For three quarters, the Hart girls basketball team stifled Valencia with its full-court pressure.
One year ago, Saugus girls soccer opened the Foothill League season with a four-goal loss to Valencia, a game that masked the Centurions' true potential.
Whether Valencia point guard Jake Kelfer hit the floor or swingman Lonnie Jackson collided with a defender in mid-air, there was little doubt how Hart planned to counter the Vikings' offense.
Clearly, there was a big gap between Golden Valley boys basketball and the other five Foothill League teams last season.
There used to be a time when Valencia's Lonnie Jackson could be rattled.
In a time when basketball is speeding up, half the Foothill League has decided to slow it down.
Hart junior Katie Trevino plays soccer with great passion.
The target has been big, but it has never been this big.
Graduations and departures have left things shaken up at the top of Foothill League girls basketball.
Every girls basketball coach in the Foothill League knows who she is.
Canyon striker Mohammed Roknipour likes to dream big.
Last season, Canyon boys soccer carved out a Foothill League title one narrow victory at a time.
Collin Keoshian has done it again.
Katie Hank doesn't need words.
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.