Kris Rincon faced the realization that so many big-time high school athletes face once they reach college.
There are other big-time athletes and even more bigger-time athletes.
College of the Canyons women's basketball parlayed its defense into offense and won 109-42 Saturday at home against Los Angeles Valley College.
Los Angeles Valley College held off College of the Canyons in a back and forth battle 87-76 on the Cougars home court Saturday.
Athletics are great for teaching life lessons.
But perhaps the best lessons come when athletics are taken away.
On a night when the chant of "Defense!" echoed through Bross gym during every San Diego Christian possession, it was fitting that a pair of steals helped key a 60-58 for The Master's College mens basketball team.
But aggressiveness on offense helped, too. Thomas Millar hit the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left when the Mustangs pushed the ball up the court after a made 3-pointer.
The Master's College womens basketball team emphatically got back in the win column on Saturday night at Bross Gym, beating San Diego Christian College 76-41 and breaking its five-game losing streak.
The Mustangs (11-11, 6-7) did not allow the Hawks (4-17, 1-12) a basket for nearly 10 minutes, scoring 25 unanswered points at the end of the first half and into the second half.
Down the stretch they come.
College of the Canyons women's basketball remained perfect in Western State Conference play Wednesday night with a 91-30 win over Bakersfield College at home.
The Bakersfield College men's basketball team tries to lure opponents into its up-and-down game.
The transition from high school to college can be difficult for anyone.
Cody Anderson was no different.
The Master's College men's basketball team staged a late charge and had its chances to grab a victory after trailing most of the game Friday night, but the Mustangs came up short against Vanguard at home.
The Lions led by as many as 15 points in the second half, and hung on for a 60-59 win.
The Master's College womens basketball team had NAIA No. 2 Vanguard on the ropes.
Up one point with just over a minute and a half left in the game, the Mustangs (10-10, 5-6) were unable to close it out on Saturday night at Bross Gymnasium, falling to the Lions (18-2, 11-0) 70-65.
Local talent figures to be the key in the College of the Canyons baseball team's quest to reach the 30-win plateau for a second straight season in 2009.
For the second consecutive year, CD Chivas USA of Major League Soccer is coming to Santa Clarita to play an exhibition benefit for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation.
The week after Hart High graduate Megan Ford was named Wilson California Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Basketball Player of the Week at Cal Poly Pomona, she tore her ACL.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - If the UCLA Bruins were looking for a team on which to take out their aggression after losing their first game of the season last week, they found it.
The Master's College women's basketball head coach Dan Waldeck isn't shy about his team's lofty goals this season.
It's put up or shut up for The Master's College Mustangs men's basketball team this season.
Last week, the Lady Mustangs volleyball team posted an impressive postseason run at the NAIA Volleyball National Championship tournament, while men's and women's basketball raised their season records with road victories.
CARY, N.C. (AP) - Kodi Lavrusky gave UCLA its first NCAA women's soccer title Sunday, scoring in the 97th minute to lift the Bruins past Florida State 1-0 in overtime in cold and rainy conditions.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - UCLA appeared on its way toward another victory before the Bruins' prolific offense dried up.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Jabari Brown scored 22 points and Jordan Clarkson added 21 to help Missouri upset No. 18 UCLA 80-71 on Saturday.