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.
Is blood thicker than water?
Twin sisters, Emily and Clarice Fraczek have the answer.
Just two years into her high school golf career, Hart's Amanda Corr has gone through two year-end battles.
A trio of Hart girls, still relying on each other for motivation, and one Saugus golfer advanced to the next round of the CIF-Southern Section girls golf playoffs after shooting qualifying scores Monday at Soule Park Golf Club in Ojai at the Northern Individual Regional.
Amanda Corr, Nikki Prichard and Kendall Dusenberry of Hart and Tiara Wells of Saugus will all compete in Thursday's CIF-Southern Section Individual Final and WSCGA Qualifier - the second of a five-part individual playoffs that ends at the State Championship Nov. 18.
Foothill League play is still more than two weeks away, but the two teams most expect to vie for the league title - Valencia and Hart - will get an early look at each other in Monday's Hart Soccer Showcase tournament final.
The promising start to the season for Golden Valley boys soccer took a wrong turn on Saturday, but there are still encouraging signs for this up-and-coming team.
The Valencia Vikings girls soccer team was thoroughly frustrated by the Knight High Hawks' offside trap in the first half of its Hart Soccer Showcase pool play match on Friday at The Master's College's Reese Field.
The Hart Indians boys soccer team saved its best for first on Friday morning at The Master's College, and there was little the Saugus Centurions could do about it.
Sometimes box scores can be misleading.
After multiple years working at various positions at The Signal, I officially left the paper in October. Still, the excitement and passion I have for Santa Clarita Valley sports remains, and I have continued to work for the paper on a freelance basis
Forget the Oscars and the Emmys. We at The Signal are going to provide you with the best year-end awards of them all with The Siggies, which will cover the best of Santa Clarita Valley sports in 2013.
This coming year will mark my 10th year covering sports for The Signal so I've seen a lot of history.
The Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team was wildly successful a season ago, and it's finding out just how hard it is to replicate that success to begin the 2013-14 season.
Meet Trinity Classical Academy sophomore Andrew Pabalan.
Every time Kamron Carroll puts on his uniform, the Santa Clarita Christian School boys basketball team's chances of winning increase exponentially.
It's undeniable that the Santa Clarita Christian School Cardinals boys basketball team has a lot of potential, and some size to boot.
The Trinity Classical Academy football team will try to defend its CIF championship under a new head coach.
The release of the All-San Joaquin football and All-Heritage League girls volleyball teams meant a lot of awards for the Santa Clarita Christian School athletic program.
If the 2013 Foothill League football season taught us anything, it was how arbitrary time can be.