It's possible the turning point of West Ranch girls volleyball's season came in its regular-season finale.
After dropping the match's first two games, the Wildcats battled back to take a 3-2 nailbiter over Hart on Thursday at West Ranch High School, and in the process, claimed a share of second place and the No. 2 seed for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs coming out of the Foothill League.
Thursday's Foothill League cross country finals were the culmination of the league season.
But in several respects, the real season is about to begin.
There were several new faces at this year's Foothill League prelims on Wednesday, but by the end of two rounds, the singles bracket looked a lot like last year - minus the Vikings.
If it's the biggest football game of his life, he won't admit it.
In the first meeting between Hart and Saugus girls volleyball, the two teams battled it out through five sets.
With a showdown against Hart on the horizon, West Ranch wanted to be as sharp as possible heading into that match.
Another day, another feat.
It wasn't the Valencia girls volleyball team's strongest effort.
By nature, high school football rankings are mostly subjective.
With a dominant victory over Saugus on Thursday, the Valencia girls tennis team has now won or shared eight consecutive Foothill League championships.
Valencia's tennis programs weren't an overnight success.
Santa Clarita Christian football kept the scorekeeper busy on Saturday.
He had to constantly get up, stand on a table and then reach up to hang points on the visitors' side, as the Cardinals routed Los Angeles Lutheran 54-6 at First Lutheran High School.
No one had to tell Valencia or Hart to get fired up.
Saugus beat Golden Valley 42-26 at Canyon High School on Friday night, but the 26 points scored by the Grizzlies were more than they have scored the entire season.
"This is big for our program," said Golden Valley head coach Andy Campbell. "We know we can compete. The kids are starting to figure it out."
West Ranch had seen this before.
A long drive mounted late in the game by a tradition-rich Foothill League program, a drive that would snatch victory away.
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.
The 2013-2014 year for Canyon High will be remembered by its incredible individual performances, with three athletes earning Foothill Player of the Year honors.
The 2013-2014 year will be remembered for two things at Trinity Classical Academy.
The Santa Clarita Christian School athletic programs have been on the rise in the last few years and the 2013-2014 season might have been the best so far.
Canyon High has found its new boys soccer coach following the resignation of Lou Aguilera earlier this month.
Oh, how little things have changed in the last six months.
It's all business … or at least that's the way it seems when you talk to Saugus pitcher Mariah Lopez and West Ranch shortstop Lauren Lindvall after a game.
Two chocolate donuts.
Natalie Rodriguez was one hundredth of a second short of winning her first Foothill League track and field title this year.