April 3, 2009 was not just another day of school for the Brea High School Wildcats. Not only was their Girls' Basketball Team being honored by MaxPreps and the California Army National Guard for its #1 rank finish in the Nation, but its Cheerleading Squad had just come home from nationals as National Champs. Two national champions celebrating under one roof, incredible. The atmosphere was intense as the school prepared for its second-to-last pep rally of the year, the infamous "Boys vs. Girls" showdown. There were competitions, dance-offs (teachers and students, select sports), and they did not disappoint. It was one of the most electrifying School spirit moments witnessed during the MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard over the past 3 years.
Towards the latter half of the pep rally, it was time for the Tour of Champions National Ranking Minuteman Trophy. Coach Jeff Sink and the Lady Cats were driven in on golf carts and circled the gym to the cheers of the student-body. Coach Sink is no stranger to success. As I gazed up at the many banners on the walls of the Wildcat basketball gym it was evident that the Lady Cat Basketball Team had been a basketball power for quite some time. The young women did not seem overly enthralled by their accomplishments, but exhibited a quiet air of confidence. They were humble and received their recognition with the utmost modesty. It is no wonder why they have continued success and why their program is what it is. Best wishes to the Brea Olinda High School Wildcats and their future endeavors! You have displayed what a championship team should look, act, and behave like. Thank you for your example and your sportsmanship. We need more teams like yours.