The sense of urgency begins.
At the beginning of the season, many Hart High football players got an earful from fellow students doubting the program.
When Saugus girls volleyball hosts Hart at 6:45 p.m. today, it will be more than another important Foothill League matchup between the Centurions and the Indians.
Foothill League football spent years setting a standard in the state of California.
When one arrives at a Foothill League girls golf match, the first question that pops up is: What accomplishment did Hart High achieve today?
The West Ranch girls volleyball team is talented enough to overcome a number of mishaps over the course of a volleyball match.
Valencia got everything it could handle from Saugus in a five-set match Tuesday, but the Centurions couldn't overcome their own mistakes and the Vikings won 3-2 at Valencia High.
Valencia High graduate and California's all-time prep passing yardage leader Michael Herrick had the best game of his collegiate football career last Saturday.
As Foothill League play begins, the intensity is going to increase. Every play and possession will be magnified.
Playing without starters Collin Keoshian and Ryan Espinosa proved costly for the Santa Clarita Christian football team, which lost to Windward 48-0 at Canyon High School on Saturday night after the mercy rule came into effect in the third quarter.
Valencia continued its perfect season with a 35-14 victory over Loyola at Los Angeles Valley College Saturday night.
The Grizzlies football team fell behind early and dropped its pre-league finale 56-0 to Paraclete on Saturday at Knight High School.
Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell was at a loss for words when trying to find positives from a game that saw several of his players hurt with little production on the scoreboard for all their efforts.
West Ranch head football coach Sean O'Brien knew his team's pre-league finale would show him what could be fine-tuned heading into Foothill League play.
When Andy Campbell took the Golden Valley head coaching job in the offseason, he had designs of turning the Grizzlies into a perennial CIF contender.
It's been an interesting week for Valencia's opponent tonight.
Here's a dare.
Culver City boys soccer kept coming for Saugus on Tuesday, and in the end, the Ocean League's third-place team passed the Centurions.
Oddly enough, it was a goal against that finally sparked West Ranch boys soccer on Tuesday.
With Monday afternoon's revealing of the CIF-Southern Section soccer playoffs, the winter playoff slate is set.
The CIF-Southern Section released the boys and girls prep basketball playoff draws on Sunday afternoon, and plenty of Santa Clarita Valley teams are scattered across various postseason brackets.
Year in and year out, Foothill League boys basketball is a gauntlet.
The West Ranch girls soccer team knew it had a problem.
At least 24 schools are already committed to participate in Canyon High School's Santa Clarita Valley Track Invitational.
Dean Hendrix-Davis, just 16 years old, was pinned between the car seats of his Ford Explorer.
The best team that not enough people know about in the Santa Clarita Valley just went and won a Heritage League championship.
A full gym, a dramatic finish and fans rushing the court at the final buzzer aren't things you might expect in the Foothill League finale for two teams that won't make the playoffs.
The program that lost the two best players in the Foothill League in 2013 to graduation and the one that lost its first two league games in 2014 has now won something that begins with a two - second place.
The Valencia Vikings boys soccer team secured second place in the Foothill League by beating West Ranch for the fourth straight time on Thursday at Valencia High.
All that stood between Hart Indians boys basketball and the Foothill League's first undefeated run since Valentine's Day, 1997, were the Canyon Cowboys and 23 seconds.
If there's a team that knows a lot about fortunes changing quickly, it's Hart girls soccer.