At this point last season, expectations weren't that Valencia would repeat as CIF-Southern Section Division I champions.
The Vikings didn't care. They went out and won it again, despite critics saying that they relied so heavily in 2007 on one player, Jordan Taylor.
In the circle, West Ranch pitcher Shayna Medoff appears stoic. In many regards, her intensity is reserved for her studies.
The senior currently holds a 4.37 weighted grade point average and has been accepted to UC San Diego, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara to study either engineering or biochemistry.
She runs on the track with high socks and a flowing mane of hair, like Florence Griffith-Joyner.
Her work ethic demonstrates a rare competitive drive, which reminds her coach of Tiger Woods.
When one gripe doesn't carry much weight, Ed turns to another.
Erin Ortega will cast a big shadow for years to come.
With no slight to the other sports in the Santa Clarita Valley, there are two that bring out the crowds more than any other sport - football and basketball.
This past season, no team in Foothill League girls basketball demonstrated the concept that strong defense breeds efficient and instant offense better than Saugus.
For senior Alex McCaslin, the 2009 soccer season was a fulfillment of four years of hard work and belief that Canyon could stand alone atop the Foothill League.
It was a bit of a surprise to see West Ranch so highly ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Division I baseball poll two weeks ago.
The No. 3 ranking was the highest ranking of any team in the school's history.
College of the Canyons baseball dropped a 5-3 decision against West L.A. College Saturday on the road.
A bounceback effort against Hart resulted in a bounceback game for Valencia.
After a 3-2 loss to Foothill League-leading Saugus, Golden Valley looked like it was on the brink of reaching the level of some of the best teams in the area.
Saugus High baseball took advantage of five Canyon High errors and held off a seventh-inning Cowboy rally to remain tied atop the Foothill League with a 10-8 victory on Friday at Canyon High School.
After Saugus' meet against Canyon Thursday, several Centurions lifted Brandon Jauregui into the air in celebration.
The weather may have turned sour while Valencia boys tennis battled Saugus at home on a windy Thursday, but the Vikings extended their winning streak to nine matches with a 14-4 victory.
Saugus head football coach Jason Bornn isn't worried about stopping the high-powered offenses in the Foothill League.
They're young, tough and they don't care if you don't know their names.
The West Ranch football team lost a lot of experience on the defensive side of the ball.
Saugus High senior Abbey Weitzeil took her talents to Australia this weekend, and she gets to come back with a medal at a major international swim competition.
Things are going to look a little bit different around Golden Valley this season.
Last season the Santa Clarita Christian football team's plan of attack when running the ball was to spread teams out and allow Kamron Carroll and Derek Lewis to find open spaces.
During last week's visit to the Santa Clarita Valley, World Wrestling Entertainment executive Stephnanie McMahon addressed the question of whether or not her company fits under the umbrella of athletics.
Ian Caddow wasn't sure he was going to play football this season.
Jeremy Haggerty tried his best to be a sponge over the past 12 years.
Hart quarterback Brady White woke up in the mornings during his family's recent vacation to Coronado Beach and walked down to the water with a football.
The film don't lie.
It started in 1971.
Trinity Classical Academy promoted assistant Jeremy Haggerty to the position of varsity head boys basketball coach on Tuesday.
There are few singular moments that can send two groups of people at the same place spiraling into opposite extremes of the emotional spectrum.
It starts early - usually with a family members' suggestion and guidance.