Just about every individual Foothill League champion in boys track and field last season graduated.
Defending league champion Saugus also lost several talented athletes.
Athletes often have to pace themselves and remember that the season is a marathon, not a sprint.
For Canyon junior Darius Rudolph, it's just the opposite.
Last year, West Ranch challenged Valencia for the Foothill League tennis title.
This season, the Wildcats will be challenged to overcome their youth.
If parity is indeed the lay of the land in the boys' Foothill League race this season, Canyon and Valencia provided the proof.
As events ticked away, neither team was able to take a decisive advantage.
It's not just the race for third place in Foothill League boys golf that will be tight in 2010.
Apparently it's the race for second as well.
When the Hart boys volleyball team lost the third game to Alemany to fall behind 2-1, the Indians could have succumbed to the momentum the Warriors had gained.
Instead, they snatched it right back.
Complacency is another opponent to a championship team.
How people soon forget.
A meeting regarding a cross country course redesign at Central Park scheduled for 5 p.m. today has been postponed.
Last season, Valencia boys tennis won its seventh Foothill League title in the last eight years.
Canyon isn't just looking to be part of the Foothill League pack this season, or compete for the league's last playoff spot.
Every year talent comes and goes, opening the door for programs and individuals to move up the ranks.
But this year is different.
Valencia head coach Annie Kellogg said it took "about 10 years" for her Vikings to win their first Spring Smash, the pre-Foothill League tournament they've hosted for the last 15 years.
But as Valencia No. 1 singles player Tyler Gottshall looked around the courts in the final round Saturday, he saw nothing but teammates.
What does it take to etch your name in the record books three times by your junior year of high school?
When she was 12 years old, Michelle Duraj stepped onto the blocks for the first time.
When the Foothill League softball coaches met to vote on the 2014 Pitcher of the Year, there wasn't much surprise in who came out on top.
Welcome to On The Beat, college softball edition.
Baseball is as traditional a sport as you get.
New rules issued by CIF State will limit practice time across the board for high school athletics, but local coaches don't expect much of an impact going forward.
Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang advanced to the CIF/SCGA Regional State Qualifier (or the Southern California championship) with a 3-over 74 on Tuesday at the CIF-Southern Section Boys Golf Individual Championship.
NORWALK - Winning wasn't the priority on Friday.
This "youth" label kept getting in the way of Santa Clarita Christian baseball considering itself a bona fide CIF-championship caliber team this season.