Yosemite High is champion of Central Section boys tennis for the first time in school history.
The Badgers beat Lemoore 5-4 to win the Division III team title May 20, a crown that had eluded the program three consecutive years while they delivered undefeated seasons for four years running.
The Stewart brothers, freshman Colby and senior Burke, made it happen with a thrilling rally in the final doubles match.
"It was a roller-coaster, we were up, we were down but we pushed through the pressure and so much of that pressure landed on the Stewart brothers," said Steven Standefer, a former team member turned first-year coach of the Badgers.
Yosemite knocked off Dinuba, the team that stole the title from the Badgers last year, and No. 1 seed Taft to reach the final against Lemoore.
The Badgers' singles performance was stellar, securing a 4-2 lead mid-day but Lemoore won two doubles matches, leveling the score 4-4 with the Stewarts, the youngest and oldest Badger tennis team members, still on the court.
The Tigers zipped to a 5-1 lead in the set before the Stewarts won four straight games to force a tiebreaker.
The Stewarts were down 8-5 when Standefer called a timeout.
This wasn't the first time Standefer was standing on a court in a section doubles match with Burke. The two were doubles teammates last year when they lost the title to Dinuba. Standefer reminded Burke how long they had been fighting together for the title and asked the brothers to show him how much they really wanted CIF rings.
The Stewart brothers responded with five straight points, winning the tiebreaker 10-8 for the championship-clinching victory.
The brothers' resolve and win left Standefer nearly speechless.
"I'm not the coach, I am a part of the team," said Standefer, "and after playing with these guys for three years, it was an honor to finally take the CIF title and make YHS history with my team."