From a competition standpoint, high school sports seasons only last a few months. But great teams and athletes are built when no one is looking. The sweat and anguish exerted during the summer can often make a big difference when players suit up for their school teams. It's not as if there's a one-size-fits-all approach, though. Each sport varies in the amount of individual versus team practicing throughout a given year. Cross country is one ...
Former varsity assistant coach Chris Stroh has taken over as head coach of the Valencia High swim program, replacing former coach Mike Bechtholdt.
After just one season, West Ranch lacrosse head coach Paul Gordon stepped down to pursue business ventures, the school's athletic director Cassandra Perez confirmed Wednesday.
Hart junior shortstop Nick Valaika continues to make a name for himself, as the standout was the only local athlete named to the Milwaukee Brewers 2013 Area Code Games roster.
The words were like music to her ears. "Are you ready to be a Zag?" asked an assistant Gonzaga University volleyball coach. West Ranch's Alexis Clewis had just been offered a spot on the team starting in 2014. "What? No way," she remembers thinking. "And I was really excited and I did the whole thing where my eyes got wide and I was like, 'Oh man, this is happening." Clewis, who will be a senior ...
In just one year, Valencia High right fielder Chad Bible has made a big impact in the Santa Clarita Valley.
If the coaches and players for the West Ranch baseball program did not fully grasp what it meant to be playing in the California Classic, a showcase that features some of the top ranked teams from across the state, they sure did by the fifth inning of their final game against Concord De La Salle on Sunday.
The Valencia Vikings did their part to help the six Southern California teams represent the bottom half of the Golden State well in the California Classic Elite Tournament.
Canyon High graduate and 2013 All-Santa Clarita Valley and All-Foothill League player of the year Max Weinstein was woken up early in July by a phone call from Santa Clarita Valley coaching legend and UC Irvine head baseball coach Mike Gillespie.
It's hard to say the inaugural California Classic is a tournament, because a winner isn't declared at the end.
In a tournament featuring some of the best high school baseball programs in California, the Valencia Vikings were determined not to open with a loss.
West Ranch Wildcats head baseball coach Casey Burrill knows his team is going to have to play small ball in order to win games come the 2014 spring season.
The Santa Clarita Valley has nationwide reach in athletics. A list compiled by The Signal in a collaborative effort with the athletic directors and coaches at local high schools shows that 125 students from the most recent graduating class will be competing with four-year college teams. The list of colleges varies greatly in location, type and prestige, and it shows a wide distribution of student-athletes across the country. Naturally, the majority of the college-bound athletes ...
What started as a small-scale attempt to bring lacrosse to Saugus High School over a decade ago has blossomed into a Santa Clarita Valley-wide growth spurt.
West Ranch looks like it's about to have some company on the lacrosse field. After the Wildcats became the first high school in the Santa Clarita Valley to field a CIF-sanctioned lacrosse program last season, the Valencia Vikings appear set to debut a team of their own in 2014 - and Hart could be right on their heels. Like West Ranch, the Vikings will play as an independent next spring. Hart, which appears just behind ...
Somewhere, there's a young athlete looking at Abigail Frankian and thinking, "I hope to be like her some day."
The blueprint worked to perfection for the Hart Indians girls tennis team in its Foothill League opener on Tuesday afternoon.
The biggest change in this week's CIF-Southern section Northern Division poll was a result of West Ranch's 20-9 loss to Thousand Oaks.
There's an interesting dynamic in the Foothill League this season.
Tennis doubles partners are generally pretty close - the idea being that off-the-court chemistry leads to on-the-court success.
West Ranch football went out of its way to put an emphasis on passing the ball more this year.
Coming off their first varsity victory in school history last week, the Albert Einstein Academy Rockets were hoping to double that total on Saturday when they traveled to take on the Calvary Chapel Grizzlies in Downey.
Five turnovers on Trinity Classical Academy football's first five possessions spelled disaster.
Four straight subpar offensive drives to start the game and a 13-point deficit made Valencia High School's long trip to Righetti High of Santa Maria appear to be a waste early on.
VENTURA - Even when the bounces don't go in favor of the Saugus Centurions, they're still finding ways to win.
Last season, Hart Indians' running back Connor Wingenroth tormented the Ridgeview High School defense.
Two weeks after knocking off Clovis West in a resounding 48-0 victory, Canyon High made yet another major statement, defeating Quartz Hill 55-14 at Canyon High School's Harry Welch Stadium on Friday night.
The Golden Valley Grizzlies knew they had to stop Agoura running back Sean Bahr on Thursday night at Canyon High School.
The Hart Indians girls tennis team took two important steps during its Wednesday afternoon match with Calabasas at Hart High School.