A year ago, University of Minnesota defensive back and Valencia High School graduate Brock Vereen was spending Christmas with his family.
This is part two of our two-part series highlighting some of the year's best moments in Santa Clarita Valley sports through photos.
From remarkable individual performances to fantastic team accomplishments, 2012 featured it all.
The United States Air Force Academy runs its football program a little differently than many other college teams.
When Dina McBride stepped on the court at the United State Tennis Association 40s Hard Court National Championships earlier this month, it was hard to imagine she had suffered a gruesome injury in the same tournament just a year before.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Kobe Bryant had 34 points and 10 rebounds, Steve Nash finished with 12 points and nine assists in his first game in almost two months, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Golden State Warriors 118-115 in overtime on Saturday night.
DETROIT (AP) - Matt Ryan got what he wanted, helping the Atlanta Falcons win a game they needed to earn home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Paul had 24 points and 13 assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers, for decades synonymous with long losing streaks, break a 38-year-old franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory Friday night, 97-85 over the Sacramento Kings.
College football's postseason, also known as bowl season, has already begun.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Matt Barnes scored 21 points, Blake Griffin had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the cold-shooting Milwaukee Bucks 111-85 on Saturday night for their ninth consecutive victory.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Holiday Tour will stop at Westfield Valencia Town Center today.
WASHINGTON (AP) - All smiles after an all-too-rare victory, Kobe Bryant got a locker-room visit from Attorney General Eric Holder, who wanted to know how the Los Angeles Lakers' point-guard-by-default was holding up.
NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 22 of his 30 points in the first quarter, and the New York Knicks held on after he departed with a sprained left ankle to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 116-107 on Thursday night in coach Mike D'Antoni's return to Madison Square Garden.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Chris Paul isn't sure when the Los Angeles Clippers will lose again.
CLEVELAND (AP) - There had to be a low point. The Los Angeles Lakers can only hope they've reached it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 24 points while picking up his 16th technical, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Denver Nuggets 117-105 on Tuesday night for their franchise-record 57th victory of the season.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Pinch-hitter John Jaso came through with a two-run homer off closer Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Nick Young scored a season-high 41 points and helped the Los Angeles Lakers snap a seven-game losing streak with a 119-104 victory against the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a rough start to the season, Mike Conley was thinking of winning some games, not making the playoffs.
PHOENIX (AP) - Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-6 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Bubba Watson's second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.
PHOENIX (AP) - Adrian Gonzalez must love it when he sees the word "Arizona" on the opposing uniform.
PHOENIX (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers made a big splash in their return to Chase Field.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist and Martin Jones made just 17 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Los Angeles Kings snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Patrick Maroon scored two goals, John Gibson made 36 saves in his second NHL start, and the Anaheim Ducks clinched their second straight Pacific Division title with a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Terrence Jones and James Harden scored 33 points apiece, and the Houston Rockets kept up their playoff push with their third straight victory, 145-130 over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
SEATTLE (AP) - Corey Hart hit a three-run homer and a solo shot, sending the Seattle Mariners to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in their home opener Tuesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carl Crawford hit an RBI double in the 10th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - John Gibson made 18 saves to record a shutout in his NHL debut and the Anaheim Ducks eliminated the Vancouver Canucks from playoff contention with a 3-0 victory Monday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Matt Kemp hit his first two home runs at Dodger Stadium since late in 2012 and Hanley Ramirez slugged his first two homers this season, helping Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 Sunday night to avoid a three-game sweep.