Corcoran’s Doug White: The best you don’t know, and here’s why

Doug White and his Corcoran girls basketball team celebrate after clinching the 2001 D-IV section championship.

Corcoran’s Doug White, the Central Section’s most successful coach with the least credit in the past 20 years, continues to plow forward — anonymously.

Few people will notice tonight when he buses his Panthers girls basketball team to sixth-ranked Clovis, where he has no business playing.

But this is what he does; this is what he has always done, matching 950-student Corcoran against larger schools to better prepare the Panthers for the postseason.

This is perhaps White’s leanest year, talent wise, in a 19-year career that has delivered a 408-149 record — third in section girls hoops history only to Karen Wood (443-157) and Glen Hager (432-166), who remains at Stockdale.

Corcoran’s 4-9 record this season includes losses to larger schools Hanford West (66-39), Buchanan (47-15), Sunnyside (43-11) and Lemoore (58-43).

White’s 10 section titles are a record — for boys or girls — in section basketball, according to historian Bob Barnett. And White has also won 15 league championships.

This success caused the section’s CIF, in its ongoing “competitive equity” mission, to bump up the Panthers three years ago from Division IV to III.

They haven’t threatened for a section title since. And who would expect them to, competing against many schools double their enrollment?

Yet that hasn’t deterred White from marching forward with all the aggression he always had.

Gotta hand it to him — and few people have.

CW’s Central Valley Showdown: Section’s best girls hoops tourney — EVER!

State two-time defending Division I champion Mater Dei-Santa Ana is one of four state preseason Top 25-ranked girls basketball teams in this week’s Central Valley Showdown at Clovis West.

State-ranked teams in the 16-school field — the strongest in section girls basketball history — are No. 3 Mater Dei (34-3 last season), No. 14 Lynwood (26-5), No 15 Hanford (25-5) and No. 21 Ridgeview (24-8).

Hanford (D-I, Ridgeview (D-III) and Memorial (D-IV) are 2012 Central Section champions entered in the event, which will run Thursday through Saturday at two Clovis West gyms.

College-bound players in the tourney include Hanford’s Bayli McGlard (Gonzaga), Ridgeview’s Erica McCall (Stanford) and Mater Dei’s Karlie Lou (Stanford).

Bullard (23-6), a rising section program under coach Bill Engel, will learn firsthand what it’s like at the top when the Knights close first-round play against Mater Dei at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the main gym.

Other first-rounders: Clovis East vs. Ridgeview, 4 p.m. (Gym 2); Memorial vs. Clovis West, 4 p.m. (Gym 1); Clovis North vs. Lincoln-Stockton, 5:30 p.m. (Gym 2); Buchanan vs. Oakridge-El Dorado Hills, 5:30 p.m. (Gym 1); Clayton Valley-Concord vs. Hanford, 7 p.m. (Gym 1); Clovis vs. Armijo-Fairfield, 7 p.m. (Gym 2); Bullard vs. Mater Dei-Santa Ana, 8:30 p.m. (Gym 1); Liberty-Bakersfield vs. Lynwood, 8:30 p.m. (Gym 2).

The championship is set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the main gym.