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.
Adaptability is an important ingredient to coaching success.
There's an adage in the NBA that if you don't add an extra wrinkle to your game every offseason, you're not going to last.
Walk-on coaches are not in an ideal situation.
One of the highest-paid and most successful coaches in the Santa Clarita Valley works for slightly more than a couple of bucks an hour.
Two simple words make a world of difference - athletic and personal.
West Ranch advanced to the Valley Invitational Baseball League championship game Wednesday, but just barely.
They're her words.
This season has been a year of growth for Louisville Bats infielder and Hart graduate Chris Valaika.
Casey Mulligan laughs about a comparison to St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel.
Four Foothill League teams came into the second round of the Valley Invitational Baseball League Playoffs Saturday, and two continued to the round of eight with a pair of decidedly different games.
Valencia opened its first round contest of the Valley Invitational Baseball League playoffs with a bang.
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.