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Hart Year in Review: Something’s off

Posted: June 27, 2010 8:57 p.m.
Updated: June 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Indians ace Emili Escamilla was one of the key components for the softball team, which finished second in the Foothill League and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

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Maybe more than ever, Hart High School experienced something different in 2009-10.

Call it “struggle” or any other closely related word, there was something different about Hart athletics this past school year.

The two defining sports at the school — football and baseball — just weren’t the same.

Football sputtered out of the gate, then got hot, then exited the postseason early.

Baseball battled just to get into the postseason.

The boys basketball team, another perennial Foothill League title contender, finished without a victory in league play.

Girls basketball, another program steeped in tradition, had a down year.

The reason, some people inside Hart High School will tell you, is that enrollment is down at the school.

Maybe more than any other athletic program, Hart has been affected by the spread of talent across the valley, which began when West Ranch and Golden Valley opened in 2004.

Yet there are still teams that thrive at Hart — namely the swim teams, softball, volleyball teams on the rise and a girls golf team that is one of the favorites for the 2010 CIF state championship.

It all makes for an intriguing 2010-11.

Sept. 4
Hart football is stunned by El Camino Real 33-28 in its first game of the year. The more stunning part is the Indians fall behind 26-0 in the third quarter. Hart wide receiver Blake Borland scores four touchdowns. The game became less of a shock as the season went on as El Camino Real finished the season 12-2.

Sept. 11

Hart recovers from its first-game loss by beating a highly touted Palmdale team, led by Florida commitment Josh Shaw. The Indians defeat the Falcons 37-34. C.J. Reyes kicks a 32-yard field goal with five seconds to play in the game for the victory. Reyes throws for 366 yards and three touchdowns as the team’s quarterback and receiver Ty MacArthur has 224 yards and three scores.

Sept. 17
The Indians football team makes it two in a row, this time beating Righetti 27-13 in Santa Maria. C.J. Reyes has another big game as he throws for 303 yards and three touchdowns.

Sept. 22
On its way to another spectacular year, the Indians girls golf team begins the Foothill League season by shooting the lowest par-37 score in Foothill history. The Indians finish with a 188, besting second-place Saugus by 38 strokes. Brenna Carlson leads the way, shooting 3-under par.

Sept. 24
Hart girls tennis drops a close one in the league opener to title contender West Ranch, 10-8. Hart takes seven of nine singles sets, including a sweep by the league’s top singles player Anne Susdorf. Victoria Leonetti also takes three.

Sept. 25
Hart football struggles against eventual Northern Division champion Westlake in a 48-21 loss. The Indians turn the ball over four times in the first half. Nonetheless, running back Jake Stephens rushes for 150 yards on 20 carries.

Sept. 30
Hart girls golf wins big for the second consecutive league match. Nikki Prichard bests the field with a 2-under 31 at Vista Valencia Golf Course.

Oct. 2
Hart football puts the clamps on Paraclete in Palmdale with a 28-7 win. The Indians recover three fumbles and Blake Borland has a big defensive day with a fumble recovery and an interception. Jake Stephens runs for a 61-yard touchdown in the second half.

Oct. 13
In a driving cold rain, the Hart girls golf team wins the fourth Foothill League competition of the year and nearly breaks the course record it set a year before. The Indians shoot a 177. Amanda Corr leads all golfers with a 1-under 32.

Oct. 15
The Hart girls volleyball team outlasts Saugus at Saugus in a five-game win. Breena Beckett posts 15 kills and Jennie Long contributes 14.

Oct. 16
The Indians football team opens up Foothill League play by defeating Saugus 31-21. Hart leads 31-7 at one point before holding off a Centurions comeback. Ty MacArthur catches eight passes for 117 yards and Blake Borland hauls in another 107 yards receiving.

Oct. 20
Before the season started, league coaches pointed to West Ranch girls volleyball to unseat Valencia as league champions. Yet Hart enters the discussion on this day by beating the Wildcats 3-2 in an extremely close match. Breena Beckett has 10 kills and 10 blocks.

Brenna Carlson ties golf phenom and Valencia freshman Alison Lee with a 2-under 34 at the fifth Foothill League match. Hart wins for the fifth time out of five matches with a 185 — a Foothill record at TPC Valencia.

