It's not often an athlete truly comes out of nowhere to the surprise of rival players and coaches around the valley.
For both the Foothill and Bay leagues, last week's games were the final tuneup before league play, and the leagues' two top teams sit at the top of the latest CIF-Southern Section Northern Division rankings.
Tevon Priestley wanted to get under the wide receiver's skin.
In a game that looked like two teams that didn't have much time to prepare for one another, Viewpoint used a strong third quarter and held off a late Cardinals' surge in a 24-14 victory at Canyon High School.
It was clear from the start what kind of day it would be for the Trinity Knights when they hosted the Ojai Valley Spuds on Saturday at Ojai Valley High School.
CAMARILLO - Down by four points with 3:23 remaining in the fourth quarter, Saugus Centurions running back Blake Austin dove over right tackle at the 1-yard line to give his team what appeared to be a game-clinching first-and-goal opportunity against a reeling Camarillo Scorpions football team.
CHATSWORTH - For at least one night this season, the Golden Valley Grizzlies football team can feel like a perennial powerhouse.
One week after surrendering more points than it had in its first three games combined, the motivated Canyon defense bolstered the Cowboys to a 28-0 win over the Steele Canyon Cougars on Friday, some 175 miles from home in Spring Valley.
SANTA MONICA - The Hart Indians faced another challenge on Friday night, and they didn't flinch.
VALLEY GLEN - The Loyola Cubs may have dominated time of possession, but it was a span of just 32 seconds that decided their game with the Valencia Vikings on Friday night at Los Angeles Valley College.
Canyon (3-1) at Steele Canyon (2-2)
This was the first one.
Valencia girls volleyball marched into Golden Valley's gym, played three efficient games and then quickly shuffled out.
Three football coaches with Santa Clarita Valley ties are part of a poll to determine the best coach in the state of California.
Neither team was going to come out of Tuesday's Foothill League girls volleyball opener with style points.
Golden Valley boys soccer coach Juan Paolo believes his Grizzlies can make noise in the Foothill League this year, and Wednesday's showing against Santa Paula High at Golden Valley High School in the team's preseason finale will do little to change that belief.
It was pretty obvious early in the Santa Clarita Valley girls golf season that the winds of change had blown in.
It's funny what expectations can do.
In a lot of ways, Brian Zabilski is the perfect representative of a storied Saugus cross country program.
Golden Valley High School officially announced the hiring of Dan Kelley as its new varsity head football coach on Monday.
The best doubles team in the Santa Clarita Valley didn't play a single regular season match during the 2013 girls tennis season.
On a singles lineup as dominant as Hart's was this past season, it's hard to stand out.
Hart senior guard Lewis Stallworth issued a verbal commitment to the University of Texas at El Paso on Sunday.
Football player can mean two things.
Beating state powerhouse Chaminade proved too tall a task for the West Ranch Wildcats boys basketball team.
In a league and a sport usually dominated by seniors who work their way up the ranks, Valencia junior Lindsey Knudsen was an early bloomer.
Hart quarterback Brady White was named to the MaxPreps.com 2013 Junior All-American Football Team on Friday.
Schools are out for break and Foothill League play for winter sports is still a couple weeks away.
The Santa Clarita Valley prides itself on its standard of excellence in high school sports.
Hart boys basketball head coach Tom Kelly has a talented squad in Newhall this year, and it can run.