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.
The headliner for Saugus softball all season has been in the pitcher's circle.
The Santa Clarita Valley has a pretty good track record at the CIF-Southern Section track and field finals – forgive the pun.
Just when it appeared the ghosts of the Valencia's postseason past were looming over Valencia High on Friday, the fears of the Viking faithful were abruptly put to rest.
The end of the era could have been at the plate with Nick Valaika up in the bottom of the seventh inning and his Hart Indians down six runs to Orange Lutheran in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs on Friday.
Valencia High School could only hold off construction of its new turf field for so long.
The Santa Clarita Christian baseball team has to be wondering when it will get a real test this season.
We've sort of neglected the play of Saugus' Braden and Aden combo because of two other great Foothill League stories this year - Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang's ascension to the top of the Foothill League and Hart's displacing six-time champion West Ranch as league champion.
West Ranch didn't expect to see its season end so early.
With all of the Santa Clarita Valley boys tennis teams eliminated from the postseason, it's time to turn our attention to the CIF-Southern Section individual sectionals.
Albert Einstein Academy baseball made sure its first playoff win in school history was a memorable one.
MISSION HILLS - If Foothill League play for Saugus could be broken down into a seven-inning game, it would be a quick start, a lead in the middle and finally close but not enough.
There were the standard handshakes and hugs among players and coaches that normally follow a season-ending loss.
Before anyone at The Signal ever saw Saugus' Abbey Weitzeil swim, we knew she was fast.
There's no way around it, the Saugus Centurions softball team that took the field Tuesday resembled little from the co-Foothill League champions that rolled through most of the regular season.
The Trinity Classical Academy softball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday with its 19-13 loss to visiting Hawthorne Math and Science Academy at Trinity.