Oct. 21
Make it six out of six. The Hart girls golf team completes the season sweep and wins the Foothill League title. Junior Nikki Prichard edges teammate Brenna Carlson for the league’s Most Valuable Player prize by one stroke for the whole season.

Oct. 23
Hart running back Jake Stephens scores four touchdowns as the Indians discard Canyon 45-27, setting up a game against undefeated Valencia.

Oct. 27
Two contending Hart teams are dealt reality checks. The Hart girls volleyball team is swept by eventual league champion Valencia. The Hart girls tennis team also falls to an eventual league-champion Valencia team 16-2. Anne Susdorf drops her first set in league play since Oct. 16, 2007, as Emily Fraczek beats her 7-6 (7-2).

Oct. 29
Thanks to a sweep on the doubles side and three more victories from Anne Susdorf, Hart girls tennis beats Golden Valley 13-5 and finishes league at 5-5, securing third place and the final playoff spot from the Foothill.

Oct. 30
The Indians football team is the latest Hart team to lose to an eventual league champion from Valencia, falling to the Vikings 56-7 at College of the Canyons.

Nov. 3
Four Hart girls golfers advance past the CIF-Southern Section Northern Individual. Brenna Carlson (71), Kendall Dusenberry (73), Nikki Prichard (75) and Amanda Corr (78) all move on to the second round of the individual playoffs.

Nov. 5
The Hart girls golf team wins the CIF-SS Northern Team Divisional for the second season in a row. The Indians shoot an 18-hole school record of 383. Westlake finishes second with 393 total strokes.

Hart tennis queen Anne Susdorf defeats West Ranch’s Ana Lucia Fuentes 6-4, 6-3 in the Foothill League Finals, repeating as league champion.

Indian runner Sam Peckham finishes third at the final league cross country meet with a time of 15:23.13. Hart’s boys finish in fourth place overall and the girls end up in sixth.

Nov. 6
Hart football survives a scare from West Ranch and outscores the Wildcats 26-6 in the second half to come away with a 43-26 victory. The big play is an 80-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Reyes to Ty MacArthur late in the third quarter.

Nov. 9
Hart girls golf finishes in second place at the CIF-Southern Section Final. The Indians’ score of 385 is bested only by Torrance’s 368. Next up is the Southern California championship.

Nov. 10
By the skin of their teeth, the Hart girls tennis team advances past the CIF-SS Division III wild card by winning on games 79-69 against Righetti. The match was tied at 9-9, but Hart had the upper hand on games.

Hart girls volleyball’s season ends with a 3-0 loss to Laguna Beach in the first round of the Division I-A playoffs. The Indians finish the season at 12-5.

Nov. 12
The Hart girls tennis team is eliminated from the postseason with a first-round CIF-SS Division III loss to Long Beach Wilson 12-6. Anne Susdorf ends the season strongly with a 6-1, 6-0, 6-0 sweep.

Nov. 13
The Hart football team closes the regular season with a 42-7 win over Golden Valley.

Nov. 20
Hart’s football season ends in disappointment for the second straight year. A 23-15 loss to Hueneme gives the Indians their second straight first-round loss in the Northern Division playoffs.

Nov. 21
Hart sophomore Sam Peckham finishes 17th overall in the CIF-SS Division II Cross Country final with a time of 15:36 — the second-best mark of any sophomore in the division.

Dec. 6
Two Hart High quarterbacks start in the NFL on the same day. Kyle Boller and the St. Louis Rams are mauled by the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore leads his team to a 16-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dec. 31
Former Hart quarterback Matt Moore is named The Signal’s Male Athlete of the Decade.

Jan. 12
The Hart boys basketball team loses 65-47 to Valencia. The Indians, a perennial Foothill title contender, finish the season with an 0-10 league record.

Hart girls basketball comes closer to knocking off Valencia, losing 59-54. Indians junior Charlotte Reininger scores 11 points and pulls down 11 rebounds.

Jan. 15
The Hart boys soccer team loses to eventual league-champion Canyon 1-0 in a yellow card-filled game. After the game, tensions rise and an argument at midfield ensues. Tempers did not flare beyond that.

