For some people, fear drives them to excel.
For Canyon junior goalkeeper Alex Krall, it is a healthy fear and one that is self-imposed.
The 2009 CIF-Southern Section basketball playoff brackets were released Sunday, leaving the Foothill League boys field of teams smiling across the board.
All six schools made it into the boys playoffs, while Saugus, Valencia and West Ranch will represent the league on the girls' side.
At last, Golden Valley has won a Foothill League championship.
The state budget crunch may mean individual schools have to pay for substitute teachers when coaches travel with their teams, missing a day of school, according to some reports Friday.
West Ranch closed the third quarter on a 7-0 run and fended off Golden Valley 50-38 Thursday on senior day.
The Wildcats also clinched third place in the Foothill League, guaranteeing them a spot in the CIF-Southern Section postseason for the first time ever.
Just how costly was the residency falsification that cost the Canyon girls basketball team 10 wins, two players and its head coach?
The final answer came Thursday.
One way or another, Foothill League boys soccer history was going to be made Thursday afternoon at West Ranch High.
As Golden Valley took on West Ranch on the last day of the regular season, the two teams were battling for the final playoff berth from the Foothill League with the winning team advancing to the postseason for the first time in either school's brief history.
Saugus girls basketball needed a little help to earn its second outright Foothill League title in school history, but the Centurions' 50-36 home victory over Hart coupled with Canyon's one-point win against Valencia completed the team's regular season goal.
This also makes it back-to-back titles, as Saugus shared it last season with Hart.
In one year, Golden Valley has gone from winless to peerless.
The Grizzlies outscored West Ranch 30-7 in the third quarter and emphatically wrapped up an outright Foothill League title with an 84-66 victory Thursday evening at West Ranch High School.
An eerie silence fell over Paul A. Priesz field.
After 80 minutes, loud chants, and intense play, Valencia and Canyon left the field with a 0-0 draw and a co-Foothill League girls soccer title.
Hart boys basketball locked up second place in the Foothill League with a 74-55 win at Saugus Thursday.
Brad Wyche and Ben Kimble combined for 43 points to lead the Indians (19-8, 8-2) to the victory.
Valencia boys basketball locked up the third spot in the Foothill League standings Thursday night at Canyon High, defeating the Cowboys 73-49 in the regular season finale.
"Our offense came from our defense," said Vikings head coach Rocket Collins.
As West Ranch senior Hakeem Bradley explodes for a thunderous dunk over an unfortunate bystander, the crowd explodes, too.
We used a headline for our Foothill League girls soccer preview that read: "Last team standing."
Snowboarder Marisa Watkins of Valencia won two medals at the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Boise, Idaho this week, including a gold.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds during three thunderous quarters by the Los Angeles Clippers, who routed the Lakers again 142-94 Thursday night to extend their winning streak to a season-best six games.
It took two overtime periods for the seventh-seeded The Master's College men's basketball team to take down second-seeded Arizona Christian 80-77 in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday.
Trinity Classical Academy boys basketball and Desert Chapel of Palm Springs are both very direct in what they have to do on Saturday to become the next CIF-Southern Section Division VI champion.
Even with the magnitude of its upcoming game, Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball can't consider this a David vs. Goliath situation.
A year after being bounced early in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, the Master's College made sure everyone knew they had moved on and that this was a different season.
The Hart High girls soccer team advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division II championship with Tuesday's 1-0 victory over West Torrance, and now they know where and when that title game will be.
It was bound to be a night of firsts for the Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer team regardless of the outcome.
Jenny Chavez may have missed the past eight games due to a serious ankle sprain, but it only took her one game back to etch herself into Hart girls soccer lore.
ANAHEIM - Don't expect the Canyon boys basketball team to say they were just happy to be here.
Recently dismissed Saugus boys head basketball coach Derek Ballard said his coaching days aren't over.
The Hart High boys soccer team advanced to the CIF quarterfinals only twice since 1983.
The Hart girls soccer team finds itself one win away from its first CIF-Southern Section championship appearance since 1999.
It's a perfect contrast.
The Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer team beat Tarbut V'Torah 4-0 on Saturday night in a CIF-Southern Section Division VII quarterfinal game at College of the Canyons.
Hart girls soccer had yet to advance to penalty kicks this season.