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.
The Saugus girls basketball team shared the Foothill League title two years ago and won it outright in 2008-09.
Next winter, Foothill League boys basketball will have a much different look.
Valencia is already the reigning Foothill League baseball champion, and the Vikings already have a roster loaded with young talent.
A trio of local players began the season in the Major Leagues, and from there, their paths have diverged.
On Aug. 1, members of Phenom Track and Field will compete in the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines, Iowa.
Alison Lee never saw this coming.
Had it not been for two troublesome holes at the end of Saturday's round in the U.S. Women's Open Championship, who knows how high Valencia resident Alison Lee might have climbed.
Looking to build off last season's success, West Ranch girls basketball took another step in the program's progression on Saturday. The Wildcats won the 16th annual Santa Clarita Summer Shootout, their first championship title at the event.
A pair of local swimmers took major steps in their careers beginning Tuesday and ending Saturday at the USA Swimming World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, Ind.
Two local teams advanced to the semifinals of the Hart Passing Tournament Friday at Hart High, however, only one took the field during the championship round.
Valencia resident Alison Lee, just 14 years old, made the cut after round two of the 2009 U.S. Women's Open Championship Friday.
Hart High graduate and former The Master's College star Jerry Owens was suspended for 50 games last week from the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol for violating the league's drug policy.
It's not entirely uncommon for a club swimmer to see their high school team as something secondary; a break from the grind of a club season, but ultimately just that - a break.
Can you consider one nonwinning year a drought?
Canyon High senior Cole Mears has always considered himself a utility player.
From the start, this season was about two teams: West Ranch and Saugus.
For track and field coaches, it's always a balancing act between worrying about winning team competitions and figuring out how to keep their best athletes ready for the end of the season.
Different park. Same result.
Hart High junior pitcher Paul Richan said he was thinking about Friday's game against surging Valencia for two days.
It doesn't happen very often in Foothill League play, but you can bet that when A.J. West and Jake Bird come in to pitch for West Ranch in the same game, it's a close one.
One road to the U.S. Open, which last year was won by Justin Rose, is through Valencia.
Saugus boys volleyball isn't going away quietly after falling short to Valencia earlier in the week.
In the most critical match of the day in terms of the Foothill League standings, the Hart High Indians clinched a spot in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.
A lot of weight was on the shoulders of a select number of athletes for Golden Valley girls track and field.
The Vikings needed some heroics to get past Hart on Thursday afternoon at Valencia High School, and luckily Britney Ross-Smith was up for the challenge.
The Saugus Centurions' pitching staff continues to deal, and its bats continue to heat up.