Three games into their season, many questions remained unanswered for the Hart Indians.
Friday night against Claremont, Hart (2-2) went to the wire to prove they have what it takes to remain competitive in the Foothill League with a 14-7 victory.
To say Saugus is facing a tough challenge this week would be an understatement.
For the most part, Valencia's performance against Burroughs bore little resemblance to its opening-game dominance.
Two down, one to go.
When Rich Bahr got the call he was going to be the head coach for Saugus' junior varsity football team in 2005, he immediately went into recruitment mode.
One night after surviving a physical battle against Taft, the Saugus girls basketball team found much less resistance from Nordhoff.
With Valencia's top two singles players battling the flu, Valencia struggled for a while but held on to beat Hart on Thursday, 11-7.
Varsity girls volleyball
After nearly four full seasons and 34 games playing home games at Canyon High School and around the Southland, Golden Valley High School will finally get to play its first ever home game.
Add the fact that it's Homecoming, and the Grizzlies have a nice historic game.
At the volleyball match on Thursday night, the Valencia Vikings kept the lead against the Hart Indians in all three sets, 25-19, 25-15, 25-15.
"The match tonight was very good," said Valencia Coach Ray Sanchez, "We did a great team effort today. I'm very happy."
A three-game losing streak can be prevented by West Ranch tonight, in a game against Glendora at Valencia High School.
The Wildcats will be playing a team that went 5-0 in the Sierra League (9-3 overall) last season and advanced to the CIF-SS Division I quarterfinals.
West Ranch singles tennis player Gavelyn Poonnopatam was behind her Golden Valley opponent, 4-0, at West Ranch High in Stevenson Ranch.
The Wildcats' No. 2 player was two points away from losing her Foothill League match.
Collin Keoshian has been stitched up four or five times this year, by his father's count.
After struggling in its opener, Golden Valley responded the way it hopes to bounce back the entire season.
The Saugus girls basketball team is well aware of how physical things can get in the Foothill League.
A year after being bounced early in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, the Master's College made sure everyone knew they had moved on and that this was a different season.
The Hart High girls soccer team advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division II championship with Tuesday's 1-0 victory over West Torrance, and now they know where and when that title game will be.
It was bound to be a night of firsts for the Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer team regardless of the outcome.
Jenny Chavez may have missed the past eight games due to a serious ankle sprain, but it only took her one game back to etch herself into Hart girls soccer lore.
ANAHEIM - Don't expect the Canyon boys basketball team to say they were just happy to be here.
Recently dismissed Saugus boys head basketball coach Derek Ballard said his coaching days aren't over.
The Hart High boys soccer team advanced to the CIF quarterfinals only twice since 1983.
The Hart girls soccer team finds itself one win away from its first CIF-Southern Section championship appearance since 1999.
It's a perfect contrast.
The Santa Clarita Christian girls soccer team beat Tarbut V'Torah 4-0 on Saturday night in a CIF-Southern Section Division VII quarterfinal game at College of the Canyons.
Hart girls soccer had yet to advance to penalty kicks this season.
NEWBURY PARK - Canyon girls head basketball coach Chuck Johns pondered the question on if his team overachieved this season for a second after its 51-37 loss to the Newbury Park Panthers on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs.
The veterans got the best of the rookies in the first-ever CIF lacrosse meeting between two Santa Clarita high schools.
At this point in the playoffs, nothing comes easy.
SANTA ANA - From the first shot Hart High put up Friday night at Foothill High School in the CIF-Southern Section Division IIA quarterfinals, something was off.