The level of the competition. The roar of the crowd. The enormity of the moment.
As the CIF-Southern Section Divisional track and field championships wound down, the Division II girls team race looked like a done deal.
Just walk into Valencia High's gymnasium and take a look around.
West Ranch baseball erupted in the first inning and rode the arm of Trevor Fredrickson to a decisive win and the first playoff victory in the school's history Friday, scoring a 6-2 decision over El Dorado at home.
Valencia boys volleyball has grown accustomed to playing in the late rounds of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.
In a game where offensive firepower was on full display, the shortest hit of the day made the biggest difference.
It was obvious that Saugus had its work cut out for it against the state's No. 1 team Mater Dei in Santa Ana Friday.
It was a rough day at the CIF-Southern Section Individual Prelims in Carpenteria Friday for the Foothill League boys tennis participants.
The Santa Clarita Christian softball team had two bad innings and fell 12-2 on the road to Grace Brethren Thursday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division VI playoffs.
The Valencia softball team has won nine straight Foothill League titles and back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Division I championships.
It took 17 outs for Hart softball to end a scoreless tie, but once catcher Jessica Shults swung her bat and connected, there was no doubt that the Indians had broken through.
Saugus softball lost 5-0 to Thousand Oaks in Thousand Oaks Thursday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.
He can tell you a story about every photograph posted on the walls of classroom M-2.
Last fall, Collin Keoshian helped lead the Santa Clarita Christian football team to undiscovered country as the school won its first CIF championship.
The Canyon softball team hadn't been to the CIF-Southern Section playoffs since 2002.
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The team playoffs have not been kind to the Foothill League lately.
As expected, four Foothill League teams made the CIF-Southern Section Division I baseball playoffs.
On paper, Tuesday looked like a rough day for Foothill League boys volleyball teams.
Freshmen aren't supposed to be dominant.
Everything seems to go right for Canyon and Golden Valley track and field this year.
It's hard to imagine there being much left to prove at the high school level for Saugus junior swimmer Abbey Weitzeil.
Any path through CIF-Southern Section Division I is going to be difficult, and that's the case for the four Foothill League teams that made it into the postseason.
Welcome to stage one of the high school track and field postseason.
This is uncharted waters for Santa Clarita Christian.
In just a 10-minute stretch of the West Ranch boys tennis team's match against Santa Monica High, the Wildcats lost the momentum they had been building in this playoff run.
An up-and-down season for the Valencia Vikings boys tennis team finished with an up-and-down day.
With the history of the Santa Clarita Valley's last softball dynasty hanging from the scoreboard behind them, the West Ranch Wildcats put an exclamation point on their third straight Foothill League title on Thursday at Valencia High School.
Heading into the last game of the regular season, the Valencia Vikings needed two things to happen to become co-Foothill League champions: take care of business against Golden Valley, and a Hart loss to Saugus.
Two of the Foothill League's best pitchers faced off at Saugus High on Thursday, but the game didn't play out like a pitchers' duel.