Five most memorable
TeamsSoftball The Indians won their quarterfinal game by one run and their semifinal 6-5 in 12 innings. Even Hart’s loss in the CIF title game was epic. Boys basketball After dropping two of its first three Foothill games, Hart won six of its final seven to earn a share of its fourth straight league crown. Girls soccer Dramatic goals defined these CIF semifinalists and four-time defending league champs. Mater Dei of Santa Ana turned the tables in the semis, but it was a stellar playoff run. Boys swim There are no buzzer beaters in swim, but the Indians performance in the final relay of the Foothill League finals lifted them to a repeat league crown. Boys golf Led by Jess Scheller and Art Thompson, the Indians beat out West Ranch for the Foothill League team title.
Male athletesWhitten Dominguez One of the Foothill League’s most dangerous shooters, Dominguez averaged 19 points per game as a junior. Ben Kaufman The senior imposed his will at times on defenders, getting to the free throw line regularly. He averaged 17.6 points and five rebounds a game. Nick Moore A threat with his arm and his legs, the senior quarterback threw for 2,154 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 709 yards and 15 more scores. Jaden Nguyen Nguyen burst onto the scene as a junior, leading Indian boys soccer with 13 goals. He also dished out three assists. Cole Roederer The junior impacted the game in nearly every way possible. He swooped in for catches in the outfield, hit for power, stole bases and hit for average.
Female athletesAnely Avila Avila was solid in Foothill League competition and took 23rd at the CIF-SS D2 finals (Hart’s first team appearance in the finals). Madi Fay The setter/opposite was both the Indians’ tactical and emotional leader this season. Kylie Norwood Norwood pitched for the good of the team, but she had a special season with her bat. She led all Southern Section players with 64 hits. Taylor Scott Scott scored the game-winning goal in Hart’s first-round win with two minutes left. She scored a golden goal in double overtime in the second round. Abby Sweet Along with Norwood, Sweet led the Indians to a CIF final for the first time since 2007. She hit a walk-off home run in the quarterfinals.
Playoff teamsBoys basketball The Indians won a fourth straight Foothill League title but then found themselves in Division 1AA for playoffs. Hart lost 73-49 to Village Christian of Sun Valley in the first round. Girls basketball Coach Terra Palmer was confident her team could go to Buena of Ventura in the first round of the D1A playoffs and win. The Indians did, 57-50. But then Hart lost 49-44 to Duarte in the second round. Baseball Hart held a late one-run lead on Vista Murrieta in the first round of the Division 1 playoffs, but the Broncos scored two in the bottom of the seventh to walk off, 6-5. Girls cross country The Indians continued an impressive turnaround, advancing through the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 prelims before finishing 15th at finals, the program’s first finals appearance as a team. Football The CIF did Hart no favors by pairing it with Division 3 No. 3 seed Cathedral of Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs. The Indians lost 34-17. Boys golf The Indians won the Foothill League team title and shot a 411 for 10th place at the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division Team Divisional at Soule Park Golf Course in Ojai. Boys soccer The Indians pushed CIF-Southern Section Division 4 No. 1 seed Desert Mirage of Thermal to the edge in the second round, but fell 2-1. Girls soccer The Indians walked the wire in postseason play, winning three playoff games by one goal to advance to the Division 1 semis. A loss to Mater Dei of Santa Ana in the semis and a loss to Bullard of Fresno in a SoCal regional ended Hart’s year. Softball In one of the SCV’s best playoff runs of 2017, Hart never said die on the way to an improbable CIF D3 championship game berth. The Indians lost 3-1 to Murrieta Mesa in eight innings. Girls tennis The Foothill League’s third-place team lost 14-4 to Oak Park High in a CIF-SS D2 wild-card match. Girls volleyball Hart finished tied for third in the Foothill League and drew eventual-semifinalist Marlborough of Los Angeles in the first round of the D2 playoffs. The Indians lost 3-0.