It's the start of something new for Saugus basketball.
Just six days prior to Friday's volleyball match with Santa Barbara, Valencia fell to the Dons in the Best of the West tournament championship in San Diego.
One game into the Foothill League baseball season and Valencia's Robbie Mouselli is already in vintage 2007 form.
If the last two starts from Hart's Michael Montgomery are any indication, it could be a long season for opposing Foothill League hitters when they face the Indians.
Three years ago it was pretty evident what the 2008 Foothill League baseball landscape would look like - at least at the top of the hill.
The Saugus softball team made four errors on Wednesday against Westlake and they were all costly.
This time it's for real.
This time last year, Hart High's Joel Peluffo wasn't even playing soccer at the high school level.
You could hear it in opposing coaches' voices when Hart's Sarina Coutin touched the ball.
The first thing you notice about Canyon high senior Cody Anderson is his size.
It was a fitting end to the 2007-08 Foothill League boys basketball season.
Excuse us from not overcoming the urge to use bad car puns when it comes to Hart High center Megan Ford - she had no choice over her last name, after all.
If you weren't paying attention, you might not see a big statement in little writing on the scoreboard in the Valencia High gym.
Hart High forward Sarina Coutin remembers coming in as freshman and being told that no one could wear the No. 2 in Indians girls soccer.
Saugus junior shortstop Zachary Vincej has lived up to every expectation thus far in his already accomplished high school career.
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.