Canyon was already involved with one Foothill League boys basketball surprise this week.
With a matchup of two of Foothill League's most prolific scorers - Lonnie Jackson for Valencia and Martin Flowers for West Ranch – Friday night promised to be a scoring marathon in Valencia's gym.
Fueled by its last two losses to Canyon, the Hart girls soccer team felt like it had a lot to prove.
Christian Lopes is taking his enormous potential to Huntington Beach.
In the fall, the College of the Canyons football team remained strong through defensive consistency.
West Ranch senior Erin Ruiz knows how to score.
Cole Preston got a taste of varsity basketball success last season.
Judgments shouldn't be made by just one game, but the opening day of the Foothill League winter season definitely had its share of interesting moments.
Last season, a slow start to the Foothill League schedule forced West Ranch to play catch-up.
Thanks to a fast start in the second half of Tuesday's league opener, this year is a different story.
For three quarters, the Hart girls basketball team stifled Valencia with its full-court pressure.
One year ago, Saugus girls soccer opened the Foothill League season with a four-goal loss to Valencia, a game that masked the Centurions' true potential.
Whether Valencia point guard Jake Kelfer hit the floor or swingman Lonnie Jackson collided with a defender in mid-air, there was little doubt how Hart planned to counter the Vikings' offense.
Clearly, there was a big gap between Golden Valley boys basketball and the other five Foothill League teams last season.
There used to be a time when Valencia's Lonnie Jackson could be rattled.
In a time when basketball is speeding up, half the Foothill League has decided to slow it down.
All of a sudden West Ranch boys golf is looking vulnerable.
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.