When she tries, Sidney Parker can still remember the emotions, the mental toll it took to watch her best friend crumple to the ground with an injury that looked serious before any official diagnosis. It wasn’t just that Maddi Wilcox was in pain. It was also the opponent, the circumstances.

After three trips to the 5A volleyball state tournament and two third place trophies in her first four seasons as head coach, Meranda Maestas’ Bobcats claimed the elusive blue trophy in October at Ridgevue High School in Nampa.