As competition in youth and high school sports continues to reach higher levels, athletics have become year-round.
VAN NUYS - Wildcats Cody Howard and Allen Sarkissian combined to four-hit Agoura and West Ranch capitalized on seven Charger errors to win the Valley Invitational Baseball League championship 7-1 Friday at Birmingham High.
The VIBL title is the first in the program's history.
Amidst a cluttered sea of files, game programs and baseballs, Hart statistician Mike Gaber sits at his desk tallying number after number.
My first-ever job was at a Dairy Queen. They fired me after one day.
Since then I've delivered pizzas, officiated laser tag matches and assembled electrolysis machines. I've stocked shelves at an office supply store, sold knives in people's living rooms and tried to convince people to agree to refinance their homes over the telephone.
High school sports coaches really do make sacrifices.
Adaptability is an important ingredient to coaching success.
There's an adage in the NBA that if you don't add an extra wrinkle to your game every offseason, you're not going to last.
Walk-on coaches are not in an ideal situation.
One of the highest-paid and most successful coaches in the Santa Clarita Valley works for slightly more than a couple of bucks an hour.
Two simple words make a world of difference - athletic and personal.
West Ranch advanced to the Valley Invitational Baseball League championship game Wednesday, but just barely.
They're her words.
This season has been a year of growth for Louisville Bats infielder and Hart graduate Chris Valaika.
Casey Mulligan laughs about a comparison to St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel.
Four Foothill League teams came into the second round of the Valley Invitational Baseball League Playoffs Saturday, and two continued to the round of eight with a pair of decidedly different games.
Valencia opened its first round contest of the Valley Invitational Baseball League playoffs with a bang.
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.
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.