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.
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.
It doesn't seem like anything can faze this Hart High boys soccer team.
Game tape, stats and word of mouth serve as many teams' scouting reports come the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.
What did Valencia boys soccer achieve in 2014?
As historical wins go, this one won't go into the ultra-dramatic category.
Canyon Cowboys girls basketball senior Monica Friedl said the team feels invincible since its win over Valencia two weeks ago.
The side door of Hart High's gymnasium is rarely, if ever, open during games.
The tears weren't so much about an end, but about what should have been.
The biggest message Golden Valley girls basketball head coach Kerri Garland tried to convey to her team was how good they were.
The West Ranch Wildcats boys basketball team was hot to end the regular season.
QUARTZ HILL - As Rocket Collins sat on the bench in pre-game warmups, the Valencia Vikings boys basketball head coach had an inkling that one of his players was about to have a big night.
Trinity Classical Academy boys basketball hit the century mark in points for the first time in school history and won by 45 points.
The Canyon Cowboys took it to Loara High of Anaheim on the road on Friday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs.
The Canyon Cowboys girls soccer team will think about this one for a while.
Down by one early and maybe too close for comfort at halftime, the Hart Indians pulled away Friday at Hart High and defeated the Beckman High Patriots of Irvine 92-61 in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division IIA playoffs.
The Valencia Vikings girls soccer team wanted to quickly erase the memory of falling just short of a Foothill League title last week.