Golden Valley looked impressive in the pre-league season, but the Grizzlies still had to hear about how they hadn't won a league game in almost two years.
If Tuesday night was any indication, we are in for an exciting 2009 Foothill League girls basketball season.
Saugus shocked Valencia at Valencia High 55-53 in a 32-minute battle of wills.
The Canyon boys soccer team had a sack full of motivation coming into its league opener at West Ranch High.
In typical fashion, Cowboys head coach Khris Savage took every opportunity to use it.
There's an imaginary geographical line that separates part of the Santa Clarita Valley.
That line indicates whether one plays basketball for Saugus or Valencia high schools. It's a very thin marker, considering the rivalry these two teams fought down to the wire last season, with the Vikings grabbing the league crown by just one game.
The Valencia girls soccer team opened Foothill League play with an emphatic statement Tuesday, storming into Saugus and scoring four goals before the first half was even 20 minutes old.
The Vikings ended up with a 4-2 victory.
With only 10 league games, you must defend your home court.
That was the point made by West Ranch Tuesday in its Foothill League-opening 61-49 victory against Canyon at West Ranch High.
At this time last year, the Golden Valley boys soccer team began to dig itself a hole.
Chances are the Grizzlies are much happier with this season's start.
The explanation as to why he loves the game is hard to come by.
Simply, Trevor Wiseman just likes to hear the ripping sound as a basketball travels through a net.
For years, Foothill League boys basketball has had a definitive upper tier.
But the talent seems to be spread across the league this season, and because of the parity, 2009 could be a different from the past.
The road to a Foothill League championship in girls basketball has gone through Newhall Avenue.
Hart High has won seven straight titles, including a share of the crown last year with Saugus.
Hart High head basketball coach Zach Koebel goes one-on-one with a select few of his players at practice.
Megan Ford, now a center at Cal Poly Pomona, was one of his favorites last year in his first season leading the Indians.
Talk to any coach and they will tell you the same thing.
Whoever finishes as the league champions will have been the last team standing.
As Erin Ortega goes, so does Saugus.
If you don't recognize Foothill League boys soccer this season, you're not alone.
In soccer, defense is a thankless position. There's no goal-scoring glitz like there is for strikers. Defenders aren't the fulcrum of the entire team like the midfield. If you make a mistake, it's amplified. But if you do your job, it's often underappreciated.
Head out to any local high school this summer and there's a good chance you'll see football players lifting in the weight room.
With the start of Valencia's first wrestling season coming up in November, head coach Brian Peterson and assistant coach Felicia Oh are hard at work with all the typical chores that go along with getting a startup program off the ground.
This summer edition of On the Beat is strictly on the summer's sport - baseball.
LAKE BALBOA - It's July. But come next spring, the Foothill League's going to have a lot of problems with Saugus.
HOLLYWOOD - No big surprises here.
The last time the Saugus and Hart baseball teams met was when the Indians clinched their first Foothill League title since 2008 in the 2014 regular-season finale.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions, even as many teams already comply with the rules.
Valencia High has built a reputation as one of Southern California's top high school programs.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Logan Morrison hit a go-ahead RBI double during Seattle's two-run 12th inning, and the Mariners hung on to beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Saturday night.
Both the West Ranch and Valencia baseball teams chose not to participate in the Valley Invitational Baseball League this summer.
Just a couple of months removed from its Foothill League championship baseball season, Hart is well on its way to replacing, adding and bolstering its talented roster.
It may only be mid-July but Saturday's Valley Invitational Baseball League quarterfinals had all the makings of a Foothill League regular season matchup.
Mark Crawford doesn't want to be labeled "the athletic principal" at West Ranch High School, but his background speaks for itself when it comes to his love of sports.
The accolades keep rolling in for the nation's fastest high school swimmer.
The Saugus athletics program has finally been dethroned.