His mother was sick of the fighting. Even if he was just evening the score by bloodying a bully in the fifth grade, Bino Horne had to do something more productive.
The West Ranch girls basketball team pulled off the shock of the Winter Foothill League sports season by defeating Valencia Tuesday night 64-57.
It was shocking because the Wildcats, in four seasons, have never beaten a Foothill foe except for Golden Valley.
Eight members of the Foothill League were honored as All-CIF-Southern Section Northern Division selections last week, while eight members of Santa Clarita Christian were named to the All-CIF-SS Eight-Man Football team from Division I.
Headlining the honors were Saugus quarterback Desi Rodriguez, who was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Northern Division; SCCS running back Collin Keoshian, who was the Player of the Year from Eight-Man Division I; and Cardinals head coach Garrick Moss, as the Coach of the Year.
Tuesday's matchup between the Foothill League's two unbeaten teams turned into the thriller everyone expected.
With two teams trying to prove the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, one team also showed its still alive in the race for a Foothill League title.
The intensity in the Hart versus Canyon girls soccer contest Tuesday may have matched its rivalry-game level, but the goal totals didn't.
Valencia picked up its first Foothill League victory Tuesday, defeating West Ranch 80-65 on the Wildcats home floor.
Saugus is still searching for its first Foothill League win of the season.
After a first half dominated by perimeter play, the Hart Indians decided to pound the paint in the second half and defeated Canyon 59-46 at Canyon High Tuesday night.
Saugus quarterback Desi Rodriguez verbally committed to the Air Force Academy earlier this month following a home visit from Falcons defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.
"The education is like an Ivy League school, and I get to play football in Division I. You can't beat that," Rodriguez said.
It has been a little over three years since Austin Civita and Canyon High defeated Hart, 21-13 to win the CIF-State title in 2005.
Now, Civita has three days to prepare for his latest opportunity.
You want crazy, the Foothill League will give you crazy - Michael Jackson crazy.
You got scandal, surprise and lots of scoring - all in week one of the winter season.
After seeing the women's team rout Hope International Saturday, The Master's College men's decided to do the same.
The Mustangs shook off a slow start to close the first half on a 30-12 run and kept up the intensity in the second half to earn an 89-71 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over the Royals.
Hart knew before tip-off Friday night that it had lost the services of its best player.
In a game of momentum swings, the last swing went to Hart – along with a coveted Foothill League win.
Santa Clarita Christian quarterback Jonathan Saavedra already holds the school's all-time season and career passing records.
SANTA BARBARA - So how about West Ranch football's new pistol offense?
GRANADA HILLS - The Dan Kelley era at Golden Valley High School didn't get off to a good start; it got off to a great start, as the new-look Grizzlies began his coaching tenure with a 45-17 victory over Granada Hills Charter High School at John Elway Stadium on Friday night.
The new-look Canyon Cowboys, led by a sophomore starting quarterback, didn't get a bit of mercy against one of the premier teams in California.
The Saugus football team proved it can put up points in a hurry during its season opener against Simi Valley.
CHINO HILLS - Hart fans certainly expected to see quarterback Brady White break school records this season.
The 2014 SCV High School Football Preview was so jam-packed we didn't have room for the Signal Staff's 2014 Foothill League predictions.
It sort of feels like 2006 all over again.
Another pillar of the Valencia High athletic program is gone.
The storyline for most Foothill League teams coming into the 2014 season is whether they can overcome heavy losses on defense and still contain the consistently strong offenses they face in league play.
It was another ugh moment for Valencia High junior Cole Parkinson.
Sunday was a big day for one of golf's brightest young stars and another one of its best comeback stories of the year.
Saugus head football coach Jason Bornn isn't worried about stopping the high-powered offenses in the Foothill League.
They're young, tough and they don't care if you don't know their names.
The West Ranch football team lost a lot of experience on the defensive side of the ball.