All-Bee Teams

2011 Girls Basketball All-Star Team

Madison Parrish

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

She's qualified because: Four-time Bee All-Star, including two-time Player of the Year, went 104-22 in her career with four Central Section titles – Division I this season after two in D-II and one in D-III. Went 48-0 while winning four MVP awards in the West Yosemite League. Will also take with her to Fresno State a career resume that includes 1,630 points, 900 assists, 508 steals and 337 rebounds. She closed the books by averaging 14.2 points, 8.0 assists and 4.4 steals this season for a 22-8 team that defeated Clovis East 73-56 in the D-I championship. She delivered 17 points, 10 assists and six steals in that game at Selland Arena.

Next stop: The Save Mart Center

Tom Parrish

He's qualified because: Has won four consecutive Central Section championships, including Division I this season, in a six-year career that has seen the Bullpups go 149-37 (.801 winning percentage). Has won West Yosemite League titles and made a section final each year, also winning D-III in 2008 and D-II in '09 and '10. Never has a boys or girls program in section history captured titles in three divisions within four years.

It began without a plan – certainly not a 12-year plan – dad simply helping little Madi and friends a bit older play basketball.

Amazing how that story would develop for Tom and Madison Parrish. It would become one of dedication, extraordinary success and, above all, history for Hanford High.

Having teamed for the last time on the court, dad and daughter – as The Bee's girls Coach and Player of the Year – can now relax, reflect and share something that's never been achieved in Central Section basketball, boys or girls.

It isn't that they've won four consecutive section titles – that's been done before. But the Bullpups won their championships in three divisions – unprecedented in the section's 94-year history.

Too good for Division III, deemed section management, Hanford was bumped up to D-II in 2009.

Too good for D-II, the Bullpups were then bumped to D-I this season.

And not only did they win that division as well, they crushed three playoff foes by an average of 34 points, culminating with a 73-56 rout of Clovis East for the crown.

"It's always good to win," says Madison Parrish, who went 104-22 in her four-year career. "But I think it's pretty cool that you can win every division in the Valley and nobody else can say they did that."

Technically, the Bullpups didn't quite win "every" division – not that the smaller divisions IV and V would want any part of Hanford.

As it turned out in this year's D-I playoffs, the Bullpups – with an enrollment of 1,649 – torched Buchanan (2,680 students) by 49 points and Edison (2,344) by 36 before dismantling Clovis East (2,280) in a game Hanford forced 33 turnovers.

No shock.

The Bullpups forced 45 turnovers against Edison and 35 against Buchanan.

That's what the Parrishes do, with considerable help, in a program reflecting the calloused hands of the father – a 25-year foreman for Zoeneveld Farms in Kings County.

"I don't claim to be the smartest coach around," he says, "so my philosophy is: If you're not smart enough, then by gosh just outwork people. And I think that's what we do in general."

Clovis East, Edison and Buchanan were much more physically imposing than the Bullpups, but their height advantages were rendered meaningless against Hanford's fullcourt press.

It's an umbrella scheme that traps ballhandlers at the top, the two sides and below (the handle, if you will). Basically, Hanford's five defenders appear as 10 – two-player traps everywhere.

"They're a machine," Edison coach Sue Mahackian says.

And at the wheel was Madison Parrish, who went 75-0 against Central Section teams in her four years.

"Dependable," is how Bee All-Star teammate Bayli McClard, a sophomore, describes her.

Better known as Madi, the point guard could be depended upon advancing the ball upcourt, penetrating the key and either assisting teammates or scoring herself.

Defensively, she was part of the umbrella trap.

And that's what she fell into – yet in a positive way – as a second-grader, playing up against third- and fourth-graders as dad took over the MJB All-Stars in Hanford.

"That's how this whole thing got started," says dad, eventually asked by parents to take over Hanford's varsity in 2005.

He's gone 149-37 since, helped in part by a dynasty-driven youth program taken over since by his brother, Jeff.

For Tom and Madi Parrish, that developed into a mutual extension of love – dad balancing his work ethic from the ranch with fundamental skills on the court; daughter accepting the demands and running with them in a legacy about to be advanced at Fresno State.

"Playing for my dad pushed me harder, pushed me to my limits, basically," she says, "because I didn't want the rest of the team to think I could slack off just because he was coach."

Now the transition for dad – whistle without daughter after coaching her an estimated 700 games.

"I've thought about it," he says, "and it's going to be different."

The natural assumption was the two-time Bee Coach of the Year would bail upon her graduation.

Not happening, but for how long?

"As long as I have kids who want to work as hard as I want them to, then I'll stick around," he says. "When the kids say, 'I don't want to win the league that bad. I don't want to win the Valley that bad,' then it's time for me to go.

"And that's where I'm leaving it."

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