Some teams have a reputation so strong that they don't need to make a statement.
Former teammates pitched against each other and families were divided Tuesday as Foothill League softball officially got underway.
Winning eight straight league titles means that every time Valencia softball steps onto the field, its opponent will be gunning to take down the champ.
Close makes Valencia golfer Max Homa sick.
Everybody agrees defense wins championships in softball. But what about having the ability to hit the ball so hard that the other team doesn't even have a chance to play any defense?
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.
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.
BURBANK - Last week, the Renaissance Academy Wildcats of Altadena ended the championship hopes of one Santa Clarita Valley high school.
INGLEWOOD - After Santa Clarita Christian's 63-48 loss to View Park at St. Mary's Academy on Saturday, fans and parents came up to Cardinals head coach James Mosley and thanked him for a great year.
The Trinity Classical Academy and Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball teams have their work cut out for them tonight in CIF State Division V Boys Basketball Tournament games.
The Valencia boys tennis team's one-two punch of Chad LeDuff and Joey Fernicola led the Vikings to another win, this time 14-4 over visiting Chaminade on Thursday.
Hanging around the Saugus High gym are banners showing the years each sport won a league championship, with varying levels of success.
Santa Clarita Christian assistant coach Garrick Moss approached the scorers table about five minutes before his team was set to take on Kern Valley in the first round of the CIF State Division V Boys Basketball Tournament.
The way the Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team sees it, every extra game they get to play is a bonus.