Heading into its match against Canyon Tuesday, the Valencia boys volleyball team wanted to improve its serving.
Some teams have a reputation so strong that they don't need to make a statement.
Former teammates pitched against each other and families were divided Tuesday as Foothill League softball officially got underway.
Winning eight straight league titles means that every time Valencia softball steps onto the field, its opponent will be gunning to take down the champ.
Close makes Valencia golfer Max Homa sick.
Everybody agrees defense wins championships in softball. But what about having the ability to hit the ball so hard that the other team doesn't even have a chance to play any defense?
At this point last season, expectations weren't that Valencia would repeat as CIF-Southern Section Division I champions.
The Vikings didn't care. They went out and won it again, despite critics saying that they relied so heavily in 2007 on one player, Jordan Taylor.
In the circle, West Ranch pitcher Shayna Medoff appears stoic. In many regards, her intensity is reserved for her studies.
The senior currently holds a 4.37 weighted grade point average and has been accepted to UC San Diego, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara to study either engineering or biochemistry.
She runs on the track with high socks and a flowing mane of hair, like Florence Griffith-Joyner.
Her work ethic demonstrates a rare competitive drive, which reminds her coach of Tiger Woods.
When one gripe doesn't carry much weight, Ed turns to another.
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.
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.