John William Parsons

Half Moon Bay High School boys basketball head coach John William Parsons leads the Cougars at the CIF Division IV state championships in Sacramento on Saturday.

The road to Sacramento, regardless of where you begin, takes you through flat farmland. California’s capital city struggles up from that fertile soil like a weed amid the wine grapes and almond trees. Surrounding this accident of man’s making are clutches of humanity sometimes derisively called “cow towns” for reasons that are obvious if you crack the car window as you barrel along Interstate 80.

You don’t have to tell kids from Half Moon Bay High School how it feels to be from one of those rural outposts. Those guys on the varsity boys basketball team knew before buckling in for the hours-long trip to Sacramento and the CIF state basketball championships over the weekend that other teams from more well-traveled locales would consider them rubes huddled around a red pin somewhere below San Francisco on the Google map.

Clay Lambert is the editorial director for Coastside News Group. After years working at regional daily newspapers, he began as editor of the Half Moon Bay Review in 2004.

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Spot on Clay......well put.

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