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2013-14 Program of the Year: Hart High School

Posted: July 16, 2014 10:38 p.m.
Updated: July 16, 2014 10:38 p.m.

The Hart football team celebrates winning the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship.

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The Saugus athletics program has finally been dethroned.

After winning five straight Signal Program of the Year titles, the Centurions fell to third for the 2013-14 season behind new champion Hart and second place finisher Valencia.

The Signal’s scoring system for this year’s edition was tweaked slightly from last year’s formula, with state championships worth 30 points, CIF titles worth 20 points.

League titles are still worth 10 points and three points were also given for a second place finish in league play.

Hart was boosted by a 50-point bonus for most league titles of any school.

The Indians took first place with 261 points while Valencia came in second with 168. Saugus finished with 157, West Ranch had 96, Canyon had 63 and Golden Valley had 30.

Hart’s highest point earner was its football team, which earned 44 points thanks to its deep playoff run and CIF-Southern Section Northern Division title. That was followed by the girls soccer team, which racked up 34 points, and the girls tennis team brought in 24.

Cole Cogswell and the boys swim team also added 23 points thanks to a second place league finish and CIF titles in the 100-yard freestyle and the 400 freestyle relay worth another 20.

The Indians also made big gains in the winter sports, where they won league titles in boys basketball, and both boys and girls soccer.

Valencia’s girls swim team led the way for the Vikings, scoring 30 points behind Nikol Popov’s two CIF titles and a league title.

The football team brought in another 29 points thanks to a league title and making the section finals, worth another 10 points.

The Vikings won at least one league title in every season, the best being the spring when they took home league titles in boys and girls swim and boys volleyball.

As for the former champs, Saugus was led once again by its cross country program.

The boys team provided nearly half of the Centurions point total, scoring a whopping high 73 points. That was the highest point total of any team in the Foothill League. The boys and girls cross country programs combined to score 99 of Saugus’ 157 points.

By winning Foothill League, CIF and state titles, the boys cross country program was the most successful of any team this year.

Saugus also got a good points boost from swimmer Abbey Weitzeil and her two CIF titles.

The only other sport to score in double digits for Saugus was its softball team, which finished with 13 after splitting the Foothill League title with West Ranch.

The Wildcats were led in scoring by its boys tennis program with 18 points after winning their first Foothill League title.

The softball team added 15 points and CIF shot put champ Nathan Bultman added 10 points.

Canyon’s girls basketball team led the way with 20 points after winning league and making a nice playoff run.

The boys basketball team also made a nice run to the semifinals, racking up 12 points.

The Cowboys other league champion was its boys track and field team.

Golden Valley also had two league championships in girls golf and girls track and field.

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