Saugus High fashions itself as having a blue-collar athletic program.
But being the underdog or being overshadowed rubbed Saugus girls basketball player Gabrielle Conn the wrong way.
The Foothill League has its first winter champion.
Canyon boys soccer clinched the 2008-09 league championship Saturday, and the Cowboys didn't even have to play.
On Friday night at Valencia High, the two most important points of the night were scored seconds into the game.
Returning to the court was senior David Stroud - cancer survivor and inspiration to his family, friends and community.
Saugus showed why it controls its own Foothill League destiny Friday by dropping Golden Valley 78-28 in the Grizzlies' gym.
While the Saugus' win was a big one because it kept the Cents in first place, the top story of the night was senior Gabby Conn tying Saugus' career scoring record for girls basketball.
Golden Valley boys basketball maintained its Foothill League lead with an 85-76 win over Saugus Friday night at home.
Senior guard Maverick Ahanmisi led the Grizzlies with 31 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and Trevor Wiseman set a team record with 18 rebounds.
After falling to West Ranch in the teams' first matchup of the season, Valencia made a few changes and turned the tables on the Wildcats.
It took just two changes for the Vikings to defeat West Ranch 43-37 at Valencia High on Friday night.
For the Canyon boys basketball team to pull the upset of Hart Friday night, it would need solid shooting and tough defense.
Canyon girls soccer maintained its share of first place in the Foothill League on Friday night with its 1-0 win over Hart High at Harry Welch Stadium.
On a senior-laden team with several players who have played with each other since kindergarten, there's one player who the Canyon boys soccer community hadn't seen until the 2008-09 season began.
With the increasing media coverage of prep sports, National Signing Day is becoming a bigger event.
Finally, some sort of clarity.
In the brief three-year varsity history of the West Ranch girls basketball program, no game was bigger than Tuesday night's.
When the Cowboys cut Golden Valley's lead to four points with a little more than four minutes to play in their boys basketball game at Canyon High, the Grizzlies looked to be in danger of suffering their second consecutive Foothill League loss.
For most of the game against Hart Tuesday, Valencia looked sluggish.
Valencia maintained its spot atop the crowded girls soccer Foothill League standings with a 3-2 victory against Hart Tuesday.
We've sort of neglected the play of Saugus' Braden and Aden combo because of two other great Foothill League stories this year - Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang's ascension to the top of the Foothill League and Hart's displacing six-time champion West Ranch as league champion.
West Ranch didn't expect to see its season end so early.