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Hart Year in Review: Battling the bar

Posted: June 23, 2009 10:34 p.m.
Updated: June 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart's Anne Susdorf hits a return during the Foothill League finals on November 6 at Paseo Club. Susdorf went undefeated against league opposition to win the singles title and fell in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Individual Tennis Championships.

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Hart High School has a rich tradition in athletics, and that tradition has set the bar high for its teams year in and year out.

The football and baseball teams made their annual trips to the playoffs this year, although reaching the postseason proved to be more difficult than in the past.

The football team didn’t reach the CIF-Southern Section quarterfinals for the first time under head coach Mike Herrington, and the baseball team had its share of struggles a year after winning the league.

It was easier for the Indians’ swimming programs, as both the boys and girls teams claimed Foothill League titles.

The girls even finished second at the CIF-Southern Section Division I finals, with an individual title by Jordan Danny in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The softball team experienced similar success thanks to a core of nine seniors, a group highlighted by Jessica Shults, who was named Foothill League co-Player of the Year and All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year, catching for pitching phenom Destiny Rodino.

The team won a co-league championship and advanced to the CIF-SS Div. I semifinals.

The boys basketball team shined in the winter, taking second place in the Foothill League and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Div. IIIAA playoffs.

Not to be outdone, the girls tennis team also had a strong season led by All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year Anne Susdorf, who did not lose a set in Foothill League play.

The girls golf team also went undefeated in Foothill League matches and won the Newhall Cup.

All things considered, what may have been a down year by Hart’s standards would be looked on by many other schools as a resounding success.


Sept. 11
Anne Susdorf drops just one game and sweeps all three of her sets in leading the girls tennis team past Ventura 88-71 on games after tying 9-9.

Sept. 12
The Indians football team loses its season opener to Palmdale 29-6 thanks to 23 unanswered points by the Falcons. Hart quarterback Spenser Souza only throws for only 71 yards with two interceptions.

Sept. 16
The Hart girls golf team shoots a collective round of 179 to cruise past Chaminade, which shoots 260. Brenna Carlson leads the Indians with a low round of 32.

Sept. 18
Anne Susdorf remains undefeated by winning her 15th straight set to key a win by the Hart tennis team, which tops Buena on games 81-65.

The girls volleyball team drops its season opener to Glendora 3-1 despite eight kills from Jennie Long.

Sept. 19
The Hart football team’s defense keeps Righetti off the scoreboard in a 16-0 win. Neither team tallies a point in the first quarter, but Hart breaks through with a 23-yard field goal from CJ Reyes with five minutes left in the third quarter. Running back Jake Stephens scores the first touchdown of the game when quarterback Spenser Souza hits him for a 7-yard strike.

Sept. 23
The girls tennis team beats Canyon 12-6 to win its Foothill League opener behind Anne Susdorf, who wins her three sets 6-1, 6-0, 6-0. The doubles team of Stacy Waung and Jessica Martinez also sweep their sets.

Sept. 26
Hart quarterback Spenser Souza racks up 172 yards passing and a pair of scores, but Westlake backup quarterback Nick Isham hangs a 42-20 loss on the Indians football team by accounting for more than 200 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.

Oct. 1
The Hart girls golf team sets a Foothill League record by posting a round of 173 in beating West Ranch, which shot 188, and Valencia, which shot 225. Kendall Dusenberry and Amanda Corr both shot 32s to lead the Indians.

Oct. 3
The Indians football team gets a strong performance from both its defense and quarterback Spenser Souza in a 14-7 win over Claremont. Souza throws for 194 yards and rushes for 93.

Oct. 7
Kendall Dusenberry shoots a 34 to lead the Hart girls golf team, which posts a team score of 194 to win a Foothill League match. The Indians pull within one win of clinching at least a share of the league title.

Oct. 11
Loyola runs out to a 52-0 lead as the Hart football team falls 52-14 in its final non-league game. Loyola tailback Anthony Barr dominates the Indians’ defense.

Oct. 14
Amanda Corr shoots a league-record round of 29 as the Hart girls golf team shoots a round of 176 to defeat Saugus, which posts a score of 207, and West Ranch, which posts a round of 210. The win is the Indians’ 20th in a row, and their score sets a course record for Vista Valencia.

Oct. 17
The Hart football team struggles in its league opener, losing to Saugus for the first time in 16 years by a score of 55-20. Quarterback Spenser Souza passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

Oct. 24
The Hart football team picks up its first Foothill League win, edging Canyon 29-27 by thwarting the Cowboys’ final drive by recovering a fumble with less than a minute left. Quarterback Spenser Souza finished the game with 214 passing yards and two touchdowns in the air and one on the ground.

