There is certainly a quiet quality about the Barrett sisters, a trio of girls that showed up to class at Citrus Valley High School.
For athletics’ sake, there is plenty of Lady Blackhawk athletes that have taken that step into the collegiate world. Loads of softball kids. Plenty of soccer players. Claire Graves outran virtually everyone in her path. Kyrah Johnson was deadly on the track.
Meanwhile, the Barrett sisters were a perfect fit at Citrus Valley.
No one’s calling attention to their achievements -- athletically, or otherwise. Great fit in the classroom. Showed up at practice. Games were nothing more than all-out effort until the final whistle or the last point played.
Natalie plays soccer at Chico State.
Hannah was part of Cal State San Bernardino’s perennial volleyball powerhouse.
Jackie will soon be off to NCAA Division 1 Auburn.
Their mother, Tina Raddish, quietly coaches her Citrus Valley High varsity volleyball team — a post she’s held since 2012. A year after taking over the Lady Blackhawks, finishing second in the old Mountain Valley League standings, her teams took down perennial powerhouse Rim of the World in Citrus Valley’s first-ever league title.
Their dad, incidentally, is Marty Barrett, who has stealthily helped create Super Bowl rosters in Chicago (18 years), Philadelphia (2016-2018) and currently with the Los Angeles Rams after initially beginning his scouting career for the New Orleans Saints in the mid-1990s.
“Think he’d talk to me for a story?” I asked Tina.
“What do you want to know?” she asked.
“I always like to let the subject take me to my story,” I answered. “Every time I have a pre-conceived idea for a story, it never works out.”
Maybe, folks -- down the road.
Raddish, like her Citrus Valley coaching comrade, football’s Kurt Bruich, is a Fontana High product.
Robert Vansant, a basketball player at Fohi in those years, is Redlands East Valley’s volleyball coach.
“We all knew each other,” said Raddish, “at Fontana.”
She not so quietly mocks the attention Fontana football received during that era.
“We won CIF (girls basketball) before they won their (1987) CIF championship,” she said.
Not that Lady Steelers’ hoops were completely ignored. It’s just that Steeler football was off the charts, big-time. Raddish, of Rutgers, remembers.
“If you got to a football game late,” she said, “you had to sit on the visitors’ side.”
Jack Willis coached and Debbie Arnold was CIF Player of the Year during that 1984 girls basketball run.
“Debbie lives in Highland,” said Raddish. “Her kids were good athletes (at Loma Linda Academy).
“Fontana was a small city back then,” said Raddish, noting it was before the opening of A.B. Miller, Kaiser, Summit and Jurupa Hills campuses in the coming years.
Raddish, for her part, doesn’t go out of her way to bring public scrutiny to mark her connection to her husband’s career. Or their daughters’ success.
“He’s on the road a lot,” she said.
What’s curious is their daughters’ college biographies that don’t reference their dad’s rather prominent position.
“Parents are Martin Barrett,” reads Natalie’s Chico State bio, “and Tina Raddish.” No mention of her folks’ status in the world.
Hannah’s bio was slightly different. “Daughter of Marty Barrett and Tina Raddish.” Again, no mention of the Bears, Eagles or Rams.
It’ll be interesting to see Jackie’s bio at Auburn, especially since the Tigers have furnished her dad’s employers with prospects around the NFL.
That humble nature, though, has a purpose.
Jackie Barrett, was Citrus Valley’s best player. Raddish, who watched some true talent — Arizona State’s Claire Kovensky, Texas Southern University’s Danielle Lilley, not to mention her own daughters — traipse through the Blackhawks’ gym, struggled to determine her team’s best approach to attack opposing teams this past fall.
“Jackie’s my daughter,” she offered, not having blown that “cover” in previous chats about her teams. “She’s the best setter, which is the position she’ll play in college.
“She’s also our best hitter.”
Trying to showcase her team’s best options without intentionally going out of her way to spotlight Jackie’s skills was an issue.
Raddish was hoping she could coach this season’s Lady Blackhawks squad using Jackie’s best features. She could set or hit away. How do you do that without attracting some pangs of nepotism?
It’s all part of the job.
Like most other events that could’ve been raised, the Barrett household just stayed consistent.
They kept it quiet.