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.
At West Ranch's final match of the regular season, there were balloons, dessert tables and other assorted decorations.
There was plenty to celebrate for the Wildcats, who clinched a share of their first Foothill League championship with a 14-4 victory over Canyon Thursday at West Ranch High School.
Valencia finished off its eighth consecutive season with at least a share of the Foothill League crown with a 17-1 win at Valencia High on Thursday.
Hart girls volleyball needed this one.
Valencia and Hart have played some of the most meaningful Foothill League football games this decade.
As Foothill League play began, even Valencia head coach Ray Sanchez had someone else pegged to win the league title.
The Hart girls tennis team closed out the regular season by defeating Golden Valley 13-5 Thursday at Hart High School.
Back-to-back Foothill League 50-yard freestyle champion Michelle Duraj has verbally committed to the University of Denver, becoming Golden Valley's first swimmer to earn a scholarship.
The Santa Clarita Christian baseball team has to be wondering when it will get a real test this season.
We've sort of neglected the play of Saugus' Braden and Aden combo because of two other great Foothill League stories this year - Golden Valley sophomore Jonathan Kang's ascension to the top of the Foothill League and Hart's displacing six-time champion West Ranch as league champion.
West Ranch didn't expect to see its season end so early.
With all of the Santa Clarita Valley boys tennis teams eliminated from the postseason, it's time to turn our attention to the CIF-Southern Section individual sectionals.
Albert Einstein Academy baseball made sure its first playoff win in school history was a memorable one.
MISSION HILLS - If Foothill League play for Saugus could be broken down into a seven-inning game, it would be a quick start, a lead in the middle and finally close but not enough.
There were the standard handshakes and hugs among players and coaches that normally follow a season-ending loss.
Before anyone at The Signal ever saw Saugus' Abbey Weitzeil swim, we knew she was fast.
There's no way around it, the Saugus Centurions softball team that took the field Tuesday resembled little from the co-Foothill League champions that rolled through most of the regular season.
The Trinity Classical Academy softball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday with its 19-13 loss to visiting Hawthorne Math and Science Academy at Trinity.
With her adrenaline pumping, Santa Clarita Christian sophomore Shelby Boswell felt like she could keep pitching all day long.
Canyon softball ran into a buzzsaw on Tuesday, and there simply wasn't much the Cowboys could do about it.
The Vikings fell behind early in Tuesday's CIF-Southern Section first-round matchup with Oxnard High, and their sixth-inning rally fell short in a 5-2 opening-round loss.
It would be hard to imagine the West Ranch softball team getting off to a better start in this year's CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.
Foothill League football teams can say goodbye to the Northern Division.