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.
By all appearances, the Foothill League looks to be a two-horse race with Hart and Valencia, on paper at least, the class of the league entering Foothill League play in 2014.
The trend of Foothill League boys soccer in recent year has been waves of momentum and fast-changing fortunes.
You know you're doing something right as an athlete when you get compared to a comic-book hero.
The Canyon Cowboys girls soccer team came out with a purpose on Thursday night at Canyon High School.
One word says it all about Thursday's inter-Santa Clarita Valley matchup between the Foothill League's Golden Valley Grizzlies and the Heritage League's Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball teams.
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.