The Valencia boys golf team battled for respect all season long.
The only varsity starting shortstop West Ranch High has known has verbally committed to play baseball at UC Irvine.
Cal Vogelsang, a three-year varsity player, informed Irvine last week, according to West Ranch head coach Casey Burrill.
As the regular season of the Valencia Ice Station High School Hockey season comes to a close, the four local club teams will head into the first round of postseason play on Monday with very different perspectives.
With the 2009 boys volleyball and boys tennis seasons in the books, seven teams now turn their attention to the postseason, but one sport feels slighted.
Golden Valley sprinter Enock Aduo is running toward a finish line that isn't painted on a track.
If he gets there, he won't be honored as a Foothill League champion, or anything of that nature.
It was an exclamation point on a season when a group of underclassmen led Valencia to the head of the Foothill League.
College of the Canyons got close to advancing in the California Community College Southern Regionals, but for the second consecutive year the Cougars were sent home early in the third game of the opening round.
It appears as if there will be a wild-card round to this season's CIF-Southern Section Division I baseball playoffs.
When the day began, Valencia and West Ranch were tied atop the Foothill League standings with what figured to be another close battle between the league's top teams scheduled.
As the lights came on at the Foothill League track and field championships, plenty of excitement also arrived.
With 18 hits and a nine-run first inning, Saugus High kept its Foothill League title hopes alive with a 17-5 win over Golden Valley on Friday at Saugus High School.
Last year at this time, Saugus boys volleyball was closing out a season that saw the Centurions finish in the Foothill League cellar.
The new coach is the old coach at Golden Valley.
Valencia boys volleyball closed off its eighth straight perfect Foothill League season by dropping West Ranch 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-19) Tuesday.
Hart swimming has always had a tradition of success, and Thursday at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, both the boys and girls teams made sure to continue the trend.
Casey Burrill, head baseball coach at West Ranch, called his team's 2-1 win over visiting Saugus on Friday a "baseball connoisseur's dream."
Coming off a frustrating, five-game loss to Valencia to start league play, the Saugus Centurions boys volleyball team was determined to rebound in a big way.
Saugus head track and field coach David Russell knew coming into Thursday's first Foothill League meet of the season against Valencia that a lot of the scoring burden would fall on his distance runners.
The Valencia Vikings boys tennis team has sliced through a hot knife through butter thus far in Foothill League play.
It was April 19 of last year when Golden Valley and Canyon boys track and field went at it.
After building up its program for years, the Golden Valley girls track and field team finally reached the pinnacle last year by winning its first Foothill League championship in school history.
The Hart baseball team took advantage of some costly mistakes and rallied to beat visiting West Ranch 5-2 on Wednesday and remain perfect in Foothill League play.
Coming into Wednesday's contest at Golden Valley, Canyon senior first baseman Vincent Fitzgerald hadn't been able to get more than one hit in a game all year.
Valencia Vikings baseball is going to have to pitch to be a Foothill League title contender in 2014 and the Saugus Centurions are going to have to hit to do the same.
The wind didn't seem to bother the Valencia boys tennis on Tuesday as the Vikings beat the Golden Valley Grizzlies 16-2 on a blustery day at Golden Valley High.
It was about as wild an affair as a high school swim meet could possibly be on Tuesday afternoon in the Foothill League opener for Valencia and Saugus at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center.
It only took one game for West Ranch boys volleyball to get back into its Foothill League groove.
For the first time in years, the waters look murky for the Hart boys swim team.
On paper, the Foothill League title race will come down to perhaps the valley's two biggest rivals: Hart versus Valencia.
It's hard to stand out when you're a swimmer at Hart High School.