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.
For the second straight game, the Saugus baseball team has had to rely heavily on its pitching in order to grind out a win.
Foothill League coaches collectively said prior to the baseball season that defense and pitching could be the factors that determine who wins the league championship.
Boys tennis kicked off Foothill League play on Thursday with three matches around the Santa Clarita Valley.
There will be a No. 6 painted on the baseball field at West ranch High School today.
If the Saugus Centurions are going to compete for a Foothill League title in 2014, its pitching will be the team's backbone.
Canyon girls basketball new head coach Jessica Haayer understands how special the last five years were for the Cowboys under previous coach Chuck Johns.
If Wednesday's Foothill League opener between the West Ranch and Valencia baseball teams is any indication of how the rest of the season will play out, then it should be a good one.
Hart High's trend of playing tight ball games and relying on pitching looks like it might be carrying over from last season.
It was just 2011 when every Foothill League girls basketball coach was a male.
Last year showed that when the Foothill League is so tight, anything can happen.
Who knows why the doctor said it?
With 71 straight Foothill League wins and eight straight Foothill League titles, it would be hard to pick against the Valencia boys tennis team when predicting this year's champion.
Every time Harrison Collins steps onto the tennis court, his mind kicks into overdrive.
The Hart girls soccer team was building up to this type of season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Patrick Maroon scored the go-ahead goal, Frederik Andersen made 37 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 Saturday night for their third straight win in the Freeway Faceoff rivalry.