There are some who take labels personally.
To begin the Foothill League girls soccer season, the Valencia Vikings squeaked past the Saugus by a single goal in a thriller at Valencia High School on Jan. 14.
Golden Valley girls basketball kept going after Canyon.
There's one word that described what Hart Indians boys basketball was on Friday against the West Ranch Wildcats at Hart High - overwhelming.
It's one thing to play teams in higher playoff divisions, it's another to beat them.
It's about a half hour before practice is supposed to start at Hart High School.
Few teams have tested the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals girls soccer team this season.
The Foothill League's Offensive Player of the Year will be playing football for one of the most pass-happy college football teams in the nation.
Foothill League soccer coaches constantly reiterate the lack of predictability during the season, and Tuesday's action reinforced and refuted those claims simultaneously.
This is when everyone can take a step back and take a breath.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Beast Mode was Least Mode again.
The last team to defeat the Hart Indians in the Foothill League was the Canyon Cowboys.
It took the Golden Valley Grizzlies girls basketball team 15 tries and eight seasons, but they finally beat the Saugus Centurions.
There was no reason for the defending league champions to panic after a loss last week.
With both teams entering Tuesday's contest at Golden Valley High School without a Foothill League win, the Saugus Centurions and Golden Valley Grizzlies girls soccer teams saw in each other an opportunity for a major breakthrough.
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.
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.