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2011-12 Signal Sports Awards Program of the Year: Saugus High School

Posted: July 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 11, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil won two individual CIF titles this season.

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Well, at least the race was interesting this time.

The winner went unchanged though.

For the fourth straight year, Saugus High School is The Signal’s Program of the Year.

This time around, it needed more of an all-around boost to earn the title for 2011-12, relying less on the unyielding success of the girls cross country program than in years past.

To be sure, a sixth straight state championship built a strong foundation for the Centurions and their 414 total points scored under The Signal’s tally.

Saugus picked up 160 points from girls cross country alone, but the Centurions also helped themselves with five Foothill League titles and other strong postseason appearances outside of world of running.

In reality, the all-around success helped Saugus run away with the title, beating second-place West Ranch’s total of 295.

West Ranch collected seven league crowns this season, more than any other school.

Hart put together an impressive spring season to swoop into third place with 266 points to edge out Golden Valley’s fourth-place total of 249.

Valencia’s 192 and Canyon’s 161 were good for fifth and sixth place.

The area’s private schools, Santa Clarita Christian and Trinity Classical Academy, weren’t eligible due to the schools’ limited number of sports teams.

For the Program of the Year winner, the bulk of its points were gathered during the fall season.

Saugus won a co-league title in football and a league title in girls volleyball added to the cross country team’s immense success, giving the program a league-best 232 points for fall.

From there, the Centurions added to the tally by winning Foothill titles in girls soccer and girls basketball.

Freshman swimmer Abbey Weitzeil then extended her school’s lead by winning two individual CIF titles at the CIF-Southern Section Division I Swim finals.

The Wildcats won outright Foothill titles in girls tennis, girls golf, boys golf, boys soccer, baseball and softball while sharing a boys basketball title with Canyon.

In the postseason, West Ranch earned extra points by advancing to CIF-Southern Section division semifinals in girls tennis, boys volleyball and baseball.

No school scored more points in the winter sports than West Ranch, which amassed 80 points after school-record showings in boys basketball and boys soccer in addition to playoff appearances by their girl counterparts in both sports.

Hart was the champion of the spring with 190 points, almost all of which were earned by swimming and track and field.

The school was helped by three individual CIF track and field titles — two from Tim White and one from Austin O’Neil — while the girls and boys swim teams both won league titles and were CIF finalists.

Golden Valley had its best performance in the Program of the Year tally yet, and it has a boys cross country state championship to thank for that.

The school won a league crown in boys cross country and a shared title in boys track and field.

Canyon won four Foothill titles and Valencia won three.

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