In early 2008, the Foothill League football coaches took a stand.
It is one of the biggest complaints lodged by angry parents and coaches in the Santa Clarita Valley, yet very few, if anybody, are willing to talk about it on record or provide evidence on the subject.
With all the attention paid to high school sports, people sometimes forget that student-athletes are just that: students before athletes.
A coach in the William S. Hart Union High School District said he has had players who have taken steroids.
Fostering a passion can be a pricey venture for parents of gifted athletes.
In early January, Canyon High girls basketball head coach Stan Delus was insistent that he did nothing wrong.
Message boards aren't just a local phenomenon.
"This kid needs help. He is a cancer to any football team."
It seems that athletes have grown a lot over the years.
Video is as an important part of sports – and not just the flashy SportsCenter stuff.
As competition in youth and high school sports continues to reach higher levels, athletics have become year-round.
VAN NUYS - Wildcats Cody Howard and Allen Sarkissian combined to four-hit Agoura and West Ranch capitalized on seven Charger errors to win the Valley Invitational Baseball League championship 7-1 Friday at Birmingham High.
The VIBL title is the first in the program's history.
Amidst a cluttered sea of files, game programs and baseballs, Hart statistician Mike Gaber sits at his desk tallying number after number.
My first-ever job was at a Dairy Queen. They fired me after one day.
Since then I've delivered pizzas, officiated laser tag matches and assembled electrolysis machines. I've stocked shelves at an office supply store, sold knives in people's living rooms and tried to convince people to agree to refinance their homes over the telephone.
High school sports coaches really do make sacrifices.
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.
One road to the U.S. Open, which last year was won by Justin Rose, is through Valencia.
Saugus boys volleyball isn't going away quietly after falling short to Valencia earlier in the week.
In the most critical match of the day in terms of the Foothill League standings, the Hart High Indians clinched a spot in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.
A lot of weight was on the shoulders of a select number of athletes for Golden Valley girls track and field.
The Vikings needed some heroics to get past Hart on Thursday afternoon at Valencia High School, and luckily Britney Ross-Smith was up for the challenge.