Viewed as one of the Foothill League's elite teams heading into the season, West Ranch boys volleyball found itself four points away from taking a giant step backward.
The Santa Clarita Valley had a remarkable basketball season this winter, with 10 total teams reaching the CIF-Southern Section postseason.
Hart swimming kept on rolling Wednesday as the Indian faithful watched the girls cruise 132-38 and the boys win 113-57 over West Ranch at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.
It has been no secret that Valencia swimming is going to be a force this year.
Hart put 12 runs on the board in the first three innings en route to a 15-3 home victory over Canyon to pick up its third league win of the season.
It's too early to call anything a changing of the guard, but West Ranch baseball defeating Valencia 7-1 at home Wednesday definitely carries some kind of weight.
Saugus head coach John Maggiora believes that defense is the backbone of a good baseball team.
Valencia continued its quest to keep its Foothill League crown with another decisive victory Tuesday.
West Ranch entered its match Tuesday at Golden Valley as one of the better teams in the Foothill League, and the Wildcats' performance showed why they may have a chance to give perennial power Valencia a run for the title.
Valencia continued its dominance of the Foothill League in a way that was anything but dominant.
Valencia senior golfer Alex Macaluso didn't have to battle as hard on the golf course Tuesday as much as he had to battle off the course coming up with the right word to describe the gap between his team and Foothill League-leading West Ranch.
Going into Tuesday's swim meet with Canyon, Saugus head coach Vicky Donnelly expected challenges on the girls' side, and knew it would be a battle between the boys.
One tried out for volleyball in the spur of the moment. One hasn't stopped playing volleyball for the past four years. One had never touched a volleyball until a few weeks ago.
West Ranch seniors Frankie Madero, Jeff Zepp and Kulwinder Singh all took different paths to joining the boys volleyball team, but now that they're together, the trio has one goal in mind.
There may be no program as dominant in its respective sport in the Santa Clarita Valley than Valencia boys volleyball.
But fresh off their consensus national championship, the Vikings will look completely different this year.
A late goal from Bakersfield's Joshua Shin with 4:38 remaining in the third period was the difference in the Roughnecks' 3-1 victory over Valencia High on the opening night of Ice Station Valencia's High School Hockey season on Monday night.
In its ninth consecutive year, the club league features eight teams, including Valencia High, Canyon High, Hart High, Saugus High, Antelope Valley High, Bakersfield High, Burbank and West Valley (San Fernando and Simi Valleys).
It was bound to happen at some point.
West Ranch softball head coach Bob Shults admitted he was a little nervous heading into the Wildcats' Foothill League opener with the Hart Indians on Thursday afternoon.
The bounce-back season is in full effect for Valencia boys volleyball.
The West Ranch and Hart track teams split their meets on Thursday at Hart, with the Hart Boys winning 72-64 and the West Ranch girls winning 98.5-33.5
From the outside in, the Foothill League title looks like a two-horse race.
It won't be a runaway.
It was just another day in the pool for the Hart boys and girls swim teams on Tuesday as both won convincingly over Saugus at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center.
With their wins on Tuesday, the Valencia and West Ranch boys tennis teams have set the table for what could be the matchup of the year on Thursday.
The Saugus Centurions were at their best in Tuesday's Foothill League opener, and there was very little the visiting Valencia Vikings could do about it.
Saugus boys volleyball is getting pretty good at playing the spoiler.
With all five of its scorers finishing within seven strokes of each other, the steady and consistent West Ranch Wildcats won the Foothill League's opening match with a total score of 398 on Tuesday at Valencia Country Club.
The balancing of the playing field may be the schedule.
It was the fall and there was talk that a Golden Valley girls golf program could possibly finish on top of the Foothill league for the first time in school history.
The Santa Clarita Christian and Trinity Classical Academy winter sports teams broke plenty of new ground in 2014.
Granny-style half court shots, no-look passes, alley-oops and broken rims.