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This week in Foothill history

Posted: January 24, 2009 10:09 p.m.
Updated: January 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart and Canyon's rivalry was built on history.

The two oldest high schools in the Santa Clarita Valley have been doing battle for 40 years.

But the players change and the coaches change, meaning there must be another reason for the ferocity of the rivalry.

One of those reasons is superiority and in no other sport could that be better displayed than the Hart-Canyon girls basketball rivalry.

In Stan Delus' five-year stint as girls basketball head coach at Canyon, he quietly yearned to be Hart so desperately.

Dave Munroe was the establishment in local high school girls basketball - an experienced old-school coach.

Delus represented the anti-establishment, young and brash.

But he could never beat Munroe, as the Hart head coach retired after the 2006-07 season.

It wasn't just Delus' desire to beat Hart though.

It's been every girl or coach to ever represent the green and gold's desire.

In his days as head coach at Canyon, Delus said Canyon had never beaten Hart.

Munroe, who took over the Hart program said this week from his home in Colorado that he doesn't recall the Cowboys ever defeating one of his teams.

Providing more emphasis to Canyon never beating Hart is Rocket Collins.

The Valencia High boys basketball head coach ran the Canyon girls basketball program from 1985 to 1991.
His teams never beat Hart.

Before running the varsity girls at Canyon, Collins ran the freshman team.

He recalls the Canyon varsity teams of the early 1980s as being unsuccessful.

At one point, he said, the team might have been 0-for-40 games.

On Tuesday, Canyon defeated Hart 67-56 - likely the first win ever for the Cowboys girls over the Indians.
For one night, Canyon was superior.

And for that, the Cowboys made history.

It's been a pretty rough week for history at Hart's expense.

Though it took less time, four seasons, West Ranch defeated Hart in boys basketball for the first time in school history Friday night with an 86-77 victory.

While we're at it, Golden Valley boys basketball has defeated Canyon, Hart, Saugus and now Valencia for the first time in history.

Valencia lost to Golden Valley 69-67 Friday night.

It was the fifth time this season that the Vikings have lost by five points or less.

The Vikings are 13-7 overall and 1-3 in the Foothill League.

In soccer, two of the undefeated went down Friday as both Saugus teams gave Canyon its first losses.

The Saugus girls defeated Canyon 1-0, while the Saugus boys won 3-2.

The Saugus boys' result is a little more intriguing as the Centurions have to be the oddest team in the Foothill League.

They came into league play at 3-8-2.

Saugus tied its first three league contests, then knocked off league-leading Canyon.

The Cowboys still hold a three-point lead over Saugus as they are 3-1 (nine points).

Cary Osborne is The Signal's sports editor. He can be reached at His views reflect his own and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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