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)
Santa Clarita Christian vs. L.A. Lutheran
Manlastas steps down
Hart faced an uphill battle Tuesday in keeping pace with the top three teams in the Foothill League.
The Saugus athletics program has finally been dethroned.
It's comical to look back at what the outside world thought of Saugus boys cross country in late September.
There is a pattern to past Signal Male Athletes of the Year.
When The Signal first heard about Saugus swimmer Abbey Weitzeil, the young swimmer was barely a freshman.
Valencia High School baseball player Devin Davis got to go deep at a Major League Baseball stadium.
This was the best coached year in the last decade in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The best way to explain how an athlete can qualify as exciting is to define the term - and not simply in a dictionary sense.
It didn't take long to see something special was happening.
We've spent the last two weeks bringing you up to speed on the high, lows, and everything in between of the 2013-2014 athletic year in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The 2013-14 year was an exicting one for West Ranch marked by great individual and team performances.
It's become expected of Valencia athletics to stand among the top of the Santa Clarita Valley.
The school year may be officially over, but the awards continue to trickle in.
It may have been a bit of a down year for Saugus overall, but that doesn't mean the Centurions didn't have a good 2013-2014 year.
The evil empire is back.
Of all sports at Golden Valley High, it was golf.