Oct. 27
Kendall Dusenberry and Amanda Corr each shoot rounds of 39 to lead the Hart girls golf team to victory in the final Foothill League match of the year. The Indians post a team score of 206, which is 29 strokes better than second-place Saugus’ 235. Hart finishes the season with a perfect mark.

Oct. 30
The Hart girls tennis team finishes in third place in the Foothill League after falling to West Ranch 11-7. Anne Susdorf completes a perfect Foothill League campaign with her 30th straight win against league competition.

Amanda Corr shoots a 123 to win the Foothill League girls golf individual prelims in a three-hole playoff against teammate Brenna Carlson, who also shoots a 123. Hart’s Kendall Dusenberry and Nikki Prichard each finish one shot off the lead at 124.

Oct. 31
The Hart football team has no answer for Valencia running back Jordan Thompson in a 38-7 loss to the Vikings. Thompson scores four touchdowns, while Hart’s lone score comes on a touchdown pass by quarterback Spenser Souza to receiver Nate Allmond.

Nov. 3
Amanda Corr shoots a 76 at the CIF-Southern Section Playoffs, the lowest score of any local golfer at the event. Teammate Nikki Prichard shoots a 77, while Kendall Dusenberry shoots a 78.

Nov. 6
Anne Susdorf wins the girls tennis Foothill League championship by defeating West Ranch’s Ana Lucia Fuentes 6-4, 6-4, maintaining her perfect mark in 2008 against Foothill League competition.

Golfers Amanda Corr and Nikki Prichard both qualify for CIF Regionals with rounds of 74 at the CIF-Southern Section Finals. The duo finishes tied for 10th place at Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Pomona.

Nov. 7
The Hart football team keeps its playoff hopes alive with an 18-13 win over West Ranch. Two fourth-down touchdown passes from quarterback Spenser Souza to receiver Blake Borland spark the win as Borland hauls in seven balls for 88 yards.

Nov. 10
Amanda Corr shoots the low round of the day, a 76, to lead Hart to the CIF-Southern Section Northern Team Divisional championship. The Indians post a 410 as a team, 16 shots in front of second-place Dos Pueblos.

Nov. 13
The Hart girls golf team’s season comes to an end after shooting a 443 at the CIF-Southern Section Team Final.

Nov. 14
The Hart football team clinches the final Foothill League playoff spot in dominating fashion with a 47-0 win over Golden Valley. Running back Demitri Diamond scores three times to lead the Indians, including a kick return for a touchdown.

Nov, 17
The Hart girls golf team is eliminated at the CIF State Finals despite a round of 74 from Amanda Corr. Nikki Prichard finishes with an 82.

Nov. 21
The Indians’ season comes to an end in football after losing to Atascadero 34-21 in the first round of the  CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. It is the first time in head coach Mike Herrington’s career that Hart doesn’t reach the CIF-SS Northern Division quarterfinals, and the Indians finish 5-6 to record their first losing season since 1978.

Nov. 22
Anne Susdorf suffers her first loss of the season and is eliminated in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Individual Tennis Championships after falling to Lakewood’s Stacy Tan 6-1, 6-1.

Dec. 6
Amanda Corona scores 13 points and Briana Fitchpatrick adds eight as the Hart girls basketball team defeats Westlake 60-43 for its first win of the season.

Dec. 22
The Indians’ boys basketball team hands Golden Valley its first loss of the season in a 63-60 win at the San Fernando Valley Invitational.

Jan. 13
The Hart boys basketball team squanders a third-quarter lead in the Foothill League opener and falls to Golden Valley 63-55. Ben Kimble leads the Indians with 16 points, but they only shoot 29 percent from the field.

Jan. 16
The Hart boys basketball team rallies in the fourth quarter to beat Valencia 75-70 and win its first Foothill League game. Ben Kimble puts in the go-ahead bucket when Parker Dominguez finds him underneath the hoop.

The Hart girls basketball team falls to 0-18 after having to forfeit all of its victories in the 2008-09 season due to a residency controversy involving senior guard Amanda Corona. The Indians fall to Valencia 66-53 despite 19 points from Briana Fitchpatrick.

Jan. 20
Neither Hart nor Canyon can find the net in a 0-0 tie in girls soccer. The Indians’ best chance comes in the 78th minute when Katie Trevino gets a breakaway shot, but Canyon keeper Alex Krall makes the save.

Jan. 27
The Hart boys soccer team picks up its first Foothill League win of the season with a 2-0 upset of Saugus. Sammy Reyes scores the Indians’ first goal in the first half and Armand Simian doubles the lead in the second half.

Jan. 30
Hart ends Golden Valley’s perfect run in Foothill League boys basketball play by rallying to a 67-63 victory. Patrick Abbott misses his first 19 shots, but hits his 20th to clinch the win.

