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.
Hart junior Katie Trevino plays soccer with great passion.
The target has been big, but it has never been this big.
Graduations and departures have left things shaken up at the top of Foothill League girls basketball.
Every girls basketball coach in the Foothill League knows who she is.
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.