In its preleague finale, West Ranch boys soccer had to overcome emotion, constant injury problems and the stylistic changes of its opponent.
And when the final whistle blew, Wildcats head coach Mo Burgess said it was an ideal game to preview Foothill League play.
Golden Valley point guard Trevor Wiseman returned from a four-game absence Tuesday night, and all eyes were on the ankle that kept him out.
It looks like the ankle is in tip-top shape and so is Golden Valley's defense.
The Valencia High Vikings have won eight straight league titles because head coach Annie Kellogg builds all-around teams.
Could it have been any more competitive at the top of the Foothill League this year?
Kaylin Mahoney had run this course before.
The performances turned in by Seth Totten this season were downright scary.
It's hard to quantify the talent of Valencia's Steven Manfro.
You could call him a running back, but most running backs don't possess Manfro's abilities as a pass-catcher.
First Team Offense
To a kid from the Santa Clarita Valley, attending the University of Minnesota might feel like a culture shock.
The climate is much colder. There are lakes all over the city of Minneapolis. It's one of the largest public campuses in the country.
Hart High's football team had only the technical preamble of a game clock keeping it from celebrating a third consecutive CIF-Southern Section championship.
The Santa Clarita Valley is known for its quarterbacks.
Asked to describe UNLV wide receiver Ryan Wolfe, ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said: "Ryan Wolfe is ... one of the best clutch performers in all of college football with those great hands."
I will never forget the game when Valencia played at Notre Dame in 2005.
Former Valencia High pitcher Jordan Taylor played in the top tournaments against the best players in the country.
This will probably be a long week for Foothill League swimmers, as they look ahead to next week's Foothill League prelims and finals where, quite literally, anything might happen.
It was a fairly quiet way for Valencia boys volleyball to officially stake claim to a Foothill League title on Tuesday.
Time off can give players a chance to recuperate.
All of a sudden West Ranch boys golf is looking vulnerable.
The Valencia Vikings might have been overlooked heading into the Foothill League season, but the two-time defending champion West Ranch Wildcats weren't going to do any overlooking of their own on Tuesday afternoon at West Ranch High School.