Three games into their season, many questions remained unanswered for the Hart Indians.
Friday night against Claremont, Hart (2-2) went to the wire to prove they have what it takes to remain competitive in the Foothill League with a 14-7 victory.
To say Saugus is facing a tough challenge this week would be an understatement.
For the most part, Valencia's performance against Burroughs bore little resemblance to its opening-game dominance.
Two down, one to go.
When Rich Bahr got the call he was going to be the head coach for Saugus' junior varsity football team in 2005, he immediately went into recruitment mode.
One night after surviving a physical battle against Taft, the Saugus girls basketball team found much less resistance from Nordhoff.
With Valencia's top two singles players battling the flu, Valencia struggled for a while but held on to beat Hart on Thursday, 11-7.
Varsity girls volleyball
After nearly four full seasons and 34 games playing home games at Canyon High School and around the Southland, Golden Valley High School will finally get to play its first ever home game.
Add the fact that it's Homecoming, and the Grizzlies have a nice historic game.
At the volleyball match on Thursday night, the Valencia Vikings kept the lead against the Hart Indians in all three sets, 25-19, 25-15, 25-15.
"The match tonight was very good," said Valencia Coach Ray Sanchez, "We did a great team effort today. I'm very happy."
A three-game losing streak can be prevented by West Ranch tonight, in a game against Glendora at Valencia High School.
The Wildcats will be playing a team that went 5-0 in the Sierra League (9-3 overall) last season and advanced to the CIF-SS Division I quarterfinals.
West Ranch singles tennis player Gavelyn Poonnopatam was behind her Golden Valley opponent, 4-0, at West Ranch High in Stevenson Ranch.
The Wildcats' No. 2 player was two points away from losing her Foothill League match.
Collin Keoshian has been stitched up four or five times this year, by his father's count.
After struggling in its opener, Golden Valley responded the way it hopes to bounce back the entire season.
The Saugus girls basketball team is well aware of how physical things can get in the Foothill League.
The Canyon Cowboys girls soccer team came out with a purpose on Thursday night at Canyon High School.
One word says it all about Thursday's inter-Santa Clarita Valley matchup between the Foothill League's Golden Valley Grizzlies and the Heritage League's Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball teams.
Golden Valley boys soccer coach Juan Paolo believes his Grizzlies can make noise in the Foothill League this year, and Wednesday's showing against Santa Paula High at Golden Valley High School in the team's preseason finale will do little to change that belief.
It was pretty obvious early in the Santa Clarita Valley girls golf season that the winds of change had blown in.
It's funny what expectations can do.
In a lot of ways, Brian Zabilski is the perfect representative of a storied Saugus cross country program.
Golden Valley High School officially announced the hiring of Dan Kelley as its new varsity head football coach on Monday.
The best doubles team in the Santa Clarita Valley didn't play a single regular season match during the 2013 girls tennis season.
On a singles lineup as dominant as Hart's was this past season, it's hard to stand out.
Hart senior guard Lewis Stallworth issued a verbal commitment to the University of Texas at El Paso on Sunday.
Football player can mean two things.
Beating state powerhouse Chaminade proved too tall a task for the West Ranch Wildcats boys basketball team.
In a league and a sport usually dominated by seniors who work their way up the ranks, Valencia junior Lindsey Knudsen was an early bloomer.
Hart quarterback Brady White was named to the MaxPreps.com 2013 Junior All-American Football Team on Friday.
Schools are out for break and Foothill League play for winter sports is still a couple weeks away.