June 5, 2001 |
Retirement, Dennis Ford quips, will suit him to a T. Or is that a tee? Either way, Ford, 61, among the region's most respected coaches, will call it a career next week when he retires after 33 years as a science teacher and coach of several sports at Hart High. Known widely as a guru among softball pitchers, Ford also is architect of one of Southern California's best high school golf programs over the last decade, as well as a five-time club champion at Vista Valencia Golf Course.
May 15, 2001 |
Hart and Westlake highs traveled different paths this season, but they begin the Southern Section baseball playoffs seeded No. 1. Hart (25-1) enters the Division II playoffs after winning the Westside and Villa Park tournaments, leading the Foothill League from start to finish, and only losing to Canyon. Westlake (21-6-1) struggled early, losing to Thousand Oaks and tying unheralded Newbury Park. But the Warriors rallied to win the Marmonte League title and earn the top seeding in Division III.
April 18, 2001 |
"Gone fishin'." That's the message Bill Susdorf of Hart High should have left on his bedroom door last weekend, telling friends he was taking a break from baseball. Except no one needed a sign to figure out Susdorf was out of town. Neighbors along Wildwood Canyon in Valencia woke up to an eerie silence instead of the usual "ping, ping, ping" coming from the backyard batting cage of Susdorf's home.
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April 15, 2001
Soledad Canyon Road has seen more than its share of makeshift memorials, those heartbreaking assemblies of flowers, candles and crosses that bloom along a road where someone died in a traffic accident. But the shrine that appeared last week near the landmark Saugus Speedway must have struck Santa Clarita Valley residents especially hard. It honored a young man the community had rallied around during an earlier disaster, first to support his recovery, then to celebrate it.
March 8, 2001 |
Nearly two months ago, Matt Moore suddenly doubled over at the dinner table, complaining of stomach pains and ended up on the operating table undergoing an appendectomy. His strength has returned, not to mention his appetite. He pleaded with his father to buy him chicken nuggets at a fast-food restaurant after contributing two run-scoring singles in Hart High's 5-4 victory over Camarillo on Wednesday in a battle of top 10 teams in the Westside tournament.
December 9, 2000 |
The season wasn't perfect, but the ending was. Hart High didn't duplicate its phenomenal 14-0 season of 1999, but a 12-2 mark and a third consecutive Southern Section title was more than enough consolation. The Indians routed Bay League champion Mira Costa, 34-11, on Friday night at College of the Canyons in the Division III final to extend what is clearly becoming a dynasty. Hart won a section title for the fourth time in six years. The offense was nearly flawless.
December 9, 2000 |
Young boys gazed in awe as they caught a glimpse of Kyle Matter holding the Southern Section Division III championship plaque in the middle of a crowded field of Hart High players, coaches and fans. A teenager asked him to sign an autograph. For someone who started his high school career as a wide receiver, Matter ended it Friday night as the greatest passer in school history with a dream performance.
November 9, 2000 |
There have been so many All-Southern Section quarterbacks at Hart High that the ever-growing fraternity could almost swing a presidential election. This figures to be the 16th consecutive season an Indian quarterback receives the honor. They've built such a reputation that college recruiters will practically offer a scholarship to anyone at Hart who lines up under center. So, with senior Kyle Matter on his way to Stanford, the question arises: Who's next?
September 21, 2000 |
Every football season, the talk about Hart High revolves around its quarterback. Rightfully so. The Indians have built a conga line of quarterbacks marching on to college programs. But it's been the defensive line, rather than the guy throwing the pigskin, which has saved the Indians' bacon this season. Peter Dubsky, Evan Allen, Chris Frome and Jose Flores form Hart's version of the Fearsome Foursome and are the region's best defensive front.