What followed California's two district championship wins last week at Versailles was nothing but celebration, from the players and coaches to the fans and the community. It's the first time in the history of California High School basketball that both the girls and boys teams have won the district. And it's been 22 years since the Pintos have won a district championship. So it's no wonder the community was buzzing with pride.
CHS Athletic Director Bob Staton, whose son Mike Staton was a member of the last California boys' team (1990) to win the district championship, said, "It really made me realize how long it had been that our boys have had the opportunity to experience a district championship and enjoy all that comes with it. It's also special for me because I have a close bond with this senior class. When I retired from the state, I taught seventh grade science and had all of them in class. Then I coached the boys in seventh and eighth grade football. Then I had these seniors when I taught freshman physical education. It makes all of this extra special for me."
For more of this story check out the March 14 issue of the California Democrat.