Year honors for Indians head coach Mike Herrington, the Santa Clarita Valley represented itself well with the release of the 2013-14 All-CIF Southern Section Northern Division football selections on Monday.
t's rare to find a year like this in Foothill League girls basketball.
You're going to have to play all 32 minutes of each game.
For Valencia Vikings seniors Sammy Simon, Rebecca Harrison, and Eryn Spencer, the 2013-14 Foothill League girls soccer season was supposed to be their moment.