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.
College of the Canyons baseball dropped a 5-3 decision against West L.A. College Saturday on the road.
A bounceback effort against Hart resulted in a bounceback game for Valencia.
After a 3-2 loss to Foothill League-leading Saugus, Golden Valley looked like it was on the brink of reaching the level of some of the best teams in the area.
Saugus High baseball took advantage of five Canyon High errors and held off a seventh-inning Cowboy rally to remain tied atop the Foothill League with a 10-8 victory on Friday at Canyon High School.
After Saugus' meet against Canyon Thursday, several Centurions lifted Brandon Jauregui into the air in celebration.
The weather may have turned sour while Valencia boys tennis battled Saugus at home on a windy Thursday, but the Vikings extended their winning streak to nine matches with a 14-4 victory.
"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.
Hart High School appears to be next in line as the Santa Clarita Valley's latest school to add lacrosse to its athletic programs, but there are still some pretty significant hurdles to overcome.
Hart High School graduate Anthony Ervin won his first 50-meter freestyle national title in 13 years, upsetting five-time champion and training partner Nathan Adrian on Sunday at the U.S. swim championships in Irvine.