The Valencia girls soccer team continued its strong play at the Hart Showcase Tournament by winning two more games on Saturday and clinching a berth in the tournament championship.
Offense was certainly not in short supply at Canyon High School on Saturday night as the Santa Clarita rode a 48-6 halftime lead to an easy 54-6 victory over the visiting Lions of L.A. Lutheran. The contest was so lopsided that officials decided to call the game early in the third quarter.
In a banner day for Saugus cross country, the Centurion girls team broke its own course record at the 61st annual Reebok Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational at Mt. San Antonio College.
Inside Hart basketball's locker room, a message was written on the white board - "attack the rim."
Message sent, message delivered.
Golden Valley came out swinging in the first day of pool play in the Hart Holiday Classic, beating Glendale 81-47 on Friday night.
Fresh off their third-place finish in San Fernando Valley Invitational, the Grizzlies (10-1) took control early.
Valencia swarmed Golden Valley from the opening whistle and blanked the Grizzlies 7-0 to cap a strong performance on the opening day of the Hart Showcase Tournament.
Earlier in the day, the Vikings (6-4-1) defeated Kennedy 10-0 but they didn't score their first goal against Golden Valley (0-5-1) until midway through the first half.
Win one, lose one.
That's how the first day of the Hart Showcase Tournament panned out for Hart's boys varsity soccer team.
Saugus had the advantage.
Unfortunately, it didn't last long.
The Hart girls soccer team kicked off its Hart Showcase Tournament Friday morning the best way it knew how - with an impressive performance.
The Indians defeated Knight of Lancaster 3-1 thanks to a pair of Katie Trevino goals in the first half, with assists coming from Brittani Reddick and Alli Carivau, respectively.
When West Ranch took a 14-8 lead over Saugus on Friday at Dr. Paul A. Priesz Stadium at Valencia High School, many thought an upset was in the making.
It took four game minutes for Valencia High to get on the board. It wasn't much longer until the game got out of control.
Valencia 6-1 (2-0)
Valencia 6-1 (2-0)
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.
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
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