Bragging rights just took on a decidedly new tone in Placer County.
The holidays at the Hershberger home will include championship chatter in the coming weeks, headed by Brooke and older brother Beau. Brooke, you see, has scored one for team and personal pride.
A year after Beau helped Granite Bay High School to a CIF State Division I football title-game win over nationally renowned Long Beach Poly as an all-state linebacker, Brooke helped the Grizzlies’ volleyball team win the state Division I championship last weekend as a junior front-line player.
“We’re clearly equal now,” Brooke said this week amid laughter. “Beau can’t rub it in anymore that he’s the only champion.”
Each sibling’s team achieved a regional breakthrough. Beau’s Grizzlies were the first Sac-Joaquin Section D-I program to win a state football championship (Grant won the Open in 2008 and Folsom in D-II in 2010).
To a degree, Brooke topped her brother. Her Grizzlies produced the best single-season record in state history at 45-0, regardless of division. No section team has ever gone unbeaten, nor had any won a state D-I championship.
And the grand topper: Brooke and Beau are just the second sister-brother act in state history to win state titles, according to MaxPreps, and it’s happened five other times nationally.
Though the Hershberger siblings compete (Brooke’s grade-point average of 4.1 was slightly better than Beau’s, by the way), they are close. They are the best of friends, texting and calling each other regularly. They attend each other’s sporting events when schedules allow. Beau just finished his freshman football season at Nevada, and when he could not make big matches, he would flood Brooke’s cellphone with text messages of support and admiration.
Though Beau was a redshirt this season, Brooke attended most Nevada home games.
During the summer and holidays, the siblings will stay up well into the night talking and laughing about hopes and dreams.
“Last summer, we’d get up and ride our bikes over to a track to run,” Brooke said. “We’ve always been close. I don’t know what I’d do without my brother.”
Brooke and Beau said the foundation of the family starts with Karen and Greg Hershberger, two of the most fit parents you’ll find. Greg played wide receiver at Chico State in the early 1980s. It wasn’t until Beau’s final years at Granite Bay that he could finally out-bench press his pop, a moment that had both jumping for joy.
“Our parents are the reason we’re in such good shape and good students,” Brooke said. “It starts with them.”
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