Valencia and Canyon softball have gone in opposite directions this decade.
West Ranch softball sat primed for a stunning upset and a school first, but Hart senior pitcher Destiny Rodino had other things in mind.
Valencia locked up its ninth consecutive boys volleyball title Thursday with a 3-1 win over Canyon at home.
Canyon knew it was going to get solid contributions from its field events Thursday.
Valencia finished off an undefeated Foothill League season while putting an exclamation point on its seventh league title in eight years by dropping Canyon 14-4 at home.
West Ranch golfer Collin Wheeler matched his score from two years ago to again claim the Newhall Land Cup (the two-day tournament coinciding with the last two Foothill League matches) and his Wildcats also clinched the Foothill League title Wednesday at TPC Valencia.
It has been more than two decades since Hart baseball last failed to make the playoffs.
With the Foothill League finals just around the corner, Hart head swim coach Steve Neale held a serious meeting prior to Wednesday's regular-season finale against Saugus.
Saugus track and field head coach Christian Standley stood in the Hart High School infield, soaking wet after getting a water cooler bath from members of his boys team.
Peaking at the right time is a key to postseason success in any sport, and West Ranch boys tennis looks like its on point at the perfect time, notching a 14-4 win over Canyon at home Tuesday.
Almost three years to the day since it last defeated Valencia softball, Saugus pulled off a shocker Tuesday.
All that talk of the Valencia being vulnerable in the Foothill League this season has sure died down lately.
It appears that Canyon graduate Nate Longshore does have a destination.
Collin Wheeler may have just golfed himself into the CIF playoffs.
At the start of the 2004-05 boys basketball season, Ryan Peters was a nondescript high school newcomer playing for the freshman team at Valencia High School.
At the start of the 2009-10 college basketball season, Peters will suit up as Lehigh University's point guard of the future.
When Hart girls soccer player Sophie Cortes retrieved the ball for teammate Destinney Duron, she gave her a look.
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.