One way or another, Foothill League boys soccer history was going to be made Thursday afternoon at West Ranch High.
As Golden Valley took on West Ranch on the last day of the regular season, the two teams were battling for the final playoff berth from the Foothill League with the winning team advancing to the postseason for the first time in either school's brief history.
Saugus girls basketball needed a little help to earn its second outright Foothill League title in school history, but the Centurions' 50-36 home victory over Hart coupled with Canyon's one-point win against Valencia completed the team's regular season goal.
This also makes it back-to-back titles, as Saugus shared it last season with Hart.
In one year, Golden Valley has gone from winless to peerless.
The Grizzlies outscored West Ranch 30-7 in the third quarter and emphatically wrapped up an outright Foothill League title with an 84-66 victory Thursday evening at West Ranch High School.
An eerie silence fell over Paul A. Priesz field.
After 80 minutes, loud chants, and intense play, Valencia and Canyon left the field with a 0-0 draw and a co-Foothill League girls soccer title.
Hart boys basketball locked up second place in the Foothill League with a 74-55 win at Saugus Thursday.
Brad Wyche and Ben Kimble combined for 43 points to lead the Indians (19-8, 8-2) to the victory.
Valencia boys basketball locked up the third spot in the Foothill League standings Thursday night at Canyon High, defeating the Cowboys 73-49 in the regular season finale.
"Our offense came from our defense," said Vikings head coach Rocket Collins.
As West Ranch senior Hakeem Bradley explodes for a thunderous dunk over an unfortunate bystander, the crowd explodes, too.
We used a headline for our Foothill League girls soccer preview that read: "Last team standing."
Snowboarder Marisa Watkins of Valencia won two medals at the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Boise, Idaho this week, including a gold.
After Golden Valley finished winless in the Foothill League last season, a league title seemed distant.
Entering Tuesday, three teams were tied atop the Foothill League girls soccer standings.
Hart's hopes of sharing the Foothill League boys basketball title are still alive after a grueling 60-53 overtime win against West Ranch Tuesday.
Golden Valley held its Senior Day on Tuesday.
Hold that thought.
The Canyon boys soccer team may have clinched the Foothill League crown on Saturday, but after Tuesday's play there was one team in the league with less losses than the champion.
The Valencia Vikings might have been overlooked heading into the Foothill League season, but the two-time defending champion West Ranch Wildcats weren't going to do any overlooking of their own on Tuesday afternoon at West Ranch High School.
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.