Despite the Canyon boys basketball team being 1-7 in the Foothill League heading into Tuesday's game against Saugus, the Cowboys' head coach had one goal for his team.
After a tumultuous season that has centered around controversy, the Hart girls basketball team made lasting memory that all the Indian players can cherish.
Coming into the season, Canyon senior quarterback Jordan Adamczyk was not on anyone's radar.
But 2,622 yards and 26 touchdowns later, Adamczyk found himself at the top of all the Foothill League's passing statistics and has now committed to play at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
We've reached the final week of Foothill League play and still noting is decided in girls soccer.
Saugus, Valencia and Canyon are still tied atop the league standings.
Saugus High fashions itself as having a blue-collar athletic program.
But being the underdog or being overshadowed rubbed Saugus girls basketball player Gabrielle Conn the wrong way.
The Foothill League has its first winter champion.
Canyon boys soccer clinched the 2008-09 league championship Saturday, and the Cowboys didn't even have to play.
On Friday night at Valencia High, the two most important points of the night were scored seconds into the game.
Returning to the court was senior David Stroud - cancer survivor and inspiration to his family, friends and community.
Saugus showed why it controls its own Foothill League destiny Friday by dropping Golden Valley 78-28 in the Grizzlies' gym.
While the Saugus' win was a big one because it kept the Cents in first place, the top story of the night was senior Gabby Conn tying Saugus' career scoring record for girls basketball.
Golden Valley boys basketball maintained its Foothill League lead with an 85-76 win over Saugus Friday night at home.
Senior guard Maverick Ahanmisi led the Grizzlies with 31 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and Trevor Wiseman set a team record with 18 rebounds.
After falling to West Ranch in the teams' first matchup of the season, Valencia made a few changes and turned the tables on the Wildcats.
It took just two changes for the Vikings to defeat West Ranch 43-37 at Valencia High on Friday night.
For the Canyon boys basketball team to pull the upset of Hart Friday night, it would need solid shooting and tough defense.
Canyon girls soccer maintained its share of first place in the Foothill League on Friday night with its 1-0 win over Hart High at Harry Welch Stadium.
On a senior-laden team with several players who have played with each other since kindergarten, there's one player who the Canyon boys soccer community hadn't seen until the 2008-09 season began.
With the increasing media coverage of prep sports, National Signing Day is becoming a bigger event.
Finally, some sort of clarity.
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.