Feb. 10
Briana Fitchpatrick hits a runner at the buzzer as the Hart girls basketball team beats West Ranch 54-52. Fitchpatrick finishes with a game-high 19 points.

Feb. 12
The Indians boys basketball team locks up second place in the Foothill League with a 74-55 win over Saugus. Brad Wyche and Ben Kimble combine for 43 points.

Feb. 17
El Dorado ends the Hart girls soccer team’s season in a 1-0 shootout win in a CIF-Southern Section Division II wild-card game. Muddy field conditions limit both teams on the offensive end.

Feb. 24
The Hart boys basketball team is eliminated in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIIAA quarterfinals with a 70-47 loss to Canyon of Anaheim. Brad Wyche scores 12 points to lead the Indians.

March 14
The Hart softball team blanks Agoura 3-0 thanks to a strong pitching performance from Destiny Rodino, who is named co-Most Valuable Player of the Hart Classic Softball Tournament along with catcher Jessica Shults.

March 20
The Hart baseball team falls to West Ranch 8-0 in the Foothill League opener, the first loss to the Wildcats in the history of the Hart program.

March 25
Hart pitcher Trevor Brown comes within an out of throwing a no-hitter as the Indians baseball team beats Golden Valley 5-0. Spenser Souza launches a three-run homer to key the Indian offense.

April 2
Garrett Russikoff wins all three of his sets as the Hart boys tennis team sweeps the singles sets and defeats Golden Valley 17-1.

April 14
Hart pitcher Destiny Rodino outduels West Ranch’s Shayna Medoff in a 5-2 win for the Indians to open the Foothill League slate. Hart builds a four-run lead in the first inning and leads the rest of the way.

The Hart boys volleyball team downs West Ranch 3-2 and is led by Andrew Uberstine, who has 14 kills and five blocks.

April 29
The Hart girls swimming team wins the Foothill League crown by routing Saugus 130-40. Maggie Hanson sets a school record in the 200 freestyle, posting a time of 1 minute, 54.07 seconds, nearly a second faster than the previous low time.

The Hart boys swimming team handles Saugus 135-35 to clinch the Foothill League title. Alex Ngan wins the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:04.04, while Nick Korth wins the 100 breaststroke in 57.59 seconds.

Hart golfer Tanner Diaz earns a spot in the postseason, but Hart finishes third in the Foothill League after shooting a collective round of 406. West Ranch wins the league title by shooting a 380.

May 5
Hart swimmer Maggie Hanson sets a Foothill League record with a time of 1 minute, 54.94 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle at the league prelims.

Hart swimmer Nick Korth sets a league record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a 57.26 as the Hart boys swimming team qualifies for 22 spots in the finals.

May 7
Hart swimmers Chelsea Griffiths and Jordan Danny lead the way as the Indians claim their 27th Foothill League championship in girls swimming.

The Hart boys swimming team takes the league title thanks to a decisive victory by Nick Korth in the 100-yard breaststroke, which he swam in 57.36 seconds.

May 8
Hart high jumper Ted Glasnow wins the Foothill League title by clearing 6 feet, 2 inches at the league track and field championships.

May 13
The Hart boys volleyball team upends Hueneme 3-0 in the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs. Andrew Uberstine delivers 12 kills to lead the Indians.

May 14
The Hart softball team blanks Golden Valley 8-0 to clinch a share of the Foothill League title with Valencia.

May 15
Hart swimmer Jordan Danny wins the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minutes, 1.78 seconds as Hart finishes second at the CIF-Southern Section Division I Finals.

The Hart boys volleyball team bows out with a 3-0 loss to Westlake in the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs.

May 19
The Hart baseball team falls to Camarillo 7-6 in a CIF-Southern Section Division I wild-card game. Patrick Valaika delivers a two-run single for the Indians in the loss.

May 21
Hart pitcher Destiny Rodino tosses a one-hitter and Jessica Shults hits a solo home run as the Hart softball team beats Trabuco Hills 1-0 in its CIF-Southern Section Division I playoff opener.

May 23
Hart high jumper Ted Glasnow finishes sixth at the CIF-Southern Section Division II track and field championships by clearing 6 feet, 1 inch.

May 26
Hart pitcher Destiny Rodino shuts out Moorpark in a 1-0 Indians win in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

May 29
Hart’s Jessica Shults knocks in the only run and pitcher Destiny Rodino makes it stand up as the Indians defeat Esperanza 1-0 in the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs. Rodino runs her playoff scoreless streak to 21 innings.

June 2
The Hart softball team’s deep run in the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs comes to an end in a 2-0 loss to Norco. Pitcher Destiny Rodino surrenders her first runs of the postseason.

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