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.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves, Nick Foligno scored twice in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets also got goals from Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger in a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
DENVER (AP) - Randy Foye hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, and the Denver Nuggets overcame a 36-point performance by Blake Griffin to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 116-115 on Monday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Peyton Manning made his fifth MVP award a family affair.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jamal Crawford scored 27 points off the bench, Blake Griffin had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the third quarter to beat the Utah Jazz102-87 Saturday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Al Jefferson tied a career high with 40 points, 16 of them in the fourth quarter, and grabbed 18 rebounds to help the Charlotte Bobcats send the floundering Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth straight defeat with a 110-100 victory Friday night.
Valencia High graduate Max Homa earned a sponsor's exemption and will golf in the PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open, the tournament announced on Friday.
OAKLAND (AP) - David Lee had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 boards and the Golden State Warriors whipped the Los Angeles Clippers 111-92 Thursday night.
SAN JOSE (AP) - Anze Kopitar broke a long scoreless drought for Los Angeles and Jonathan Quick earned his third shutout of the season to help the Kings snap a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Blake Griffin dominated the paint with 20 points, Jamal Crawford scored 25 and the Los Angeles Clippers ended their seven-game road trip with a 114-86 win Monday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival's injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in Sunday's final.
NEW YORK (AP) - No 62-point game for Carmelo Anthony on Sunday. He didn't even match his first-half total from Friday night.
TORONTO (AP) - Jamal Crawford wondered whether he might produce another 50-point game. In the end, Terrence Ross got one instead.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Corey Perry and Matt Beleskey scored first-period goals, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night in the NHL's first warm-weather outdoor game.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Orlando coach Jacque Vaughn has been waiting for his team to put together a full game. The Magic did just that against a tired Lakers squad.
CHICAGO (AP) - When the Los Angeles Clippers lost All-Star Chris Paul to a separated shoulder, they turned to Blake Griffin for leadership.