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One of the greatest prep athletes the Santa Clarita Valley has ever seen is graduating from high school. Saugus High senior Abbey Weitzeil, the fastest American junior swimmer in history in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, had two major challenges in front of her - college (She committed to the University of California-Berkeley in November.) and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Now she has one.
Longtime Valencia High tennis coach Annie Kellogg recalled a point during this girls tennis season when she took her team on a stroll down memory lane.
Of course we have to wait until the final game of the regular season to get resolution.
You won't find a cooler introduction to the SCV's top sports stars than this.
Last month, we focused on the girls. This month it's the boys. And what a year it was for the gents in Santa Clarita Valley prep sports.
My team and I were honored to serve as co-sponsor for the SCV Youth Project's Golf Classic.
When baseball season arrives, it's special every year for the Santa Clarita Valley. From youth baseball to professional baseball, the SCV has a reputation as being a significant player in the sport. So let's get you ready for the 2014 season. Here are eight topics for Santa Clarita Valley baseball. We focus on the high schools, but also give you a primer on college and the pros.
There will be an empty spot in the dugout at the softball field; a void near the 50-yard line.
In the last year, Golden Valley High School has hired new coaches in prominent sports - football, boys basketball, cross country, baseball and boys soccer. Going back three years, only a few coaches remain leading their programs from that time.
The Foothill League lost two of its best boys basketball players in the last decade (at least) to graduation in West Ranch guard and Foothill League Player of the Year Kevin Harris and league first-team center and fellow Wildcat Ako Kaluna.
Just eight years ago, Chuck Crim was standing inside the dugout at Canyon High School's baseball field guiding teenagers.
When one looks back on the 2012-13 high school sports season in the SCV, there are many things that stand out. There were the breakthrough athletes who made their first impression on the valley. There were the champions - expected and not expected. There were the records that fell, the streaks that ended and continued. There were also the goodbyes to the kids who ended stellar careers. And there's one team from Saugus High that keeps making statement after statement. Here's a capsule of the season that was.
The footsteps on fields across the Santa Clarita Valley are getting louder. Lacrosse is here and it's growing.
It was a bit of an upset. Coming on the heels of one of the worst reported violations committed by a program in the Santa Clarita valley in the last 10 years, Canyon girls basketball turned to an unknown coach from Indiana named Chuck Johns in 2009.
Every year, Foothill League boys basketball is one of the most competitive sports in the SCV. Over the last six seasons, every single school - with the exception of Saugus - has won a league championship. Sure, there are title favorites this year, West Ranch and Hart, but this is shaping up to again be a highly-competitive league. Here's the lowdown on the teams.
Is it the system, the partner or the personality? It's all of them. It's what makes College of the Canyons women's basketball coach Greg Herrick, now in his 21st season at the helm of the Cougars, one of the Santa Clarita Valley's most successful and significant coaches.
During the 1990s and into the early part of the 2000s, Hart football was the program that the Santa Clarita Valley was identified with. Between 1995 and 2003, the Indians won six CIF championships and had a series of superstars who went onto play at higher levels.
David Neville, originally of Indiana, has called Santa Clarita "home" for over five years - but his work representing our country has taken him well beyond SCV borders.
In the last decade, no high school sport in the Santa Clarita Valley has been more successful than cross country. It's been a valley-wide show of success, but no two teams have been the flag bearers of that success more than Saugus High girls cross country and Golden Valley High boys cross country.
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