OROVILLE, Calif. -- The womens' basketball team for Butte College won its first league title since the 2010-11 season.
A 30 point win over Feather River College solidified the Roadrunners a banner that Head Coach Tyler Newton that wanted from the moment he took over the program three seasons ago.
"I gave myself three years knowing what I was coming into and I really wanted to have a goal of if I'm not comepting for a league title in three years then I don't feel like I'm doing my job," said Newton.
His first year ended in a dissapointing 4-20 season, but little by little, his squad improved. The next year the Roadrunners won 11 games before doubling that this season finishing 22-4.
Freshman Chloe Mayer played under Newton during her time as a Pleasant Valley Viking. She's not surprised at how well the program has turned around. "That just shows of how good of a coach he is. It took him three years to already win a league title and it takes other coaches 10, 20 years," said Mayer.
With a chance to rebuild the program, Newton turned to bringing in his type of players.
"Recruiting is key especially at this level. If you don't get kids that a) care about the game and are passionate, and b) can actually really compete and play, you're not going to have a successful program."
He also needed a coaching staff that he could trust. "To be honest, this doesn't happen without my guys," as Newton raises the net around his neck that he cut down from the rim. Newton added, "Ever yday we're all sacrificing. Some volunteer, some make a little bit of money, it's just buying into the culture and wanting to be apart of something special."
Newton coaches hard, but his players wouldn't want it any other way thanks to the foundation of their relationship.
Mayer says, "I don't know another coach that takes their players to get their toe nails done, takes us to dinner all the time, and has us over at his house. He takes time to build a relationship with all of us individually and so he's able to do that (yelling) because he builds a relationship."
Coach Ty agrees. "They know that I'd do anything for those kids and in the behind-the-scenes stuff the late night phone calls, the text messages, staying after practice to work with kids, coming before practice working with kids, and just really anything they need I want to make sure I'm there for them and that allows me to hold them accountable."
Now that the regular season is over, comes playoffs. "We realize this is a great acheviement for us and we've checked off our first goal for the season, but this program hasn't even been to a state game let alone won a state game. We're going to rest up for a couple days and Monday is back to work to try and get us a win."
That quest for a state championship starts next Saturday on February 29th. They'll face Yuba City College as the number three seed.