Valencia guard Lonnie Jackson spent last week frustrated by physical defense and a pair of Foothill League losses.
The Wildcats were done with coming close.
The West Ranch girls soccer team was minutes away from its second enormous victory in as many days.
Four Grizzlies scored in double figures as Golden Valley defeated Hart 79-48 at Hart High on Tuesday night,
West Ranch girls basketball was looking to run the tables in Foothill League play. Canyon was looking to rebound from its only league loss.
Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Golden Valley senior basketball player Trevor Wiseman began the campaign Monday.
"I actually think McDonald's has the best breakfast ever," he said. "It's the two Egg McMuffins combo meal. I think it's the No. 8. I love that place."
Through the first half Monday, the Saugus girls soccer team controlled every facet of its game against Canyon.
As the defending CIF-Southern Section Division II champions, Saugus looked like it would protect its lead and win.
Valencia head boys soccer coach Tony Scalercio has stressed team play all season.
Golden Valley put that philosophy to the test on Monday.
After three years and six losses to Hart, the West Ranch girls soccer team had enough.
"We've (come close) to Hart," said Wildcats goalkeeper Tina Hedwall. "We were kind of tired of losing."
A lot of college football programs felt Hart senior Ty MacArthur was too small to play for them.
The Air Force Academy felt differently.
Valencia goalkeeper Alex McIntyre knows what it's like to have your back against the wall.
Rain delays will make for hectic schedules next week for the Foothill League's boys and girls soccer teams.
For boys and girls basketball, defense made it plenty hectic on Friday.
The CIF released its top honorees for fall sports earlier this month, and several local athletes picked up top nods for their accomplishments in the CIF-Southern Section.
The Saugus boys basketball team got back on track after two straight league losses with a big 77-55 victory over Hart Friday night at Saugus High School.
The Canyon High faithful could feel it Friday evening.
Hart High graduate and former The Master's College star Jerry Owens was suspended for 50 games last week from the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol for violating the league's drug policy.
It's not entirely uncommon for a club swimmer to see their high school team as something secondary; a break from the grind of a club season, but ultimately just that - a break.
Can you consider one nonwinning year a drought?
Canyon High senior Cole Mears has always considered himself a utility player.
From the start, this season was about two teams: West Ranch and Saugus.
For track and field coaches, it's always a balancing act between worrying about winning team competitions and figuring out how to keep their best athletes ready for the end of the season.
Different park. Same result.
Hart High junior pitcher Paul Richan said he was thinking about Friday's game against surging Valencia for two days.
It doesn't happen very often in Foothill League play, but you can bet that when A.J. West and Jake Bird come in to pitch for West Ranch in the same game, it's a close one.
One road to the U.S. Open, which last year was won by Justin Rose, is through Valencia.
Saugus boys volleyball isn't going away quietly after falling short to Valencia earlier in the week.
In the most critical match of the day in terms of the Foothill League standings, the Hart High Indians clinched a spot in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.
A lot of weight was on the shoulders of a select number of athletes for Golden Valley girls track and field.
The Vikings needed some heroics to get past Hart on Thursday afternoon at Valencia High School, and luckily Britney Ross-Smith was up for the challenge.