When Paul Bass took over the Edmond Santa Fe girls basketball program, his mission was clear. He said he was hoping to build a foundation that was based on qualifying for the state tournament.
Soon reaching the state tournament wasn't enough. The Wolves reached the championship game in 2006.
And when the influx of talent that has come through in the last few years started to mature, the gold ball was all that mattered.
It all culminated two weeks ago when the Wolves became the first girls basketball team in Edmond Public Schools history to win a championship, knocking off No. 1-ranked and previously undefeated Midwest City.
“These girls just play so well together,” Bass said. “They share the ball and they all have tremendous character. That's something we've prided ourselves on.”
The Wolves celebrated the girls title victory Friday afternoon in an assembly in the gym, unveiling the championship banner that will hang in the gym.
“That was awesome. It was great to see that and know all the hard work was worth it,” sophomore Cameerah Graves said.
Also recognized in the assembly was the school's robotics team, the boys basketball team and members of the boys track team. Track members Alex Skinner, Gunnar Nixon, Travis Hinton and Korey Eakers were celebrated for their performance at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York.
On the same day the girls were winning the gold ball, the four achieved all-American status at Nationals. Nixon also won the pentathlon, setting a national record in the process.