Valencia continued its dominance of the Foothill League in a way that was anything but dominant.
Valencia senior golfer Alex Macaluso didn't have to battle as hard on the golf course Tuesday as much as he had to battle off the course coming up with the right word to describe the gap between his team and Foothill League-leading West Ranch.
Going into Tuesday's swim meet with Canyon, Saugus head coach Vicky Donnelly expected challenges on the girls' side, and knew it would be a battle between the boys.
One tried out for volleyball in the spur of the moment. One hasn't stopped playing volleyball for the past four years. One had never touched a volleyball until a few weeks ago.
West Ranch seniors Frankie Madero, Jeff Zepp and Kulwinder Singh all took different paths to joining the boys volleyball team, but now that they're together, the trio has one goal in mind.
There may be no program as dominant in its respective sport in the Santa Clarita Valley than Valencia boys volleyball.
But fresh off their consensus national championship, the Vikings will look completely different this year.
A late goal from Bakersfield's Joshua Shin with 4:38 remaining in the third period was the difference in the Roughnecks' 3-1 victory over Valencia High on the opening night of Ice Station Valencia's High School Hockey season on Monday night.
In its ninth consecutive year, the club league features eight teams, including Valencia High, Canyon High, Hart High, Saugus High, Antelope Valley High, Bakersfield High, Burbank and West Valley (San Fernando and Simi Valleys).
When Scott Drootin accepted the head coaching position with Golden Valley baseball, the hope was that he could change the losing climate that had dominated the Grizzlies' past.
Coming off a year that saw Golden Valley post an 0-15 Foothill League mark, the Grizzlies were looking for an infusion of talent.
The fifth annual Percy Knox invitational featured a limited number of Foothill League athletes, but those who did compete put in some strong results.
Andy Campbell understands that building the Golden Valley football program is a large undertaking.
Big innings have plagued Canyon all season, and a crooked number hurt the Cowboys again Friday afternoon.
There will be no comparisons between this Hart pitching staff and last year's.
Valencia is one of the younger teams in the Foothill League, but the Vikings were able to capitalize on the youthful mistakes of Golden Valley Friday.
Saugus has the kind of balance and depth that few track teams in the Foothill League can match.
Valencia came into Thursday's match against West Ranch with the goal of defending its reputation as the elite team in the Foothill League, but it turned out that the Vikings were up against more than just an up-and-coming Wildcat team.
In a surprising move, Chris Printz has resigned as head coach of the Golden Valley boys basketball team.
The West Ranch and Hart track teams split their meets on Thursday at Hart, with the Hart Boys winning 72-64 and the West Ranch girls winning 98.5-33.5
From the outside in, the Foothill League title looks like a two-horse race.
It won't be a runaway.
It was just another day in the pool for the Hart boys and girls swim teams on Tuesday as both won convincingly over Saugus at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.
With their wins on Tuesday, the Valencia and West Ranch boys tennis teams have set the table for what could be the matchup of the year on Thursday.
The Saugus Centurions were at their best in Tuesday's Foothill League opener, and there was very little the visiting Valencia Vikings could do about it.
Saugus boys volleyball is getting pretty good at playing the spoiler.
With all five of its scorers finishing within seven strokes of each other, the steady and consistent West Ranch Wildcats won the Foothill League's opening match with a total score of 398 on Tuesday at Valencia Country Club.
The balancing of the playing field may be the schedule.
It was the fall and there was talk that a Golden Valley girls golf program could possibly finish on top of the Foothill league for the first time in school history.
The Santa Clarita Christian and Trinity Classical Academy winter sports teams broke plenty of new ground in 2014.
Granny-style half court shots, no-look passes, alley-oops and broken rims.
Call it an exhibition game all you want.
Hart junior starting pitcher Jack Ralston has been dominant so far this season.
Valencia's Dylan Thomas said he wasn't feeling well when he woke up on Friday morning.