Feb. 1
Hart girls soccer beats Saugus 2-1. Both teams are now 4-2 in the Foothill League with sights set on a title. Kelli Goss and Kelsey Steck score for the Indians.

Feb. 2
The Indians move into a first-place tie in girls soccer with a 3-1 win over Canyon. Mallory Utley scores twice.

Feb. 5
Finally, a bright spot for Hart boys soccer. After an 0-7 start in the Foothill, the Indians tie West Ranch 0-0. Neil Tamashiro blanks the Wildcats in goal.

Feb. 9
Hart girls soccer loses 1-0 to Saugus, which clinches at least a share of the Foothill title.

Feb. 19
Two first-half goals lead the Indians girls soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Glendora in the first round of the CIF-SS Division II playoffs. Kayla Kret and Kelsey Steck both score, with assists on each goal by Brittani Reddick.

Feb. 24
Hart is shot out of the girls soccer playoffs, losing 1-1 (3-2 in penalty kicks) to Redlands East Valley in the CIF-SS Division II second round.

March 19
Hart baseball escapes with a league-opening victory against Golden Valley. Kevin Bailey’s two-RBI single in the sixth inning is the key hit in a 10-9 win.

March 31
Hart swimming doubles up on Valencia. The Indians boys slip by with an 88-82 victory, while the girls win 126-44. Alex Ngan wins the 50 and 100 freestyle on the boys’ side and Maggie Hanson and Nicole Antoniuk take two events each for the girls.

April 13
Hart softball begins the league season with a 6-3 victory over Canyon. Lauren Anderson hits a solo home run for the Indians.

The Hart boys tennis team, in a rebuilding season, falls to Canyon 11-7. The bright spot for the Indians all season is its doubles team of Kevin Tanner and Austin Morgan, which sweeps Canyon on this day.

April 16
On a three-game losing skid, the Indians baseball team surprises league-undefeated Valencia 8-3. Josh Wagner goes the distance on the mound for the complete-game victory. Pat Valaika goes 2-for-3 with four RBIs.

April 19
Hart High graduate Taylor Lilley signs with the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA and later makes the squad’s opening day roster.

April 22
Two days after losing for the first time in league, the Hart boys volleyball team bounces back with a 3-1 victory over a surprising Golden Valley team. Taylor Gregory has 10 kills and 12 blocks and J.J. Mosolf also contributes 10 kills.

April 24
Hart High graduate and UNLV record-setting wide receiver Ryan Wolfe signs a free-agent contact with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

May 4
Hart boys volleyball rallies back for a 3-1 win over Saugus after dropping the first game. Taylor Gregory has a match-high 14 kills for the Indians.

May 6
Hart swimming wraps up another impressive Foothill League season, with the girls winning their 28th title and the boys winning their 23rd. The boys edge West Ranch by a score of 418-399, avenging an earlier loss to the Wildcats.

May 11
Hart boys volleyball loses to Burroughs in the first round of the CIF-SS Division II playoffs. Hart junior J.J. Mosolf has 13 kills and two aces in the straight-game loss.

May 13
Emili Escamilla throws a complete-game shutout in Hart softball’s 10-0 win over West Ranch. The Indians clinched second place in the Foothill League with the win.

May 14
Hart baseball ends a four-game skid with a pair of wins over Golden Valley to end the regular season and clinches its 24th straight playoff bid. The Indians post a 12-1 win in the finale behind home runs from Patrick Valaika, Josh Brown and Dallas Bacon.

May 19
Hart baseball exits the CIF-SS Division I playoffs in the first round at the hands of St. John Bosco, 3-1. The Indians’ only run comes on an RBI base hit by J.T. Barnes.

May 20
Lauren Anderson’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of ninth inning vaults the softball team to a 1-0 win over Agoura in the first round of the CIF-SS Division I playoffs.

May 25
Trailing 3-2 entering the fifth inning, the Hart softball team rallies for five runs in the frame, beating Rosary of Fullerton in the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs. After getting hit early, Emili Escamilla throws five consecutive shutout innings to end the game.

May 27
Hart softball’s run ends in the third round of the CIF-SS playoffs with a 3-0 loss to Corona. The Indians are held to one hit in the last four innings.

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