What more can Drew Hibbs and Steve White do for high school basketball programs that have already done it all?
Do some more.
Hibbs is the boys coach at Foothill and The Bee's Coach of the Decade for the 2000s. White coaches Oak Ridge's girls and the trophy case is filling up fast in El Dorado Hills.
Hibbs, the only area boys coach to win two state titles, leads the top-seeded Mustangs into tonight's Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship game at Power Balance Pavilion against second-seeded Sierra of Manteca. Foothill won section titles in 1997, 2002 and 2003 and has advanced five teams to the Northern California tournament.
Foothill has star power in Michael Bryson, a 6-foot-5 senior guard headed to UC Santa Barbara. The Mustangs have won 22 consecutive games.
Oak Ridge reached new heights in 2010, its first year in the D-I field, after winning the D-II section title in 2009. The Trojans won section, NorCal and state titles in 2010 with Sara James, now at Stanford, leading the way. There are no holdovers from that team, but Oak Ridge muscled its way back into the section title game as the No. 6 seed and will face No. 4 seed Kennedy on Saturday at Power Balance.
Oak Ridge might not have any national recruits, but 6-1 post Lauren Sende has stood tall lately. She scored 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds against No. 2 Armijo in a semifinal victory.
More achievers Since becoming a high school coach in 1969 with college stops and a retirement or two sprinkled in since Terry Battenberg hasn't won a section banner.
He'll get his chance today at Power Balance Pavilion when he leads a young, talented and top-seeded Capital Christian boys team against No. 2 Central Catholic in Division V.
In his first season as a high school coach, Battenberg led Jesuit to what was then the Tournament of Champions title, the precursor to the section tournament.
The top-seeded Sacramento girls go for a D-III repeat tonight against No. 3 Modesto Christian.
The Dragons pride themselves on defense, which is led by post player Ayanna Edwards and guards in Briana Womack, Jehiah Cook and Jasmine Ware. Sac High is unbeaten this season against section schools, losing only to out-of-area/state powers.
No school has a rooting section to rival Antelope's student "Red Zone," which was in full force Wednesday to provide a backdrop of color and noise for the red-hot Titans, winners of 27 in a row heading into Saturday's D-II title game against No. 7 Lodi.
Antelope coach Rob Richards said he'd like to see all schools adopt this model of student support.
"There's no reason other schools can't do this," the coach said.