We all need to remember that this is high school athletics. There are years where the talent pool alligns with coaching (either poor or great on either end). When a successful program has a down year or two after being successful do you think the coach woke up one morning and forgot how to coach? Take Paul Mayer, head boys basketball coach at Hanford, for example. He has always done great things with the kids that he has. He has a basketball mind that is one of the very best. This year was a lean talent year for Hanford. They were not successful in the win/loss column. I saw one game and he was obviously frustrated with the outcome of the season. Did he forget how to coach? NO! He is still a great coach and he sqeezed every ounce of talent and effort out of his kids that year. Did Coach Elder (EV boys coach) forget how to coach? Hardly! His kids showed up every night with a mission. Did it turn into wins? Not often, but I bet if you ask any CWAC coach if they would like to put their post season on the line against this EV team and coach Elder, there wouldn't be many takers. Coach Raab prepares his kids the way he sees fit. Is this EV girls team as talented as some of the EV teams in the past...not sure. I do know one thing though, if I had a gun to my head and had to pick EV girls to win or lose, I would surely pick them to win and then take my chances.