During its run to a perfect first half, Saugus girls basketball built a reputation as a defensive powerhouse.
Both Saugus and Valencia's boys basketball teams entered Friday's contest at Saugus needing a win to get to .500 in Foothill League play.
With the Canyon boys basketball team down by two with 13 second left to go in the game, everyone in the Cowboys' gym knew where the ball was going.
Sure enough, just like West Ranch had anticipated, the ball flew to the Cowboys' Mike Edwards, who was double-covered and forced into an off-balance miss from 3-point land with one second left and the Wildcats (14-8, 3-3) escaped with a 46-43 victory Friday night.
With the game seemingly in control, the West Ranch girls basketball team relaxed its suffocating defense for the last two minutes of the Friday night's game.
That's when Canyon cut a 10-point deficit with 2:01 to go down to a one-point deficit with seven seconds left and the Cowboys having possession of the ball.
Ties have been a recurring part of the 2008-09 season for both the Valencia and Saugus boys soccer teams, and Friday was no different.
The Centurions and the Vikings both picked up their fourth tie in Foothill League play when the clubs knotted 1-1 at Saugus.
In Jake Bernards, San Diego State sees untapped potential.
Grant, Lee, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Patton and Molacek.
We've reached the midway point of Foothill League boys and girls soccer and boys and girls basketball.
Canyon girls soccer girls soccer put itself right back in title contention Tuesday night with its 3-1 win over Valencia at Harry Welch Stadium.
All this talk of rivalry, and no game to back it up.
Hart and Saugus boys basketball entered Tuesday tied in the Foothill League standings, but the Centurions and Indians looked anything but equal as the teams reached the midway point of league play.
Saugus brought a perfect Foothill League mark to winless Hart Tuesday, but for most of the game the Centurions and Indians girls basketball teams looked dead even.
Who would have predicted it?
Starla Wright makes a huge difference for the Valencia girls basketball team.
The inability to play with a lead has cost Valencia lately.
Across the past three years, the Hart High boys soccer team could easily be considered the Foothill League's best team never to win a league title.
Things weren't always this rosy at Hart High School.
The Hart Indians baseball program will hold its annual alumni game this Saturday, and as part of the festivities will induct its latest class to the Hart Baseball Wall of Fame.
Niko Nuyda was there when Canyon soccer was a powerhouse in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Quietly, one of the best rivalries in Santa Clarita Valley sports has been building up for years.
Fair and even competition brings out the best in everyone, but it's taken for granted how hard it is to plan accordingly at the high school level.
Sophie Cortes is hard to spot when the Hart Indians girls soccer team takes the field.
This is West Ranch's M.O. this year, and more often than not the Wildcats are winning because or in spite of it.
It was a completely different game than last time.
On Friday, Hart boys soccer played like a team that wanted to make sure no one could catch up in the Foothill League.
Big players hit big shots in big spots.
It was more a feeling of relief than one of thrill for the Hart Indians boys basketball team on Friday.
On Jan. 21, the Canyon Cowboys girls soccer team lost a home contest to Foothill League power and top dog Valencia.
Winning a Foothill League soccer championship requires a lot of things, including the ability to get the job done when needed, and on Tuesday many teams showed that they have what it takes to get that job done.
This is the time of year when every game, every play, every possession is magnified.