Ask anyone who knows Saugus' Jawhar Purdy and they'll tell you the same thing.
Basketball is his life.
Valencia boys tennis captain Tyler Gottshall has one less thing to worry about heading into his senior season - college plans.
Gottshall recently committed to Loyola Marymount University, becoming the first boys' tennis player from Valencia to go straight to an NCAA Division I team.
The All-CIF-Southern Section teams were officially announced earlier this month, putting the final touches on the Santa Clarita Valley's fall sports.
And several players proved themselves among the best in Southern California at their sport by earning a mention on the All-CIF squads.
As torrential rain pounded the Santa Clarita Valley, the boys and girls Foothill League soccer matches were postponed until Monday.
Early in the fourth quarter, Golden Valley's Trevor Wiseman took a lob pass out of the air and skied above Valencia's Lonnie Jackson for an alley-oop layup.
With two of their best players in foul trouble during the third quarter Friday, the Golden Valley Grizzlies used their depth to open a big lead.
The Centurions played two halves of pounding, physical basketball with the Canyon boys basketball team.
Facing one of the Foothill League's best frontcourts, the Canyon girls basketball team needed everything its backcourt could muster.
There is a shift in Foothill League girls basketball and nowhere else was it more evident Tuesday than at Hart High.
Looking to bounce back from Friday's loss to West Ranch, the Valencia girls basketball team took out their frustrations on Golden Valley.
West Ranch boys basketball forced 25 Hart turnovers with a frenetic, pressing defense and withstood a late rally to hold off the Indians and win their first Foothill League game 62-56 on Tuesday night at Hart High.
In the fourth quarter of Friday's Valencia-West Ranch boys basketball game, Vikings guard Lonnie Jackson drove inside and took to the air, his eyes on the basket, his arm skyward, his body exposed.
When the season started, College of the Canyons women's basketball head coach Greg Herrick didn't build anyone up with lofty expectations.
With the Foothill League's opening week in the books, all the preseason predictions and speculation fell by the wayside and made room for reality.
Fresh off its CIF-Southern Section Division II championship, the Saugus girls soccer program found itself entrenched in a summer of uncertainty after the resignation of head coach Lisa Rollo on May 26.
The Santa Clarita Christian School athletic programs have been on the rise in the last few years and the 2013-2014 season might have been the best so far.
Canyon High has found its new boys soccer coach following the resignation of Lou Aguilera earlier this month.
Oh, how little things have changed in the last six months.
It's all business … or at least that's the way it seems when you talk to Saugus pitcher Mariah Lopez and West Ranch shortstop Lauren Lindvall after a game.
Two chocolate donuts.
Natalie Rodriguez was one hundredth of a second short of winning her first Foothill League track and field title this year.
Even after the single most impressive moment of the season for any Foothill League athlete, Nathan Bultman didn't go home satisfied.
It's already been a busy summer for Valencia's Devin Davis.
Valencia High School made a big splash on Wednesday by hiring former Canyon basketball head coach Chad Phillips to lead its program.
Records are made to be broken, or so the saying goes.
Because of ever-increasing club swim obligations, it's fair to say this season marked the least amount of time Saugus junior Abbey Weitzeil has spent in her Saugus High swim gear in her three seasons at the school.
It turns out the Foothill League's Player of the Year in baseball and the state's leading home run hitter was supposed to be an All-CIF selection after all.
A big group of Santa Clarita Valley athletes made it on All-CIF lists, which were unveiled Monday by the Southern Section, but one of the biggest reveals of the day was a name that didn't show up anywhere.
A lot of coaches like to fly under the radar as much as possible.