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.
Viewed as one of the Foothill League's elite teams heading into the season, West Ranch boys volleyball found itself four points away from taking a giant step backward.
The Santa Clarita Valley had a remarkable basketball season this winter, with 10 total teams reaching the CIF-Southern Section postseason.
Hart swimming kept on rolling Wednesday as the Indian faithful watched the girls cruise 132-38 and the boys win 113-57 over West Ranch at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.
It has been no secret that Valencia swimming is going to be a force this year.
This year, fellow Foothill League teams Saugus and Hart crashed the party at the High Five Classic, hosted by Valencia High School.
Samantha Ortega is still feeling the sting of last week's second-place finish at the CIF State Cross Country championships.
Hart football did more than just win a CIF championship on Friday night.
The Hart Indians may have taken a more circuitous route than it expected this season.
Ten years ago, Connor Wingenroth was on the sidelines at the Home Depot Center as a ballboy for the Hart Indians in the CIF-Southern Section Division II championship game.
Near-freezing temperatures outside weren't enough to keep Santa Clarita Valley football fans away from this one.