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.
Saugus laid its claim to first place of the Foothill League with a dominating 15-3 win at home over West Ranch Wednesday.
With Foothill League play officially underway, Valencia swimming showed why this season may bring with it a changing of the guard.
Even if no one can quite explain how it happened, no one on the West Ranch girls soccer team is going to complain about the Wildcats' first postseason victory in program history.
Here's a dare.
Culver City boys soccer kept coming for Saugus on Tuesday, and in the end, the Ocean League's third-place team passed the Centurions.
Oddly enough, it was a goal against that finally sparked West Ranch boys soccer on Tuesday.
With Monday afternoon's revealing of the CIF-Southern Section soccer playoffs, the winter playoff slate is set.
The CIF-Southern Section released the boys and girls prep basketball playoff draws on Sunday afternoon, and plenty of Santa Clarita Valley teams are scattered across various postseason brackets.
Year in and year out, Foothill League boys basketball is a gauntlet.
The West Ranch girls soccer team knew it had a problem.
At least 24 schools are already committed to participate in Canyon High School's Santa Clarita Valley Track Invitational.
Dean Hendrix-Davis, just 16 years old, was pinned between the car seats of his Ford Explorer.
The best team that not enough people know about in the Santa Clarita Valley just went and won a Heritage League championship.
A full gym, a dramatic finish and fans rushing the court at the final buzzer aren't things you might expect in the Foothill League finale for two teams that won't make the playoffs.
The program that lost the two best players in the Foothill League in 2013 to graduation and the one that lost its first two league games in 2014 has now won something that begins with a two - second place.
The Valencia Vikings boys soccer team secured second place in the Foothill League by beating West Ranch for the fourth straight time on Thursday at Valencia High.
All that stood between Hart Indians boys basketball and the Foothill League's first undefeated run since Valentine's Day, 1997, were the Canyon Cowboys and 23 seconds.