Buena High's athletic program has enjoyed semi-sweet success in the Southern Section playoffs this season. In three sports, the Bulldogs have been knocked out in the semifinals.
In football, Canyon beat Buena, 45-14.
In boys' basketball, Capistrano Valley defeated Buena, 84-71.
And in girls' basketball, Hart upended the Lady Bulldogs, 78-68, in overtime.
Buena, however, has spent more time celebrating than telling sob stories about what might have been.
All three teams had so many obstacles to overcome that a .500 record would have been considered a success.
The football team went 2-8 in 1987 and was a perennial doormat in the Channel League until Rick Scott took over the program this season.
The boys' basketball team lost two all-county players--Shawn Kirkeby and Mike Sandoval--and was picked to finish a distant third in the Channel League.