When healthy, Valencia's junior varsity football team has the talent to contend for a Foothill League title.
True quarterbacks are hard to come by at the freshman level.
Everywhere you look, Valencia has returning players.
Finality arrived when the pickup truck pulled away.
Circle the dates.
There are lots of them.
College College of the Canyons was perfect for three months of the 2008 season.
The Canyon football program has had several players leave the program the last couple years.
To the public, these players may be nameless figures at practice wearing training vests and lining up against the guys who will see most of the snaps this fall.
At the end of practice at Central Park early Thursday evening, Santa Clarita Christian football head coach Garrick Moss had a few last messages to his players.
When Mike Kane stepped down as head coach of West Ranch football, it left the program without a leader for the first time since the Wildcats varsity first stepped on the field.
With four potential starters banged up after just a couple of days in pads, the question for Saugus head coach Jason Bornn is: "Do you rest them?"
By most accounts, the Valencia Vikings are the most talented football team in the Foothill League.
It has commonly been said that success on the football field begins with the men up front.
The tug of war between coaches at a given school over athletes is an issue that usually doesn't slip past the conference room at a school.
For the last three years, Valencia senior volleyball player Katie Hank and West Ranch senior Allison Summers have been club teammates and Foothill League rivals.
Just when it looked like the Canyon Cowboys and West Ranch Wildcats were headed for a draw on Friday night at Canyon High School, the Cowboys' Vanessa Quintero changed everything on one strike.
With both teams entering Friday afternoon's match at Golden Valley high school in search of their first Foothill League victory, the Valencia Vikings and Golden Valley Grizzlies boys soccer teams played urgently, aggressively and passionately - and there were plenty of goals scored and yellow cards issued to reflect it.
No matter how many loose balls went against them or how many shots they missed, the Valencia Vikings boys basketball team never strayed from the plan.
NEW YORK (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 32 points, Jamal Crawford added 29, and the Los Angeles Clippers opened a seven-game road trip with their fifth straight victory, 109-95 over the New York Knicks on Friday night.
Some of the Santa Clarita Valley's top prep football seniors will get one last high school game on Sunday.
The Golden Valley girls soccer program's list of achievements is a short one that probably begins with its 2-1 victory over the Valencia Vikings two years ago on Jan. 26, 2012 - its only win ever against a Foothill League opponent.