With two teams trying to prove the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, one team also showed its still alive in the race for a Foothill League title.
The intensity in the Hart versus Canyon girls soccer contest Tuesday may have matched its rivalry-game level, but the goal totals didn't.
Valencia picked up its first Foothill League victory Tuesday, defeating West Ranch 80-65 on the Wildcats home floor.
Saugus is still searching for its first Foothill League win of the season.
After a first half dominated by perimeter play, the Hart Indians decided to pound the paint in the second half and defeated Canyon 59-46 at Canyon High Tuesday night.
Saugus quarterback Desi Rodriguez verbally committed to the Air Force Academy earlier this month following a home visit from Falcons defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.
"The education is like an Ivy League school, and I get to play football in Division I. You can't beat that," Rodriguez said.
It has been a little over three years since Austin Civita and Canyon High defeated Hart, 21-13 to win the CIF-State title in 2005.
Now, Civita has three days to prepare for his latest opportunity.
You want crazy, the Foothill League will give you crazy - Michael Jackson crazy.
You got scandal, surprise and lots of scoring - all in week one of the winter season.
After seeing the women's team rout Hope International Saturday, The Master's College men's decided to do the same.
The Mustangs shook off a slow start to close the first half on a 30-12 run and kept up the intensity in the second half to earn an 89-71 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over the Royals.
Hart knew before tip-off Friday night that it had lost the services of its best player.
In a game of momentum swings, the last swing went to Hart – along with a coveted Foothill League win.
Physical play and hot outside shooting keyed Saugus to a 70-63 win over West Ranch on Friday night at home.
After a 68-55 win over Canyon at Golden Valley High Friday night, the Grizzlies further proved that they are for real.
After a loss to Valencia on Tuesday afternoon, Centurion head coach Lisa Rollo realized something important.
Hart boys soccer is still looking for that final touch that leads to both goals and victories.
Schools are out for break and Foothill League play for winter sports is still a couple weeks away.
The Santa Clarita Valley prides itself on its standard of excellence in high school sports.
Hart boys basketball head coach Tom Kelly has a talented squad in Newhall this year, and it can run.
Hart came agonizingly close to walking away from its own Hart Soccer Showcase tournament on Monday afternoon with the championship trophy.
When Valencia Vikings head coach Sean O'Connell got his hands on the Hart Soccer Showcase first-place trophy, he knew exactly where to go with it - straight to team captain Sammy Simon.
Guards Myles Franklin and Lewis Stallworth gave the Hart Indians boys basketball team a needed spark on Saturday night in the semifinals of the Hart Holiday Classic at Hart High.
Foothill League play is still more than two weeks away, but the two teams most expect to vie for the league title - Valencia and Hart - will get an early look at each other in Monday's Hart Soccer Showcase tournament final.
The promising start to the season for Golden Valley boys soccer took a wrong turn on Saturday, but there are still encouraging signs for this up-and-coming team.
The Valencia Vikings girls soccer team was thoroughly frustrated by the Knight High Hawks' offside trap in the first half of its Hart Soccer Showcase pool play match on Friday at The Master's College's Reese Field.
The Hart Indians boys soccer team saved its best for first on Friday morning at The Master's College, and there was little the Saugus Centurions could do about it.
Sometimes box scores can be misleading.
After multiple years working at various positions at The Signal, I officially left the paper in October. Still, the excitement and passion I have for Santa Clarita Valley sports remains, and I have continued to work for the paper on a freelance basis
Forget the Oscars and the Emmys. We at The Signal are going to provide you with the best year-end awards of them all with The Siggies, which will cover the best of Santa Clarita Valley sports in 2013.
This coming year will mark my 10th year covering sports for The Signal so I've seen a lot of history.
The Trinity Classical Academy Knights boys basketball team was wildly successful a season ago, and it's finding out just how hard it is to replicate that success to begin the 2013-14 season.