Now the races are starting to heat up.
The Valencia girls tennis team will stay atop the Foothill League standings for one more week with a 12-6 win over West Ranch at Valencia High.
When the girls volleyball season began, many people pegged West Ranch as a team that could end Valencia's seven-year reign atop the Foothill League.
The Saugus girls volleyball team overpowered Golden Valley 3-0 in each team's Foothill League opener Tuesday at Saugus High School.
Valencia, the reigning Foothill League champion for the last seven years, has a stumbling block ahead in 2009.
For Saugus volleyball player Taylor Schubert, there are simply not enough hours in the day. These days she's juggling school, sports and volunteer work on the weekends.
Valencia High has been home to some elite-level baseball players recently.
Santa Clarita Christian School football amassed 520 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground en route to a 66-43 victory over Hesperia Christian Saturday night at Canyon High School.
The Cardinals (2-2) were led by senior running back Collin Keoshian, who piled up 304 yards on 24 carries and tallied six rushing touchdowns. He also caught the Cardinals lone score through the air when he pulled in a pass delivered from quarterback Colin Mayhugh for a 36-yard score in the first quarter.
It appears that the boundaries of Saugus cross country's dominance are expanding.
The Centurions won the girls 3-mile varsity AAA race, led by junior Kaylin Mahoney's individual victory, while the boys team placed third in its respective 3-mile varsity AAA race on Saturday at the 45th McQuaid Jesuit Cross Country Invitational in Genesee Valley Park, Rochester, N.Y.
College of the Canyons football team knew it was going to have to battle in order to beat undefeated Allan Hancock College.
There weren't a lot of big upsets Saturday as Valencia High hosted its 14th annual regional Fall Brawl tennis tournament.
WEST HILLS - The Canyon Cowboys headed to Chaminade, hoping to get their first win of the season.
But Chaminade would have none of it.
Saugus should get a gift receipt for this one.
Taft of Woodland Hills was a giving mood Friday night at Cougar Stadium, committing 17 penalties for 132 yards.
Golden Valley continued to struggle on offense thanks to Serrano's strong defensive effort in a 24-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday at Canyon High.
The Diamondbacks (3-2) entered the game giving up only seven points per contest and controlled the line of scrimmage all night, limiting Golden Valley (0-4) to less that 100 yards of total offense.
There are few singular moments that can send two groups of people at the same place spiraling into opposite extremes of the emotional spectrum.
It starts early - usually with a family members' suggestion and guidance.
"My kids hated basketball."
Ever hear of those people who never take sick days at work?
Pain is inevitable. This is a concept that athletes across all sports seem to understand.
It's been said that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
We play them, we watch them, we care deeply about them.
This version of "On the Beat" is going to be all over the place so stick with us.
With the start of the football season less than two weeks away, teams around the Santa Clarita Valley have been hard at work preparing.
The underdog story came to an end on Thursday for Jonathan Chang.
Saugus High and Canyons Aquatic swimmer Abbey Weitzeil made no secret of her desire to qualify for the USA National swim team.
The Santa Clarita Valley has enjoyed a long history of statewide success in high school cross country.
Hart High has added lacrosse as a self-sustaining interscholastic sport, joining West Ranch and Valencia as the third team to add the sport.
The Foothill League's wealth of experience was on display over the weekend at the Foothill Invitational girls volleyball tournament.