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Year in Review: Hart - looking forward

Hart appears primed for strong 2013-14 season

Posted: June 26, 2013 9:17 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2013 9:17 p.m.

Hart High junior Matt Johnson was named All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Swimmer of the Year this season after winning four foothill league titles and finishing second in CIF-Southern Section Division I in the 200-yard freestyle.

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The football, basketball, and baseball programs at many schools help define the overall success of the school year. On the first day of Hart High’s 2012-13 school year, those sports had very real aspirations to win Foothill League championships and maybe more.

But football was knocked down twice in a row, first by eventual champion Valencia, then by Canyon. Basketball needed just one win over fourth-place Canyon in the final game of Foothill League play, but could not finish. And even before baseball season started, the removal of three players for disciplinary reasons disabled the Indians, and eventually one of the most successful programs in the Santa Clarita Valley missed the postseason for the first time since 1986.

However, one can’t define Hart’s year by just three sports.

Hart was able to add three Foothill League titles to the walls of its gym.

Girls tennis won its first Foothill League title since 1998, sharing the championship with Valencia. All-Foothill League first-team singles tennis player Natalia Munoz went undefeated throughout league as a freshman.

Once again, swim did not disappoint. Girls swim won its 31st league title in 32 years and boys won its 18th straight Foothill League title.

With a ton of young talent, Hart football appeared poised to start a title run of its own. It was looking good early.

The dynamic All-CIF athlete Connor Wingenroth made things happen all over the field. Sophomore quarterback Brady White was living up to early hype.

Yet, Hart placed third in the Foothill and lost in the second round of CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoffs to Palos Verdes 49-28.

Boys cross country placed third in the Foothill and finished 16th overall at the CIF-SS Division II finals.

The girls tennis team lost in the second round of CIF-SS Division II playoffs to Troy 12-6 and shared the Foothill League title with Valencia.

Girls golf welcomed back senior Jamie Corr, who ended up the Foothill MVP and All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Golfer of the Year. The team also welcomed her sister, freshman Katie Corr, who added to girls golf’s success. The Corr sisters carried their team to second place in the league standings. Jamie Corr advanced to the third of four rounds of the CIF playoffs and accepted a scholarship to play golf at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Switching to the winter, All-Foothill League first-teamers Lewis Stallworth and Myles Franklin were thrilling the valley on the basketball court.

After losing the much-hyped league opener to the West Ranch Wildcats, the Indians were determined to make a comeback when they played West Ranch for the second time.

Hart won 84-65 over the Wildcats.

Hart then had a chance at a Foothill League title, but it came up short when it lost to Canyon 62-61 in the last seconds of the fourth quarter.

The boys finished second in the Foothill and lost in the CIF-SS Division IIIAAA second round playoffs 64-55 to West Torrance.

Other second-place teams were boys and girls volleyball. The girls team advanced to the second round of the CIF-SS Division IA playoffs before losing to El Dorado 3-2. The boys traveled to Newport Beach, losing in the first round of the CIF-SS Division I playoffs to Newport Harbor High.

Both the boys and girls soccer teams advanced to the CIF-SS playoffs after the girls finished second in the Foothill and the boys third. The boys team advanced to the second round of the CIF-SS Div. II playoffs, but the boys were knocked out in the first round. The girls were led by All-CIF player Sophie Cortes and All-Foothill League first-teamers Hailey Jenkins and Presley Lambert.

With All-Foothill League first-team singles tennis player Elliot Miller, boys tennis finished second in the Foothill and advanced to the second round of CIF-SS Div. II playoffs, but lost to the No. 1 seed San Marino 18-0.

The boys golf team also ended up second in the Foothill, advanced to the CIF-Northern Team Divisional and finished eighth overall. The Indians said goodbye to multi-sport coach Pete Calzia, who retired after coaching at Hart for nearly 30 years.

The Signal’s All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Swimmer of the Year junior Matt Johnson won four individual league titles and set Foothill records in the 200 freestyle, the 200 medley, and the 400-free relay. He also won the 500 free.

All-SCV first-teamer Asia Antoniuk, placed second and earned CIF-SS Division I qualifying times in both the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle. Antoniuk also helped win league titles for the 200 free and 400-free relay teams. She will swim for the United States Naval Academy in the fall.

The swim teams’ impressive runs may have continued, but baseball had its own impressive run end in 2013.

The Indians finished 12-14 and placed fourth in the league standings. Hart missed out on the CIF playoffs for the first time since 1986.

However, with players like Nick Valaika, Dayton Provost, and another year of experience for the returning players, Hart’s baseball team is a promising one for 2014.

Football and basketball are also promising with the return of Wingenroth, wide receiver Trent Irwin, White, Stallworth, and Franklin.

Maybe 2012-13 wasn’t the year the Indians had hoped for.

But 2013-14 could be.


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